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Rain-fed farming system at a crossroads in Semi-Arid areas of Tanzania: what roles do climate variability and change play?

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dc.contributor.author Kabote, Samwel J.
dc.contributor.author Mamiro, Delphina P.
dc.contributor.author Synnevåg, Gry
dc.contributor.author Urassa, Justin K.
dc.contributor.author Mattee, Amon Z.
dc.contributor.author Chingonika, Emanuel E.
dc.contributor.author Mbwambo, Jonathan S.
dc.contributor.author Nombo, Carolyne I.
dc.contributor.author Masolwa, Leah M.
dc.date.accessioned 2021-06-17T05:14:52Z
dc.date.available 2021-06-17T05:14:52Z
dc.date.issued 2014
dc.identifier.issn 2224-3216
dc.identifier.uri http://www.suaire.sua.ac.tz/handle/123456789/3607
dc.description Journal Article en_US
dc.description.abstract Positive changes, like adopting drought resistant crop varieties, in the rain-fed farming system (RFFS) in response to climate variability and change enhance system’s ability to support people’s living as opposed to negative changes, like lack of pastures, which put the system at risk of failure in supporting the living. Using participatory rural appraisal (PRA) and household survey, this paper examined the roles of climate variability and change in triggering changes in RFFS. Specifically, the paper: (i) assessed dominant crop and livestock farming system; (ii) assessed the change element of crop and livestock production systems; and (iii) examined factors for the changes in RFFS. A random sample of 388 households was used. Qualitative data analysis was done through content analysis. Binary logistic regression was used to assess factors that explain changes on RFFS. The results showed that dominant crops were different in each village. Secondly, some changes in crop varieties and in livestock grazing arrangements were noted in response to climate variability and change. Unlike the hypothesis (P>0.05), the results demonstrated that warming (ß = -10.61, Wald = 36.26, P ≤ 0.001) showed highest significant impact on likelihood of adopting new crop varieties relative to other factors. Similarly, drought (ß = 2.16, Wald = 6.82, P ≤ 0.009) showed highest impact on the likelihood of changing a grazing place. Yet, the changes were constrained by factors like natural resources protective policies, failure of crop varieties to withstand warming and drought, and poor land use management. Therefore, the RFFS was at a crossroads with implications on system sustainability and livelihoods. The government and private interventions should support farmers and agro-pastoralists to manage risks related to the changes in RFFS in response to climate variability and change en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.publisher IISTE en_US
dc.subject Climate change en_US
dc.subject Agro-pastoralism en_US
dc.subject Livelihoods en_US
dc.subject Semi-arid en_US
dc.subject Tanzania en_US
dc.title Rain-fed farming system at a crossroads in Semi-Arid areas of Tanzania: what roles do climate variability and change play? en_US
dc.type Article en_US
dc.url www.iiste.org en_US


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