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Determinants of Smallholder Livestock Farmers’ Household Resilience to Food Insecurity in South Africa

Department of Agricultural Economics, University of the Free State, P.O. Box 339, Bloemfontein 9300, South Africa
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Academic Editors: Christopher Robin Bryant, Andrea Vitali and Azzeddine Madani
Received: 12 April 2021 / Revised: 25 June 2021 / Accepted: 2 July 2021 / Published: 13 July 2021
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Climate Change and Food Insecurity)
This study identified factors affecting livestock farmers’ agricultural drought resilience to food insecurity in Northern Cape Province, South Africa. Data of 217 smallholder livestock farmers were used in a principal component analysis to estimate the agricultural drought resilience index. The structural equation approach was then applied to assess smallholder livestock farmers’ resilience to food insecurity. The study found that most smallholder livestock farmers (81%) were not resilient to agricultural drought. Assets (β = 0.150), social safety nets (β = 0.001), and adaptive capacity (β = 0.171) indicators positively impacted households’ resilience to food insecurity with 5% significance. Climate change indicators negatively impacted households’ resilience to food insecurity. Two variables were included under climate change, focusing on drought, namely drought occurrence (β = −0.118) and drought intensity (β = −0.021), which had a negative impact on household resilience to food insecurity with 10% significance. The study suggests that smallholder livestock farmers need assistance from the government and various stakeholders to minimize vulnerability and boost their resilience to food insecurity. View Full-Text
Keywords: agricultural drought; resilience; food insecurity; assets; adaptive capacity; social safety net agricultural drought; resilience; food insecurity; assets; adaptive capacity; social safety net
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Myeki, V.A.; Bahta, Y.T. Determinants of Smallholder Livestock Farmers’ Household Resilience to Food Insecurity in South Africa. Climate 2021, 9, 117. https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/cli9070117

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Myeki VA, Bahta YT. Determinants of Smallholder Livestock Farmers’ Household Resilience to Food Insecurity in South Africa. Climate. 2021; 9(7):117. https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/cli9070117

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Myeki, Vuyiseka A., and Yonas T. Bahta 2021. "Determinants of Smallholder Livestock Farmers’ Household Resilience to Food Insecurity in South Africa" Climate 9, no. 7: 117. https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/cli9070117

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