Climate change adaptation for rural communities dependent on agriculture and tourism in marginal farming areas of the Hwange District, Zimbabwe (Nhemachena, Charles / Mano, Reneth / Shakespear, Mudombi / Muwanigwa, Virginia)

Rural communities in northwest Zimbabwe derive their livelihoods from rainfed agriculture and from tourism associated with Victoria Falls and the adjacent Hwange National Park. The region’s climate is characterised by high temperatures and low and highly variable rainfall. Current climate and future climate change thus pose significant risks to maize-based food production in this region. Given future projections of climate change for this region, and for southern Africa more generally, farming systems are expected to undergo profound changes in order to adapt. The project will consider adaptation in marginal farming areas that are co-dependent on agriculture and the tourism industry, and how these two key livelihood resources could interact under future climate change. Potential adaptation strategies will be considered as a means to strengthen and supplement local livelihoods based on production of both food crops and sales of non-farm forest products to tourists and the tourist support industry in the areas near Victoria Falls and Hwange National Park.



Created Date: 04-11-2015
Last Updated Date: 30-11-2015
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