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

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

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This report looks at adaptation to climate change amongst smallholder farmers in theOmusati 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 decisionmaking 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.
This report looks at adaptation to climate change amongst smallholder farmers in theOmusati 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 decisionmaking 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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Published by: Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research on Dec 12, 2011
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Agricultural adaptation, local knowledge andlivelihoods diversification in North-Central Namibia
 
Andrew Newsham & David ThomasNovember
 
2009
 
Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research
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Agricultural adaptation, local knowledge andlivelihoods diversification in North-CentralNamibia
 
Andrew Newsham & David Thomas
Tyndall Working Paper 140, November 2009
Please note that Tyndall working papers are "work in progress". Whilst they arecommented on by Tyndall researchers, they have not been subject to a full peer review.The accuracy of this work and the conclusions reached are the responsibility of theauthor(s) alone and not the Tyndall Centre.
 
Acknowledgments
 The authors gratefully acknowledge the generous funding provision from NERC,ESRC and EPSRC, Tyndall’s core funders. We are sincerely grateful to everyone whohelped in the making of this research. Particular thanks must be given to the following people, who have offered assistance, inspiration, encouragement and/or insights thathave enriched and improved this report: Margaret (Ndapewa) Angula; Antonia Baker;Marisa Goulden; Sophia Kasheeta; Kamal Kapadia; Uazamo Kaura; ManuelMbuende; John Mendelsohn; Jonson Ndokosho; Teo Nghitila; Alex Verlinden

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