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Changing household responses to drought in Tharaka, Kenya: vulnerability, persistence and challenge.
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PMID:  18380851     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Drought is a recurring challenge to the livelihoods of those living in Tharaka District, Kenya, situated in the semi-arid zone to the east of Mount Kenya, from the lowest slopes of the mountain to the banks of the Tana River. This part of Kenya has been marginal to the economic and political life of Kenya from the colonial period until the present day. A study of more than 30 years of change in how people in Tharaka cope with drought reveals resilience in the face of major macro-level transformations, which include privatisation of landownership, population growth, political decentralisation, increased conflict over natural resources, different market conditions, and environmental shifts. However, the study also shows troubling signs of increased use of drought responses that are incompatible with long-term agrarian livelihoods. Government policy needs to address the challenge of drought under these new macro conditions if sustainable human development is to be achieved.
Thomas A Smucker; Ben Wisner
Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Disasters     Volume:  32     ISSN:  0361-3666     ISO Abbreviation:  Disasters     Publication Date:  2008 Jun 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2008-04-02     Completed Date:  2008-07-02     Revised Date:  2008-11-21    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  7702072     Medline TA:  Disasters     Country:  England    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  190-215     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Geography, Ohio University, Athens, OH 45701, USA.
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MeSH Terms
Family Characteristics*
Human Development
Population Growth
Socioeconomic Factors

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