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Title:Women and climate change: strategies for adaptive capacity in Mwanga District, Tanzania
Authors:Muthoni, Joyce Waririmu
Wangui, Elizabeth EdnaISNI
Periodical:African Geographical Review (ISSN 1937-6812)
Geographic term:Tanzania
Subjects:rural women
climate change
External link:https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/19376812.2012.756766
Abstract:This paper highlights the role that women in Mangio Village, Mwanga District, Tanzania play in rural livelihoods in the context of a changing climate. Data were collected in 2011 at community, household and individual levels. Methods of data collection included focus group discussions, and in-depth interviews with household members, individuals and key informants. Qualitative data analyses were done using NVIVO software. Results indicate that despite having limited access to livelihood assets compared to men, women play an important role in enhancing the adaptive capacity that Mangio Village has to climate change. Their roles extend from family units to the community level where they contribute in all the major spontaneous and planned strategies that the village has taken up in response to a changing climate among other drivers. Key to women's contribution is their social networks and in the labour required in new activities that enhance adaptation. Bibliogr., sum. [Journal abstract]