Bioeconomics Working Paper Series, Working Paper 2015/10:
This study estimates the direct impact of landslides on household income and investigates the presence of specific risk sharing and mitigation strategies towards landslides in the Rwenzori mountains in Western Uganda. An original cross-sectional household survey is used in combination with geographical data to acquire detailed information on livelihoods and on hazards at household level.
These insights are used to derive policy recommendations for alleviating the impact of landslides in tropical mountainous areas. By quantifying the direct impact of landslides on household income in an agricultural context in Africa this study draws the attention towards a problem that has been broadly underestimated so far and provides a sound scientific base for disaster risk reduction in the region.