Improving Livelihoods of Resettled Farmers Through Development of a Knowledge Base on Climate Change in Mhondoro – Ngezi District, Zimbabwe
International Journal of Sustainable Development Research
Volume 3, Issue 2, March 2017, Pages: 18-26
Received: May 30, 2017;
Accepted: Jun. 29, 2017;
Published: Aug. 3, 2017
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Tinashe Mitchell Mashizha, Community Capacity Building Initiative Centre for Africa, RTG Centre, Kadoma, Zimbabwe
Monica Monga, Department of Development Studies, Lupane State University, Lupane, Zimbabwe
Munyaradzi Admire Dzvimbo, Department of Development Studies, Lupane State University, Lupane, Zimbabwe
Climate induced famine has had adverse effects and has been the worst disaster from which most resettled farmers experience and suffer from. It remains a topical agenda and a bone of contention in most countries of the global south. Despite remaining a challenge in most farming areas, the small holder farmers have struggled to come up with alternative livelihoods emanating from effective understanding of climate change. Hence using data from interviews, questionnaires and focused group discussions, this paper aimed at unravelling rural livelihoods which enhance local people’s understanding and grasping of the effects of climate change induced disasters in Mhondoro- Ngezi district. The study noted that smallholder farmers are applying conservation farming (CF), small livestock production, irrigation schemes like gardening, agro-forestry, gold panning and fishing. The research also pointed out that 62% of the local farmers were not satisfied with the level knowledge base they have concerning climate change. The snail pace development of a knowledge base on climate change is being held back by challenges which include poor service delivery by government departments, lack of resources, unclear selection of beneficiaries, extreme reliance on Indigenous Knowledge Systems (IKS) and policy inconsistency. The study recommended that agricultural extension officers need to be capacitated so that they train farmers on the importance of seasonal climate change forecast information. There is need for increased participation in the realm of development agencies (NGOs and government) and be more sincere with the participation of communities through the development of a knowledge base on climate change adaptation programmes.
Tinashe Mitchell Mashizha,
Munyaradzi Admire Dzvimbo,
Improving Livelihoods of Resettled Farmers Through Development of a Knowledge Base on Climate Change in Mhondoro – Ngezi District, Zimbabwe, International Journal of Sustainable Development Research.
Vol. 3, No. 2,
2017, pp. 18-26.
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