Rainfall variability, food insecurity and migration in Cabricán, Guatemala

Milan, Andrea and Ruano, Sergio, (2013). Rainfall variability, food insecurity and migration in Cabricán, Guatemala. Climate and Development, 6(1), 61-68

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    Author Milan, Andrea
    Ruano, Sergio
    Title Rainfall variability, food insecurity and migration in Cabricán, Guatemala
    Appearing in Climate and Development
    Volume 6
    Issue No. 1
    Publication Date 2013
    Place of Publication Oxford
    Publisher Taylor & Francis.
    Start page 61
    End page 68
    Language eng

    This article presents data and insights on rainfall variability, food insecurity and migration in four rural mountain communities
    in the Western Highlands of Guatemala. In mountain areas, climatic patterns and impacts change over short distances and no
    meteorological station is located within the range of a few kilometres from the selected communities. Therefore, rainfall
    patterns and impacts were investigated with local communities in a participatory way. Rainfall is crucial for local
    livelihoods because their most important source of food is the yearly harvest of a rain-fed corn-based crop sub-system
    . The great majority of survey respondents and participants in the participatory research approach sessions
    believe that climatic conditions have worsened in the last 20 years and are affecting their food production. They also
    remarked that the pro
    tability of
    in situ
    cation options is decreasing and associated with decreasing migration
    opportunities. These trends expose local populations to the risk of becoming trapped in the near future in a place where
    they are extremely vulnerable to climate change. In fact, no long-term risk-management and livelihood diversi
    strategy, including
    ex situ
    strategies, seems to be sustainable for people in the study area.

    Copyright Holder The Authors
    Copyright Year 2013
    Copyright type Fair use permitted
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