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North-West University (2019)

An exploration of WEF-Nexus coping strategies of rural women in Masvingo Province, Zimbabwe and Limpopo Province, South Africa

Jaka, Hilda

Titre : An exploration of WEF-Nexus coping strategies of rural women in Masvingo Province, Zimbabwe and Limpopo Province, South Africa

Auteur : Jaka, Hilda

Université de soutenance : North-West University

Grade : Doctor of Philosophy in Development and Management 2019

Résumé partiel
This study explored the water-energy-food (WEF) nexus security and coping strategies of rural women in Chivi district, Zimbabwe and Vhembe district, South Africa. The WEF nexus is a term adopted to explore the connections linking the three resources of water, energy and food. The sectoral approach towards the achievement of WEF resource elements has not yielded much success over the years and posed a threat of trading off one resource security for another. This called for an integrated approach in dealing with water, energy and food challenges leading to the birth of the WEF nexus. The focus was on water, energy and food availability, accessibility and utilisation. The research reports on the identified similarities and differences in WEF nexus coping strategies used by women in rural households. The study acknowledges that women are the main managers of WEF nexus resources in a household context and they play a major role in ensuring availability and utilisation. Women also have views as managers of the WEF resources in the household on factors affecting access to these resources. Women make major choices especially on sources of water and energy which may either promote or reduce their WEF nexus security. Therefore, this study was guided by the WEF nexus theory, which is an integrative approach towards the achievement of sustainable use and security of WEF nexus resources. The objectives of the research were : to explore the WEF nexus security and coping strategies of rural women in Zimbabwe and South Africa to ; examine the applicability of the WEF nexus theory to rural households in Southern Africa ; find the current WEF nexus security status of rural households in the Chivi and Vhembe districts ; and compare the coping strategies used by rural women in the case study areas. Data was collected in two phases. Firstly, a literature review was done which helped in the exploration of WEF nexus theories and application, WEF nexus security, the challenges and coping strategies thereof. Secondly, an empirical study based on qualitative approaches was used to guide the research.

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