Original Research - Special Collection: Changing Global Context

Small-Scale Farmers Associations’ adaptive capacity to climate change in Swaziland sugarcane industry

Bon’sile F.N. Mhlanga-Ndlovu, Godwell Nhamo
Jàmbá: Journal of Disaster Risk Studies | Vol 11, No 2 | a697 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/jamba.v11i2.697 | © 2019 Godwell Nhamo, Bon’sile F.N. Mhlanga-Ndlovu | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 14 June 2018 | Published: 25 June 2019

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Bon’sile F.N. Mhlanga-Ndlovu, Department of Environmental Sciences, University of South Africa, Johannesburg, South Africa
Godwell Nhamo, Institute for Corporate Citizenship, University of South Africa, Johannesburg, South Africa

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This study investigated the existing adaptive capacity for climate change impacts by Small-Scale Famers Associations (SSFAs) in Swaziland’s sugar industry. The analysis of adaptive capacity considered how the livelihood assets (natural, physical, financial, human and social) as discussed in the Sustainable Livelihoods Framework (SLF) help promote SSFAs’ adaptive capacity to climate change. The study took place in the Lowveld. Data were generated through a questionnaire from 45 SSFAs supervisors representing more than 2700 farmers. In addition, face-to-face interviews were undertaken with key informants, namely, Swaziland Water and Agricultural Development Enterprise, Swaziland Sugar Association, Ministry of Natural Resources and Energy, Ministry of Agriculture, Ministry of Economic Planning and Development, and the United Nations Development Programme. The results indicate that the farmers have less adaptive capacity, and this affects the implementation of adaptation measures. The priority action towards increased adaptation includes interventions on credit, utility costs and taxes, land resources ownership and management, as well as information dissemination, especially early warning.


Swaziland; Sugar; Adaptation; Climate Change; Farmers


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