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Risks, livelihoods and vulnerability to flooding in Kyela District, South-western Tanzania

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dc.contributor.author Mun'ong'o, Claude G.
dc.contributor.author Yanda, Pius Z.
dc.date.accessioned 2015-03-27T05:11:45Z
dc.date.available 2015-03-27T05:11:45Z
dc.date.issued 2006-06
dc.identifier.citation Mung'ong'o, C. G. & Yanda, P. Z. (2006) Risks, Livelihoods and Vulnerability to Flooding in Kyela District, South-western Tanzania.Tanzanian Economic Trends: biannual jounal of economics,19 (1), 92-106 en_GB
dc.identifier.issn 0856-3373
dc.identifier.uri http://www.taccire.sua.ac.tz/handle/123456789/336
dc.description The document is available in print form en_GB
dc.description.abstract This study aimed at establishing how local livelihoods had changed due to flooding in Kyela District, Tanzania. Both primary and secondary socioeconomic data were gathered using a household questionnaire and qualitative methods. The questionnaire was administered to sample households in three villages. Secondary data were gathered through literature search. Findings from this study show that sample villages have experienced normal flooding, occurring between April and May, and excessive flooding which occurs in cycles of 5-10 years. Local people perceive a decrease in frequency and magnitude of flood occurrence. Associated biological changes have included the disappearance of some banana and orange tree species, disappearance of some wild animals, and rotting and drying out of some cocoa and banana trees. Other impacts have included outbreak of new crop diseases. Socioeconomic consequences have included destruction of crops, animals, buildings and other infrastructure. Others have included the outbreak of cholera and other waterborne diseases. Coping strategies to excessive flooding have been temporal. Communities’ response to flooding has differed according to the economic access qualification of concerned wealth groups. The rich (mnoge) have coped well by shifting to higher areas, and hiring or buying farmland disposed off by other wealth groups. They also employ cheap labour from among the poor (ndondo). During and after floods the mnoge buy commodities from other and sell them to the flood affected people at a profit. The ndondo are the most affected group as they are less able to cope with the situation. Often they are forced to sell their assets at very low prices, and end up living on begging or working for other wealthier groups. en_GB
dc.description.sponsorship The president's office (Planning Commission) en_GB
dc.language.iso en en_GB
dc.publisher Economic Research Bureau of the University of Dar es Salaam en_GB
dc.subject Climate change en_GB
dc.subject Climate adaptation en_GB
dc.subject Impacts of flooding en_GB
dc.title Risks, livelihoods and vulnerability to flooding in Kyela District, South-western Tanzania en_GB
dc.type Article en_GB

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