Assessing Vulnerability and Coping Capacities of Rural Women to Drought: A Case Study of Zvishavane District, Zimbabwe.

Author:

Ncube, A. Mangwaya, P. T. & Ogundeji, A. A.

Editor:

First

Date:

2018

Region:

Africa

Theme:

Gender and Droughts

Language:

English

Publisher:

Elsevier

Full Harvard Reference:

Ncube, A. Mangwaya, P. T. & Ogundeji, A. A. (2018). Assessing Vulnerability and Coping Capacities of Rural Women to Drought: A Case Study of Zvishavane District, Zimbabwe. International Journal of Disaster Risk Reduction. Vol 28: 69-79

This paper examines the vulnerabilities and coping capacities of Zimbabwean women during droughts. Relying on a quantitative methodology, questionnaires were distributed randomly to women in 100 households. Lack of alternative livelihood options and lack of land and property ownership were identified as some of the indicators of vulnerability among rural women. Their coping strategies included purchasing and stocking up food and selling livestock in exchange for grain, but also skipping or reducing meals portions. The study also identified weaknesses in local NGOs established to assist in reducing women’s vulnerability to drought. Due to limited funds and well-trained staff, NGOs were not able to effectively assist in tackling the gender differentiated impacts of drought.