Individual Local Farmers’ Perceptions of Environmental Change in Tanzania
AbstractClimatic and environmental changes are expected to affect in particular those regions where the economy is primarily based on the agricultural sector and where the dependency on water availability is high. This study examines how smallholder farmers in rural Tanzania perceived climatic and environmental changes over the past 20 years and the resulting effects on water availability and food security. The study is based on a household survey of 899 farmers in a semi-arid and a sub-humid region in Tanzania. It was found that (a) significant differences in perceptions of the environment by farmers can be attributed to agro-climatic location, while the distance to a water source has less impact on individual perception; (b) differently perceived changes affect individual water availability and food security; and (c) the farm level adaptation methods applied are linked to vulnerability to changes and the household dependence on the immediate environment. The authors conclude that the specific environmental surroundings paired with socio-economic factors can severely compound the negative effects of water scarcity on rural farmers. View Full-Text
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Röschel, L.; Graef, F.; Dietrich, O.; Schäfer, M.P.; Haase, D. Individual Local Farmers’ Perceptions of Environmental Change in Tanzania. Water 2018, 10, 525.
Röschel L, Graef F, Dietrich O, Schäfer MP, Haase D. Individual Local Farmers’ Perceptions of Environmental Change in Tanzania. Water. 2018; 10(4):525.Chicago/Turabian Style
Röschel, Lina; Graef, Frieder; Dietrich, Ottfried; Schäfer, Meike P.; Haase, Dagmar. 2018. "Individual Local Farmers’ Perceptions of Environmental Change in Tanzania." Water 10, no. 4: 525.
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