New Publication: Vulnerability and Adaptive Capacity in Ethiopia
Cochrane, L. and Gecho, Y. (2016) The Dynamics of Vulnerability and Adaptive Capacity in Southern Ethiopia (p. 139-148). In Responses to Disasters and Climate Change: Understanding Vulnerability and Fostering Resilience, edited by M. Companion and M. Chaiken. CRC Press: Boca Raton.
- Agriculture accounts for more than 40% of the Ethiopian economy, 85% of all employment,
and is driven primarily by rural smallholders. Those living in rural areas face a range of
short-term, seasonal, annual, and long-term vulnerabilities. This chapter analyzes the range
of dynamic, and sometimes unpredictable, challenges in Wolaita Zone, southern Ethiopia.
We explore how individuals proactively manage vulnerabilities and seek means to enhance
their adaptive capacity. These findings demonstrate that smallholders are engaging in change,
highlighting the important role of their agency in understanding vulnerability and resilience.