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Shocks and rural livelihoods in the Okavango Delta, Botswana
University of Botswana, Botswana.
University of Botswana, Botswana.
Linköping University, Department of Thematic Studies, Centre for Climate Science and Policy Research. Linköping University, Department of Thematic Studies, Department of Water and Environmental Studies. Linköping University, Faculty of Arts and Sciences.
2007 (English)In: Development Southern Africa, ISSN 0376-835X, E-ISSN 1470-3637, Vol. 24, no 2, 289-308 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This paper describes the impacts that three shocks in the Okavango Delta, Botswana, have had on rural livelihoods: the desiccation of river channels, animal diseases, and HIV/AIDS. Primary data was collected from five study areas, using formal questionnaire interviews and focus group discussions. The paper reveals the adverse effects on rural livelihoods. It describes the way households have been exposed to poverty and vulnerability and the various ways they have coped or adapted, such as by re-allocating their labour, liquidating their assets to cover medical expenses and funeral costs, reducing the area ploughed for crops, hiring labour, digging wells and switching from flood recession agriculture to dryland farming. The Botswana government has provided safety nets to help households cope, but this paper recommends that people’s responses to these shocks should be taken into account in future policy and programme formulation.

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Routledge, 2007. Vol. 24, no 2, 289-308 p.
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shocks, rural livelihoods, Okavango Delta
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URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-79284DOI: 10.1080/03768350701327186OAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-79284DiVA: diva2:540138
Available from: 2012-07-07 Created: 2012-07-07 Last updated: 2017-12-07Bibliographically approved

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