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Building Climate Change Resilient Communities in Africa

Insights from Zimbabwe's urban and rural areas

‘Resilience’ is a buzzword in the discussion on climate change. But what does it exactly mean and what could it look like in the context of specific communities? This collection of insights from economists, sociologists, social workers, lawyers, agriculturists and natural scientists on case studies of Zimbabwe aims to start a more specific discourse on the topic of resilience.

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Countries in the tropics and global south such as Zimbabwe are experiencing increasing climate induced extremes and change with projections pointing to increasing impacts of these impacts. The related extremes and Climate Change impacts include recent occurrences such as the Tropical Cyclone Idai, that ravaged Zimbabwe, Mozambique and Malawi; recurrent droughts which have affected Zimbabwe over the past three years, prolonged dry spells, erratic rainfall and violent hailstorms. Prior to these catastrophic events, research had long identified how farmers in southern Africa continue to face such vulnerabilities. Furthermore, studies have noted the centrality of Smallholder farmers to agriculture development in Southern Africa for the unforeseeable future, despite their reliance on rainfall for agriculture. Equipping and preparing smallholder farmers with knowledge and resources on how to adapt and mitigate climate change, at the same time remaining food and income secure is critical. Urban areas have also not been spared by the negative impacts of Climate Change. Key among these include water shortages due to desiccation of water traditional water sources such dams, rivers and other natural aquifers; violent hailstorms; heat waves and hydro-power shortages due to dwindling water levels in Kariba dam.

Hidden impacts include job losses, suppressed industrial activity, poverty and the ever rising food and raw material prices which could potentially create instability. Trying to understand and proffer solutions to these impacts calls for both multi-stakeholder and multi-disciplinary efforts. This resilience-building effort requires both rural and urban focus. This book brings together authors including economists, sociologists, social workers, lawyers, agriculturists and natural scientists from different institutions and focus areas to address these issues. Key stakeholders and practitioners including government departments, development partners, civil society, and academic are invited to utilise this book, as one of the resources to manage Climate Change.



Table Of Content


Chapter 01 Effects Of Climate Change: An Introduction

Billy Mukamuri, Kefasi Nyikahadzoi,

Tafadzwa Dhlakama And Byron Zamasiya


Chapter 02 Climate Change And Crop Production In Zimbabwe: An Error Correction Modelling Approach

Shingirirai Mashura


Chapter 03 Captivity To Traditional Production Technologies And Its Impact On Vulnerability To Consumption Shortfall During A Drought Shock : Evidence From Smallholder Farmers In Hurungwe, Zimbabwe

Byron Zamasiya, Kefasi Nyikahadzoi, Billy Billiard Mukamuri


Chapter 04 Determinants Of Household Food Security Using Hierarchical Linear Modelling (Hlm) Technique: A Case Study Of Smallholder Farmers In Hwedza District In Zimbabwe

Byron Zamasiya, Kefasi Nyikahadzoi, Billy Billiard Mukamuri


Chapter 05 Investigating The Effects Of Climate-Change On Households Food Security And Community Response Strategies In Zimbabwe: The Case Of Female-Headed Households In Ward 30, Buhera District

Ruparanganda L., And Nyikahadzoi K.


Chapter 06 Impact Of Climate-Change On The Livelihoods Activities Of Former Commercial Farm Workers In Mazowe South Constituency, Zimbabwe

Vincent Mabvurira And Belamino K Chikwaiwa


Chapter 07 Climate Change Mitigation In Media Discourses And Public Attitudes: A Corpus- Aided Analysis Of Selected Media Messages And Responses From Urbanising Participants In Mvuma

Achieford Mhondera And Laston Mukaro


Chapter 08 Impact Of Climate-Change On Falciparum Malaria Prevalence In Masvingo Urban, Zimbabwe

Lazarus Chapungu


Chapter 09 The Impact Of Climate-Change And Fishing Effort On Kapenta Catches In Lake Kariba

Crispen Phiri, Wilson Mhlanga, Gregory Nyaguse,

Nobuhle Ndhlovu, Kefasi Nyikahadzoi


Chapter 10 Challenges Of Climate-Change Mitigation Projects And Meeting Livelihoods Demands Of Local Communities: A Case Of The Kariba Redd+ Project In Hurungwe District, Zimbabwe

Lindiwe Mangwanya, Vupenyu Dzingirai


Chapter 11 Enhancing The Climate Change Adaptive Capacity Of Communities In Zimbabwe: Insights From The Cases Studies (Zimbabwe)

Kefasi Nyikahadzoi, Billy Mukamuri And Byron Zamasiya


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