Initiatives to boost resilience towards El Niño in Zimbabwe’s rural communities

Jàmbá: Journal of Disaster Risk Studies

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Title Initiatives to boost resilience towards El Niño in Zimbabwe’s rural communities
Creator Matunhu, Jephias Mago, Stephen Matunhu, Viola
Subject Development Studies; Sustainability Studies; Disaster Management El Niño; rural communities; livelihoods; resilience; poverty; Zimbabwe
Description Most Zimbabweans living in rural areas experience acute shortages of water for domestic and agricultural purposes. Household poverty amongst rural inhabitants is also increasing because of factors such as El Niño-induced droughts, overdependence on donor assistance and government’s failure to invest in sufficient water infrastructure. The purpose of this article is to interrogate the initiatives that have been taken to alleviate food insecurity in Zimbabwe’s rural communities. Under the spotlight are the strategies that rural communities and other stakeholders embraced to adapt to the effects of El Niño and to reduce food poverty. We used extensive literature review methodology and explorative qualitative design to investigate how rural communities and other stakeholders in Zimbabwe deal with the issues of food security in the context of persistent El Niño-induced droughts. The results show that rural communities in Zimbabwe continue to experience food security challenges that require collaboration between communities, government, non-governmental organisations (NGOs) and other stakeholders to build resilience against El Niño-induced droughts. Modernising water supply systems and agricultural management systems can improve the efficiency and effectiveness in food production and distribution.
Publisher AOSIS
Contributor n/a
Date 2022-02-16
Type info:eu-repo/semantics/article info:eu-repo/semantics/publishedVersion — Literature review
Format text/html application/epub+zip text/xml application/pdf
Identifier 10.4102/jamba.v14i1.1194
Source Jàmbá: Journal of Disaster Risk Studies; Vol 14, No 1 (2022); 8 pages 1996-1421 2072-845X
Language eng
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Coverage Southern Africa; Zimbabwe n/a n/a
Rights Copyright (c) 2022 Jephias Matunhu, Stephen Mago, Viola Matunhu