Agricultural adaptation, local knowledge and livelihoods diversification in North-Central Namibia

TitleAgricultural adaptation, local knowledge and livelihoods diversification in North-Central Namibia
Publication TypeTyndall Working Paper
SeriesTyndall Centre Working Papers
Tyndall Consortium Institution

Oxford

Secondary TitleTyndall Working Paper 140
AuthorsNewsham, AJ, and D. Thomas
Year of Publication2009
Abstract

This report looks at adaptation to climate change amongst smallholder farmers in the Omusati region of North-Central Namibia. Supplementing primary research with literature on a number of highly prevalent themes in Namibia, it has three main aims. First, it surveys available information on projected or potential climate change impacts on farming in Namibia and considers the implications for policy decision-making processes of the uncertainties inherent in these projections. Second, it focuses attention on another rich but under-utilised source of information for adaptation decision-making in smallholder farming: namely, local agro-ecological knowledge found across North-Central Namibia. Third, it takes stock of the implications for adaptation policy of a central phenomenon occurring across the country: livelihoods diversification away from farm-based activities. The report is relevant to researchers, policymakers and practitioners interested in agricultural development, climate change and adaptation

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