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Evaluating pastoral and agro-pastoral community vulnerability and resilience in a context of climate change

Evaluating pastoral and agro-pastoral community vulnerability and resilience in a context of climate change

Prepared by ISTVS training team

Training on data collection for the study on climate change and adaptation among the pastoralist communities was conducted at ISTVS from 18th to 21st February 2018. The training was implemented by Prof. Todd Crane and Dione Michel from ILRI. Two ISTVS staff (Mohamed Aden and Ismael Ali) assisted in the training.

The overall goal of the training was to enable participants to develop necessary skills of data collection that will allow them to develop their capabilities further on their own.

A total of 10 BSc.programme(6 male and 4 female) and former ISTVS students attended the training. Six of the students will be directly involved in the data collection while four will be involved as mobilizers.

The Research questions to be addressed by the survey are:

  • What are the drivers’ of climate vulnerability among pastoralists and agro-pastoralists in Somaliland?
  • What adaptations/practices are pastoralists and agro-pastoralists engaging in response to climate stress?
  • What are the current herd management practices being employed in livestock production in a changing environment?

The study is designed to address specific research questions in a historical perspective:

–    What general changes (including, but not limited to climate patterns) have been experienced since 1990 with the collapsing of the government?

–    How have these changes and their interactions affected adaptive capacity of men and women, pastoralists and agro-pastoralists?

–    What are the impacts of global changes in livelihood systems? How these impacts are socially differentiated?

–    What are the main coping strategies developed by communities to face up to global change?

–    What are the appropriate policies for practical changes and interventions that strengthen communities’ and HH coping mechanism?

It is expected that the training will provide ISTVS students and staff with appropriate competence skills to undertake Focus Group Discussions (FGD) and the much-needed exposure to field surveys.

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