n South African Journal of Agricultural Extension - Socio-cultural strategies in mitigating drought impacts and water scarcity in developing nations

Volume 30, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 0301-603X
  • E-ISSN: 2413-3221


A critical shortage of fresh water, particularly in developing nations, is likely to become one of the most pressing issues in decades to come as droughts and rapid growing human populations join forces to deplete available fresh water resources. This article highlights some of the most important mitigation strategies within socio-cultural contexts in the developing world that should be considered if we are to make progress in reducing societal vulnerability to drought and water scarcity. It is, amongst others, concluded that rural perceptions on water consumption and utilization should be recognized as part of a valid indigenous knowledge system, and should as such be accommodated in policy formulation. If ignored, the inevitable reform of current water policies may clash with cultural and religious beliefs in many communities, especially those in Africa.

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