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Hazards and Opportunities: Farming Livelihoods in Dryland Africa: Lessons From Zimbabwe

  • Ian Scoones - 1996
  • ISBN 1 85649 354 7
  • 267 pages      
  • Printed price 15.95

Climatic variability, poor soils and increasing resource pressures are undermining people's ability to make a living in the drylands of Africa. Yet they continue to respond to the pressures of environmental change by innovating and managing risks and uncertainties in creative ways. This book asks how such processes can be supported and what policies are needed to promote sustainable livelihoods in Africa's drylands. Based on a three year study in Zimbabwe, it explores the rich diversity of farming practices and survival strategies.