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2014-12-19 | Research Brief

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

Tibesigwa, Byela, Martine Visser, Wayne Twine and Mark Collinson . 2014. “Poor rainfall, crop failure and food shortages: How rural farm households use nature, family, neighbors and friends to cope”
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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.