Coping with Drought in Rural Papua New Guinea: A Western Highlands Case Study

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Abstract

The short- and long-term effects of climate change on Papua New Guinea’s agricultural sector have generated significant debate in recent times. Current literature demonstrates that different population groups have differing levels of vulnerability and resilience to the flow-on effects of climate change, particularly drought. Yet different schools of thought on the country’s food security and effects on livelihoods persist. This article draws on evidence from research conducted in the Western Highlands of Papua New Guinea as part of a bigger economic empowerment project to illustrate the vulnerabilities of one community of rural semisubsistence farmers to drought-induced food insecurity. It examines responses to drought, identifies modes of resilience, and discusses the implications for future actions.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)393-410
Number of pages18
JournalEcology of Food and Nutrition
Volume56
Issue number5
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 3 Sep 2017

Keywords

  • Agricultural livelihoods
  • Papua New Guinea
  • drought
  • food security
  • rural farmers

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