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Title:Coping with Drought in Zimbabwe: Survey Evidence on Responses of Rural Households to Risk
Authors:Kinsey, Bill H.ISNI
Burger, Kees
Gunning, Jan Willem
Periodical:World Development
Geographic term:Zimbabwe
rural households
Agriculture, Natural Resources and the Environment
Drought and Desertification
Development and Technology
Peoples of Africa (Ethnic Groups)
External link:https://doi.org/10.1016/S0305-750X(97)00124-1
Abstract:This article examines the way rural households in eastern Zimbabwe respond to the major risk which is facing them: drought. Panel data are used to investigate the responses of one set of households to this risk. The panel represents households resettled during the first two years of Zimbabwe's postindependence land reform programme. The data are for the period 1983-1996, when Zimbabwe was hit by four major droughts. In three of these, State and NGO-sponsored relief schemes provided substantial support to the households affected. In this context, households make little use of liquid assets (cash or jewelry) and only limited use of the financial system. The main private coping mechanism appears to be the sale of cattle. Households most at risk during droughts are those without livestock. The authors show that this coping mechanism is consistent with substantial accumulation of livestock wealth. Bibliogr., notes, sum.