The 44th RIHN Seminar
The 31st Resilience Seminar
The44th RIHN Seminar will be held on the 17th June. This seminar is organized by the RIHN seminar series and the Resilience Seminar. We look forward to seeing you there.
||17th June, 2010
||1:30 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
RIHN Lecture Hall (Access)
||“Food Security, Climate Variability and Land Use in Zambia: Methods for Spatial Analysis and Modeling Vulnerability and Resilience of Smallholder Systems”
||Tom P. Evans (RHIN Visiting Research Fellow /
Department of Geography, Indiana University)
- Smallholders in rural Zambia are exposed to a number of shocks that threaten their livelihoods. With the majority of smallholders directly or indirectly dependent on local-level crop production, climate variability presents a particular threat to human-well being and food security. There are scale-dependent relationships that must be considered in assessing the vulnerability of smallholders to climate variability. This presentation will present methods for analyzing food security and smallholder resilience at multiple spatial scales of analysis. In particular, conceptual approaches are discussed to articulate the resilience of smallholders at household, community and regional levels of analysis. Results from a rich household survey data conducted in 2007 are integrated with land use data derived from satellite imagery to assess the vulnerability of smallholders at these diverse spatial scales. An agent-based modeling approach is presented as a mechanism to investigate the future potential vulnerability of smallholders to climate variability. These tools are discussed as components of an integrated multi-method approach for characterizing the spatial dimensions of resilience in smallholder systems.
LEKPRICHAKUL, Thamana (Senior Project Researcher, RIHN)