n Africa Insight - An evaluation of climate change impacts on livelihoods of peasants in Makonde Communal Lands in Zimbabwe

Volume 44 Number 4
  • ISSN : 0256-2804


Among critical aspects in need of further inquiry within the climate change discourse, is the spatial dimension of climate change and its impacts at local level. It was the aim of this study to evaluate the micro-level impacts of climate change on the livelihoods of peasants residing in the Makonde Communal Lands in Zimbabwe. Different instruments were employed to triangulate data in order to provide a deeper understanding of how the livelihoods of rural smallholder farmers respond to the changing climate. The study concludes that climate change is exposing the peasants of the Makonde Communal Lands to unfamiliar harsh conditions beyond their local adaptive capacity and is thus inducing high levels of vulnerability to livelihood hardships, food insecurity and poverty.

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