Loss and damage from the double blow of flood and drought in Mozambique

Brida, Ange-Benjamin, Owiyo, Tom and Sokona, Youba, (2013). Loss and damage from the double blow of flood and drought in Mozambique. International Journal of Global Warming, 5(4), 514-531

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    Author Brida, Ange-Benjamin
    Owiyo, Tom
    Sokona, Youba
    Title Loss and damage from the double blow of flood and drought in Mozambique
    Appearing in International Journal of Global Warming
    Volume 5
    Issue No. 4
    Publication Date 2013
    Place of Publication Amsterdam
    Publisher Inderscience
    Start page 514
    End page 531
    Language eng
    Abstract

    Loss and damage associated with the adverse effects of climate variability and climate change is currently an important topic being discussed under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change. This study investigated loss and damage from floods and droughts among rural households living near the Limpopo, Zambezi and Save rivers in Mozambique. We used a questionnaire survey ( n = 303) and qualitative research tools. The study showed that farmers in the research areas were caught between two evils. In the uplands, conditions for agriculture are extremely poor and crop yields are low; moreover, farmers face considerable risk of crop failure when drought hits. In the lowlands, close to the river, soil and water conditions are more favourable, but these areas experience frequent floods. Evidence from this study shows that farmers in the research areas are severely affected by both floods and droughts, and their capacity to cope and adapt is limited. With very little livelihood diversification and poor access to markets, crop failures translate almost directly into severe food insecurity among the population.

    Copyright Holder Inderscience Enterprises Ltd.
    Copyright Year 2013
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