Global climate policies, local institutions and food security in a pastoral society in Ethiopia

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Show simple item record Virtanen, Pekka Palmujoki, Eero Gemechu, Dereje Terefe 2012-02-07T09:35:01Z 2012-02-07T09:35:01Z 2011
dc.identifier.citation Virtanen, P. & Gemechu, D. (2011). Global climate policies, local institutions and food security in a pastoral society in Ethiopia. Consilience: The Journal of Sustainable Development, 5 (1), 96-118. Retrieved from
dc.identifier.issn 1948-3074
dc.description.abstract This paper explores climate change adaptation within national policy priorities in a least developed country (LDC). The premise of the article is that when considering food security, climate is an exogenous trigger, while the deeper causes lie in social problems. Therefore, adaptation is subordinate to poverty alleviation. The paper examines how these two goals, climate adaptation and poverty alleviation, can be combined. Recent studies have shown that the most effective way to adapt to changing climate conditions in a poor country is to rely on local institutions that have established and sustainable mechanisms to deal with extreme climatic conditions. This research analyzes the stakeholder model, which calls for the participation of both governmental and non-governmental institutions, and how it is applied to climate change adaptation activities in Ethiopia. The study includes field research to analyze how local institutions are used to strengthen the resilience of communities in changing climate conditions. This research was carried out among pastoral communities in the Borana Zone and in the lowland areas of the Guji Zone in the Oromia Regional State of Ethiopia. The central methods of the study are semi-structured interviews with key stakeholders as well as secondary materials in the form of of policy statements, project documents and research literature. Theis research concludes that local institutions are poorly integrated into the process, while traditional adaptation strategies such as mobility are practically neglected. fi
dc.language.iso eng
dc.publisher Columbia University
dc.relation.ispartofseries Consilience - The Journal of Sustainable Development
dc.rights This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 3.0 Unported License.
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dc.subject.other LDC en
dc.subject.other stakeholder model en
dc.subject.other climate adaptation en
dc.subject.other poverty alleviation en
dc.subject.other ilmastopolitiikka fi
dc.subject.other köyhyys fi
dc.subject.other Etiopia fi
dc.title Global climate policies, local institutions and food security in a pastoral society in Ethiopia
dc.type Article
dc.identifier.urn URN:NBN:fi:jyu-201202071136
dc.subject.kota 520
dc.contributor.laitos Yhteiskuntatieteiden ja filosofian laitos fi
dc.contributor.laitos Faculty of Social Sciences en
dc.contributor.oppiaine Valtio-oppi fi
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