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Living without buffers-illustrating climate vulnerability in the Lake Victoria basin

Author:
  • Sara Gabrielsson
  • Sara Brogaard
  • Anne Jerneck
Publishing year: 2013
Language: English
Pages: 143-157
Publication/Series: Sustainability Science
Volume: 8
Issue: 2
Document type: Journal article
Publisher: Springer

Abstract english

Exposure, sensitivity and adaptive capacity are essential, albeit theoretically vague, components of climate vulnerability. This has triggered debate surrounding how these factors can be translated into, and understood in, an empirical context subject to present and future harm. In this article, which draws on extensive fieldwork in the Lake Victoria Basin of Kenya and Tanzania, we illustrate how exposure, sensitivity and adaptive capacity play out in the context of climate vulnerability and discuss how they interact in situ. Using a mixed methods approach including survey data, rainfall data and a suite of participatory methods, such as focus groups and interactive mapping of seasonal calendars, we identify how climate-induced stressors affect smallholder farmers' well-being and natural resources. Drawing on the seasonal calendar as a heuristic, and climate vulnerability terminology, we illustrate when, where and how these climate-induced stressors converge to constrain farmers' livelihoods. Our analysis indicates that farmers in the basin face a highly uncertain future with discernible, but differentiated, adaptation deficits due to recurring, and potentially worsening, patterns of hardship.

Keywords

  • Social Sciences Interdisciplinary
  • Climate vulnerability
  • Exposure
  • Sensitivity
  • Differential adaptive
  • capacity
  • Smallholder farmers
  • Lake Victoria Basin

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Published
  • ISSN: 1862-4057
Sara Gabrielsson
E-mail: sara [dot] gabrielsson [at] LUCSUS [dot] lu [dot] se

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Short biography

Sara Gabrielsson is an Associate senior lecturer in Sustainability science at Lund University. Sara’s primary research focus is on Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) and sustainable development in Africa. Sara’s vision isto facilitate the interaction between academia and sanitation practitioners to enable the spread of sustainable WASH from theory to action.

Impact and communication

Policy work
Policy brief: Toward Sustainable Menstrual Health Managemant in Tanzania (PDF)

Capacity building

SUSTAIN

Land is Life

Media

Menskopp bidrar till bättre skolgång för tjejer i Tanzania, Sveriges radio, 2018 

Menskopp hjälper unga kvinnor i Tanzania få en bättre skolgång, SVT nyheter, 2018

Kära världen, låt oss prata mera om mens!, Debattartikel i Dagens Arena, 2018

Menstrual cups could help girls attend school in Tanzania, Lunduniversity.lu.se, 2018

Menskopp bidrar till bättre skolgång för tjejer i Tanzania, lu.se, 2018

Videos

"Breaking the Silence" - A film about the challenges with Menstrual Health Management in rural Tanzania

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