Resilience of communities

Last changed: 14 April 2021
A cooking pot on a simple woodsaving stove in Kenya.

We investigate the resilience of communities to seasonality and climate variability, and how livelihood strategies contribute to food security and human wellbeing in the face of environmental hazards.

In order to understand the resilience of food and livelihood strategies in a variable climate and how they can be improved, interviews and focus group discussions will be conducted in the same areas as the four LDSF sites and in neighbouring control sites. These will be carried out with different social groups and different household typologies, and explore nutrition and diets, land use and livestock management and violent local conflicts, gender and equality.

Nutrition, health and child anthropometry data, as well as weather and drought data will be collected over two years. Aspirations and historical changes in production forms, environment and human wellbeing will be assessed with elderly.

Results will show patterns of vulnerability across households and communities, and pathways how to improve resilience to external drivers of human wellbeing. Collected data will also show in which way migration and displacement are triggered by climate hazards such as droughts in dryland communities.

Mudhouse with ironsheet roof behind a tree with fodder stored in the crown.
Conserving fodder is a way for households to be more resilient. Photo: Denis Mpairwe

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