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Coping with Multiple Stresses in Rural South Africa

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dc.contributor.author Quinn, Claire H.
dc.contributor.author Ziervogel, Gina
dc.contributor.author Taylor, Anna
dc.contributor.author Takama, Takeshi
dc.contributor.author Thomalla, Frank
dc.date.accessioned 2011-10-24T20:13:57Z
dc.date.available 2011-10-24T20:13:57Z
dc.date.issued 2011 en_US
dc.identifier.uri https://hdl.handle.net/10535/7635
dc.description.abstract "In this paper, we aim to investigate how local communities cope with and adapt to multiple stresses in rural semiarid South Africa. In semiarid regions water scarcity is one of a number of stresses that shape livelihood vulnerability. With climate change, it is predicted that rainfall in South Africa will become more uncertain and variable in the future, exposing more people to water insecurity. At the same time, the impacts of disease, a lack of institutional capacity, and limited livelihood opportunities can combine to limit adaptive capacity. Therefore, adaptation to changing climate should not be viewed in isolation but instead in the context of social, economic, and political conditions, all of which shape local community vulnerability and peoples ability to cope with and adapt to change. This study uses a qualitative-quantitative-qualitative framework, including the use of a stated preference survey, to identify the drivers of agroecosystem change, to understand the capacity of households to cope with droughts, and to determine the ability of local institutions to respond to crises. The analysis suggests that the capacity of the agroecosystem to remain productive during droughts is decreasing, individual/household adaptive capacity remains low, and institutional capacity faces considerable barriers that prevent it from supporting households to adapt to multiple stresses. This research adds weight to the claim that vulnerability reflects multiple forces and processes, and that multiple stresses, that are agroecological, socioeconomic, and institutional in nature, need to be examined to understand vulnerability and to prevent maladaptation." en_US
dc.language English en_US
dc.subject climate change en_US
dc.subject food supply en_US
dc.subject vulnerability en_US
dc.title Coping with Multiple Stresses in Rural South Africa en_US
dc.type Journal Article en_US
dc.type.published published en_US
dc.type.methodology Case Study en_US
dc.coverage.region Africa en_US
dc.coverage.country South Africa en_US
dc.subject.sector General & Multiple Resources en_US
dc.identifier.citationjournal Ecology and Society en_US
dc.identifier.citationvolume 16 en_US
dc.identifier.citationnumber 3 en_US
dc.identifier.citationmonth September en_US

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