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  • Fiona Miller, Henny Osbahr, +11 authors Donald Nelson
  • 2010
Resilience and vulnerability represent two related yet different approaches to understanding the response of systems and actors to change; to shocks and surprises, as well as slow creeping changes. Their respective origins in ecological and social theory largely explain the continuing differences in approach to social-ecological dimensions of change.(More)
Understanding of how best to support those most vulnerable to climate stress is imperative given expected changes in climate variability. This paper investigates local adaptation strategies to climate variability, focusing on agricultural decision-making in a communal irrigation scheme in Vhembe District, Limpopo Province, South Africa. Research done(More)
Adaptation involves the management of risks posed by climate change, including variability. The identification and characterisa-tion of the manner in which human and natural systems are sensitive to climate become key inputs for targeting, formulating and evaluating adaptation policies. With the guidance presented here, users should be equipped to carry out(More)
INTRODUCTION C limate change is a key concern within South Africa. Mean annual temperatures have increased by at least 1.5 times the observed global average of 0.65 ∘ C over the past five decades and extreme rainfall events have increased in frequency. These changes are likely to continue: the 2013 South African Long Term Adaptation Scenarios and the Fifth(More)
Seasonal climate outlooks provide one tool to help decision-makers allocate resources in anticipation of poor, fair or good seasons. The aim of the 'Climate Outlooks and Agent-Based Simulation of Adaptation in South Africa' project has been to investigate whether individuals, who adapt gradually to annual climate variability, are better equipped to respond(More)
HIV/AIDS is a key concern in South Africa. However, its impact cannot be examined in isolation of other stresses, such as food insecurity, high climate variability, market fluctuations, and poor governance. In this paper, we present an agent-based simulation model of the social impacts of HIV/AIDS in villages in the Vhembe district, Limpopo Province, South(More)
In this paper, we present an agent-based simulation model of the social impacts of HIV/AIDS in villages in the Sekhukhune district of the Limpopo province in South Africa. AIDS is a major concern in South Africa, not just in terms of disease spread but also in term of its impact on society and economic development. The impact of the disease cannot however(More)