Dr Sonwabo Mazinyo

Level of Study: 
Geography & Environmental Science
Factors determining the perceptions of climate variability and the determinants of adaptive capacity in the Ngqushwa Local Municipality, Eastern Cape, South Africa

It is evident that climate variability and vulnerability to its adverse effects is highly perceived by the Ngqushwa farmers.  The involvement of women in agriculture is also a determining factor of perceptions of climate variability and its related changes. Income decreases the probability to adapt. This signifies the low incomes in the area, where homogeneity of income is the norm. The adaptive strategies adopted at the study area are not well coordinated to the extent that everyone benefits equally from their adoption. The respondents are poor.  The respondents must be assisted both financially and technically to build the capacity needed to better adopt their own indigenous strategies as well as those specified in the National Development Plan aligned intergovernmental climate change response strategies.