oa Botswana Notes & Records - The Impact of Extreme Flooding of the Okavango River on the Livelihood of the molapo Farming Community of Tubu village, Ngamiland Sub-district, Botswana

Volume 37, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 0525-5090



This paper presents the results of a study caried out on the impact of the recent (2004) severe flooding of the Okavango River on the livelihood of the molapo (flood recession) farming community of Tubu village in Ngamiland sub-district. Communities view flooding more as part of the biodiversity production system and a source of livelihood than a destructive force. Even under hazardous flooding conditions crop yields are still better compared to those under alternative dryland farming. Destructive floods occur at 10- to 20-year intervals and over time the flood-related benefits outweigh the risks.

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