Monday, July 02, 2007

Rural livelihoods research

Okavango Delta fishermen, Aquarap 2000

HOORC researchers Professor Donald Kgathi and Dr Barbara Ngwenya, with associate Dr Julie Wilk of Linkoping University, have published their research about how Okavango communities have coped with disruption of their economies by illness and environmental events. Shocks and rural livelihoods in the Okavango Delta, Botswana, recently published in Development Southern Africa, describes adaptive behaviour of villagers in the face of drying river channels, the spread of HIV/AIDS, and livestock diseases, and suggests that understanding this behaviour can be used to develop diversification strategies that might reduce the impact of future shocks. You can find the article in HOORC's Library.

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