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University of Cape Town (2000)

How natural are ’natural disasters’ ? : vulnerability to drought in Southern Namibia communal areas

Katiuscia Fara

Titre : How natural are ’natural disasters’ ? : vulnerability to drought in Southern Namibia communal areas

Auteur : Katiuscia Fara

Université de soutenance : University of Cape Town

Grade : Master of Philosophy 2000

Résumé
This paper aims to show how so-called natural disasters are in many instances the result of a more complex range of factors than just natural causes. To achieve this, susceptibility to drought of people living in the communal area of southern Namibia is used as a case study. Drawing on the emerging concept of vulnerability, the case study examines the socio-economic and political factors that influence people’s vulnerability to drought. Using information gathered through literature and field trips, the paper identifies those socio-economic pressures that exacerbate the impact of successive droughts. As a result, it is argued that in order to reduce communal farmers vulnerability to drought, socio-economic interventions rather than classic ‘’hazard mitigation’’ measures are required

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