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Title: Adapting peri-urban agriculture to climate change in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe: A qualitative assessment
Authors: Dube, Thulani
Sibanda, Saziso
Chiwara, Phibion
Keywords: Agriculture and Food
Climate Change
Urban Development
Urban Geography
Issue Date: 30-Jun-2021
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Series/Report no.: Cogent Social Sciences;7 (1)
Abstract: Peri-urban agriculture plays a critical role in sustaining food security and livelihoods in urban communities. In spite of the critical role it plays in food security, peri-urban agriculture has not received adequate attention with regards to its interface with climate change in Zimbabwe. Using a sample of thirty peri-urban plots selected through snowballing, this study investigated the farmers’ perceive deffects of climate change on peri-urban agriculture in Bulawayo, and how farmers were adapting to climate change. The findings of the study revealed that peri-urban farmers perceived and observed significant climatic and related changes that were negatively impacting their farming activities. Observed changes included reduced precipitation levels, increased atmospheric temperature and diminishing borehole yields. Farmers were adapting with a variety of methods which included repeated planting, watering plants during the night, renting animal space in other farms with more water sources and purchasing supplementary feed for livestock. Among other issues, this study recommends the promotion of the use of drought tolerant seed varieties, improved water harvesting and a more rationalised system in managing livestock numbers in the plots.
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