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Climate-smart agriculture for sustainable agricultural sectors: The case of Mooifontein

Jennifer A. Mathews, Leandri Kruger, Gideon J. Wentink
Jàmbá: Journal of Disaster Risk Studies | Vol 10, No 1 | a492 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/jamba.v10i1.492 | © 2018 Jennifer A. Mathews, Leandri Kruger, Gideon J. Wentink | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 08 May 2017 | Published: 31 January 2018

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Jennifer A. Mathews, African Centre for Disaster Studies, North-West University, South Africa
Leandri Kruger, African Centre for Disaster Studies, North-West University, South Africa
Gideon J. Wentink, African Centre for Disaster Studies, North-West University, South Africa


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Abstract

Climate change is an environmental phenomenon with the potential to exacerbate existing disaster risks and cause extensive human, financial and environmental losses. The Mooifontein agricultural region in South Africa is considered to be a region vulnerable to climate change– associated risks. These climate risks would pose a substantial threat to the livelihoods of farmers in the Mooifontein area. This article aims to explore climate-smart agriculture (CSA) as a resilience-building tool to ensure sustainable agricultural practices. A qualitative research approach was utilised to gain insights into climate change and the lived experiences of farmers and agricultural experts in Mooifontein. The findings revealed that agricultural communities should focus on the identification and application of adaptation strategies like CSA. The adoption of appropriate CSA practices will play a vital role in ensuring sustainable livelihoods and improved community resilience for farming communities in the Mooifontein region.

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climate change; climate-smart agriculture; disaster risk reduction; mitigation; adaptation; sustainability

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