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Made, Nolwandle, 2019. Evaluating the impact of drought on rural communities : a case study of Umuziwabantu Local Municipality in KwaZulu Natal, South Africa. Second cycle, A2E. Uppsala: SLU, Dept. of Urban and Rural Development

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Abstract

Droughts are a natural phenomenon that occur in hydrological cycles. However, the effect of climate change will increase the frequency and severity of drought. It is therefore, important that communities and the ecosystem learn to adapt to these abrupt changes. The rural households are negatively affected by the impacts of drought on their livelihoods. The rural households have limited or basic level of access to water and droughts further impact on their ability to access water. While droughts are natural, the impact may be worsened by human activity. In this thesis, the linkages between agricultural exports and water shortages are assessed. The impact of the water shortages on rural households and their coping strategies are also assessed.
The research was undertaken in Umuziwabantu Local Municipality through semi-structured and informal interviews with rural people, commercial farmer and government officials. The analysis was done using the Adaptive Governance Framework and linking it to Sustainable Livelihood Framework.
The research findings showed that rural households employ different strategies to cope with the drought and create resilience. It also showed that there is more research needed on the linkages between agricultural exports and water shortages. The governance institutions were also found to not being flexible enough to adapt to the shocks.

Main title:Evaluating the impact of drought on rural communities
Subtitle:a case study of Umuziwabantu Local Municipality in KwaZulu Natal, South Africa
Authors:Made, Nolwandle
Supervisor:Otto, Opira
Examiner:González Hidalgo, Marien and Cuadra, Margarita
Series:UNSPECIFIED
Volume/Sequential designation:UNSPECIFIED
Year of Publication:2019
Level and depth descriptor:Second cycle, A2E
Student's programme affiliation:NM009 Rural Development and Natural Resource Management - Master's Programme 120 HEC
Supervising department:(NL, NJ) > Dept. of Urban and Rural Development
(LTJ, LTV) > Dept. of Urban and Rural Development
Keywords:Rural livelihoods, rural households, water shortages, resilience, coping strategies
URN:NBN:urn:nbn:se:slu:epsilon-s-10538
Permanent URL:
http://urn.kb.se/resolve?urn=urn:nbn:se:slu:epsilon-s-10538
Subjects:Rural sociology and social security
Water resources and management
Language:English
Deposited On:24 Jun 2019 11:24
Metadata Last Modified:04 Jun 2020 12:07

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