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Strategies to Reduce Drought Vulnerability with Special Emphasis on Coping Strategies of the Poor: Subsaharn Countries. A Case Study from Khwei Area, Western Sudan

Strategies to Reduce Drought Vulnerability with Special Emphasis on Coping Strategies of the Poor: Subsaharn Countries. A Case Study from Khwei Area, Western Sudan

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Title: Strategies to Reduce Drought Vulnerability with Special Emphasis on Coping Strategies of the Poor: Subsaharn Countries. A Case Study from Khwei Area, Western Sudan
Author: Elfaig, Ahmed H.
Abstract: Drought has become a serious problem to most sub-Saharan countries including Sudan, The poor people are the most affected group by drought in subtsupik:al alcas, particularly in the Sahelian zone. The traditional farmers, pastoralist, and agro-pastoralists who are the traditional food producers living in such fragile environment are ecologically, geographically and economically marginalized. They remain the poor who have developed certain coping mechanisms and adaptive strategies to reduce drought vulnerability. Accordingly, this paper focuses on coping strategies of the poor to drought vulnerability. The concepts of drought and the poor's coping strategies were discussed. Rural poor's perception and attitudes about drought were included. The simple random sample was adopted and carried curt through questionnaire-interviews. The study has found out that 80% of the selected samples have adopted certain strategies and mechanisms to drought vulnerability in such fragile risky environment. These coping mechanisms are in succession forms, which varies enormously over both space and time. However, the paper concludes that the poor have become active agent and victims to drought vulnerability, because of various internal and external factors imposed upon them.
URI: http://khartoumspace.uofk.edu/123456789/22084
Date: 1999


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