Barriers and enablers to climate change adaptation in north-central Namibia

25 Jan 2018 - 15:00
Despite a harsh climate, low soil productivity and scarce water resources, the livelihoods of communities in semi-arid north-central Namibia are sustained predominantly by rain-fed agriculture and animal husbandry. Their dependence on natural resources means that these communities are highly vulnerable to climate variability and change. However, many of them lack the capacity to adapt to the increasingly warm, dry and more extreme conditions due to the presence of various barriers. 
This information brief, written by Julia Davies, a senior research assistant on the ASSAR southern Africa team, discusses what these barriers are, and what can be done to enable climate adaptation in Namibia.