‘Livestock and Climate Change’ – Calvosa et al

Evidence from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC, 2007) is now overwhelmingly convincing that climate change is real, that it will become worse, and that the poorest and most vulnerable people will be the worst affected.

The International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) acknowledges climate change as one of the factors affecting rural poverty and as one of the challenges it needs to address.

While climate change is a global phenomenon, its negative impacts are more severely felt by poor people in developing countries who rely heavily on the natural resource base for their livelihoods. Rural poor communities rely greatly for their survival on agriculture and livestock keeping that are amongst the most climate-sensitive economic sectors. Continue reading

Urban Informality and the formally educated

The informal economy is often associated with low-skilled residents, often isolated from job opportunities by their limited skills set(s). However, the current economic and climate conditions are pushing more and more people with formal education and varied skills sets into the informal economy. The article explores this phenomena in Zimbabwe where women are increasingly working in the informal sector thus challenging the idea that the ‘black economy’ – as it has often been referred to – is home to the uneducated.

Will this increase of educated people in the informal sector help us to look at this sector of the economy with less skepticism and be more realistic and embracing about its contribution to the ‘formal’ economy?
My view is that governments and the broader community alike need to be more aware and sensitive to the accessibility of service that we are/can be afforded through the informal business sector.

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