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University of Fort Hare (2012)

Adapting to climate change to achieve household food security : a case study of small-scale farmers at Dzindi smallholder irrigation scheme in the Limpopo Province of South Africa

Chigavazira, Blessing Munyaradzi

Titre : Adapting to climate change to achieve household food security : a case study of small-scale farmers at Dzindi smallholder irrigation scheme in the Limpopo Province of South Africa

Auteur : Chigavazira, Blessing Munyaradzi

Université de soutenance : University of Fort Hare

Grade : Master of Social Science (2012)

Résumé
This dissertation explored adaptation mechanisms and adaptation options employed by rural small-scale farmers at Dzindi Irrigation Scheme to achieve food security in the midst of climate change as well as reflecting on the role of the state in building capacity of rural small-scale farmers to adapt to climate change. The study employed qualitative research techniques and data was obtained through semi-structured interviews with 40 small-scale farmers at Dzindi smallholder irrigation scheme.Irrigation control, high yielding crop varieties (HYVs), drought resistant crop varieties, drip irrigation are among a host of adaptation strategies successfully employed by farmers at Dzindi. These strategies have been effective in giving the farmers a lifeline in terms of household food supply and income.However, lack of funding, modern infrastructure and equipment has hampered adaptation efforts at the scheme. This has been compounded by lack of support from the Government. Government seemingly has not done enough to capacitate and assist famers to adapt to climate change

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