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Perceived and measured climate variability and change in semi-arid environments in Tanzania: experiences from Iramba and Meatu Districts

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dc.contributor.author Kabote, S. J.
dc.contributor.author Mamiro, D. P.
dc.contributor.author Synnevåg, G.
dc.contributor.author Urassa, J. K.
dc.contributor.author Mattee, A. Z.
dc.contributor.author Mbwambo, J. S.
dc.contributor.author Nombo, C. I.
dc.contributor.author Chingonikaya, E. E.
dc.contributor.author Masolwa, L.
dc.date.accessioned 2018-02-08T05:47:47Z
dc.date.available 2018-02-08T05:47:47Z
dc.date.issued 2017
dc.identifier.uri http://www.suaire.sua.ac.tz/handle/123456789/2041
dc.description International Journal of Environment and Sustainable Development, 2017; 16 (1) en_US
dc.description.abstract This paper combines farmers’ perceptions of climate variability and change and meteorological data trends to generate empirical evidence to broaden an understanding of the phenomena. The results show an agreement on changing rainfall patterns. Bad years described by drought frequencies, temperature, and dry spell have increased since the 1970s. Crop growing period has decreased by one month in Meatu and by more than a month in Iramba. As hypothesised, the Mann-Whitney U test shows similar men and women’s perceptions at 5% level of significance (P value = 0.701). Similarly, the Kruskal-Wallis H test indicates that the poor, not so poor and the rich have the same perceptions (P value = 0.281). These results have implications on crop and livestock production systems and on livelihoods more generally. We conclude that climate variability and change manifestations overlap, making it a complex phenomena perceived equally by men, women, the poor and non-poor. This is understood holistically by combining farmers’ perceptions and meteorological data trends to inform adaptation strategies related decision making en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.publisher Inderscience Enterprises Ltd. en_US
dc.subject Farmers en_US
dc.subject Perceptions en_US
dc.subject Meteorological data en_US
dc.subject Climate variability en_US
dc.subject Agro-pastoralism en_US
dc.title Perceived and measured climate variability and change in semi-arid environments in Tanzania: experiences from Iramba and Meatu Districts en_US
dc.type Article en_US
dc.url https://www.inderscienceonline.com/doi/abs/10.1504/IJESD.2017.080836 en_US


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