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At the HyCRISTAL AGM in Kampala last month, climate change researchers were talking about 40-year horizons, where we did an exercise in small groups to each imagine the consequences of one of a list of possible scenarios. We were given our scenario and asked to work back to what we would have to do now, […]
Andrew Armstrong I was working as a trainee Secondary School teacher in inner city London, coming to the end of my first year on the job. In the midst of a roller coaster, adrenaline-fueled term I felt I needed something of substance to add structure to my summer break. It was a strange thought, but […]
Some of you may have seen this piece on the BBC about “How missing weather data is a ‘life and death’ issue”. It’s about tech start-up Kukua, and the weather stations they have installed in Tanzania to help provide local commercial farmers with better forecasts. Kukua is a business with a rather unusual business model: […]
It’s August 2013 and I’m about as broke as a ‘banker’ in London can be. I had eagerly taken up my first position in the big city: interning at RBS’ risk department. That’s right, I had made it to the big time… And then rent happened… And bills… So with accrued holiday time but no […]
The household economy approach (HEA) is a method for assessing the vulnerability of rural populations to economic shocks and changes, based on their livelihood patterns and market information. It is now widely used as a method of famine early warning by many governments and humanitarian agencies, and also has important applications for managing the impacts […]
This assessment was undertaken on behalf of UNHCR to provide baseline information on the livelihoods of Malian refugees in Burkina Faso, to identify opportunities for greater economic self-reliance, and to highlight risks and vulnerabilities of specific groups within the population. This report covers the three official refugee camps in Burkina Faso: Sag Nioniogo, Goudebou and Mentao.
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As the international community grapples with the problem of climate change and its impact on agriculture, food security and poverty alleviation, the economic consequences for smallholder farmers need to be better understood and documented. Unless we are able to analyse and predict more precisely the ways in which both climate change and assistance programmes will […]
This baseline livelihoods zoning and wealth ranking exercise examines the livelihood systems in Mbala and Luwingu districts, Northern Province of Zambia. The assessments describe how a livelihood functions during a normal year, thereby providing a base with which to compare and measure any new threats to the population’s food security, as well as to inform recovery and development programming and policy.