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dc.contributor.advisor Rankoana, S. A. Mugambiwa, Shingirai Stanley
dc.contributor.other Nyamasha, T. S. 2018-06-22T10:11:12Z 2018-06-22T10:11:12Z 2017
dc.description Thesis (M. A. (Sociology)) -- University of Limpopo, 2017 en_US
dc.description.abstract Climate change has become one of the most daunting challenges facing humanity in the 21st century. It has direct and profound effects on the environment, economy, health and safety. Since most developing countries have agro-based economies, they are more vulnerable to climate change impacts as compared to the developed world. The aim of this study was to explore Mutoko rural community members’ understanding of climate change and the indigenous measures they use to adapt to its impacts. The study was empirical and data were collected using in-depth interviews. The findings show that Mutoko community members have knowledge of changes in climatic conditions which manifest as increased temperature and erratic rainfall patterns. The impact of increased temperature and erratic rainfall were observed. Furthermore, community members mentioned the type of clouds, mountains and the direction from which the rains comes as indications of climate change. It has also been discovered that numerous cultural activities such as ‘mafuwe’ (rain making ceremony) have changed due to climate change. As a result various adaptation measures such as changing crop types are employed by community members to sustain their livelihood. The study concludes that even though community members in Mutoko are aware of climate change and its indicators, they still struggle to adapt regardless of them having a few adaptation strategies they have developed and use to lessen the negative impacts of changing climatic conditions on their livelihood. Key words: Climate change, Climate hazards, Indigenous practices, Knowledge, Mutoko community, en_US
dc.format.extent xi, 91 leaves en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.relation.requires PDF en_US
dc.subject Climate change en_US
dc.subject Climate hazards en_US
dc.subject Indigenous practices en_US
dc.subject Mutoko community en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Climatic changes en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Ethnoscience en_US
dc.title Knowledge of climate change and the use of indigenous practice to adapt to climate hazards in Mutoko Rural Community in Mashonaland East Province, Zimbabwe en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US

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