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Vulnerability of Southern Afar pastoralists to climate variability and change, Ethiopia

Source(s):  Jàmbá Journal of Disaster Risk Studies

The present study was carried out in the Southern Afar region in Ethiopia to assess the vulnerability of pastoral communities to climate change and variability. A household questionnaire survey was employed to collect data at a household level. A total of 250 pastoral households were sampled using stratified random sampling. The results revealed that 28.8% of the pastoral households were highly vulnerable. Most of the households (53.6%) were moderately vulnerable. Only 17.6% of the households were capable of coping even though there would be a high probability of moving from less vulnerable to a moderate or high vulnerability level in the future if no appropriate adaptive measures would be taken by decision-makers. Policies with emphasis on empowerment of women, such as improving their access to and control over resources through a better institutional set-up; improving irrigation facilities and skills; expanding the participation of pastoral households on irrigation farming; creating opportunities for non-farm income; and improving access to credits, markets, health and veterinary services, are expected to enhance pastoralists’ resilience.

Erraturm: In the version of this article published earlier, the date of publication reflected the incorrect year.
The publication date, under the heading ‘Dates’, should have been 18 Apr. 2019 instead of 18 Apr. 2018. This correction does not alter the study’s findings of significance or overall interpretation of the study results.

The publisher sincerely apologises for any inconvenience caused.



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  • Vulnerability of Southern Afar pastoralists to climate variability and change, Ethiopia
  • Publication date 2019
  • Author(s) Fenta, Muluken; Jordaan, Andries; Melka, Yoseph
  • Number of pages 8 p.
  • ISBN/ISSN 2072-845X (ISSN)

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