Poor rainfall, crop failure and food shortages: How rural farm households use nature, family, neighbors and friends to cope

Research Brief
1 January 2014

As climate variability becomes more frequent, weather-related events such as poor rainfall, floods or storms are likely to be more common. Because the majority of small-scale sub-Saharan African farmers depend on rain-fed agriculture for food, any weather-related irregularities are likely to translate into food insecurity. This is more evident in resource-poor rural areas. This study examines the impact of weather-related crop failure and the coping mechanisms used by rural farm households.


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Publication | 19 December 2014