Hazards and opportunities
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CTA. 1996. Hazards and opportunities. Spore 65. CTA, Wageningen, The Netherlands.
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Hazards and opportunities - farming livelihoods in dryland Africa: lessons from Zimbabwe compiled by Ian Scoones et al available from CTA
This book is about the challenges faced by people living in dryland areas. Lessons for policy and practice are drawn from a detailed case study carried out during the first half of the 1990s in Chivi communal area, in southern Zimbabwe. This book shows, that even over relatively short distances, different histories, different ecologies and different economic and social relations mean that there are significant contrast in responses to risk and uncertainty. However, some central themes of this book are of wide relevance to dryland development in Africa and elsewhere. Chapters in the book discuss the processes of farmer innovation and experimentation and their articulation with scientific research and formal extension; the historical evolution of agricultural landscapes and how they are shaped by external policy, macro-economic factors as well as farmers; and the dynamics of drought including local-level coping strategies and the implications for food relief policy. All of these issues are the subject of intense debate in the search for sustainable development in Africa's drylands. All are brought into sharp relief by the case study analysis. Hazards and opportunities - farming livelihoods in dryland Africa: lessons from Zimbabwe compiled by Ian Scoones et al available from CTA