DiMP Disaster Mitigation for Sustainable Livelihoods Project
This resource pack, consisting of a book, by Ailsa Holloway and Astrid von Kotze, and a PAL- or NTSC-format VHS videocassette, presents a creative and constructive participative training approach to drought preparedness and sustainable development in at-risk communities. It constitutes an innovative effort to move the practice of drought mitigation beyond 'classic disaster management' towards sustainable development and practice. Moreover, the approach itself is not only educational but also accessible and engaging.
The handbook contains carefully developed and tested activities, while the complementary video material consists of three training films. The material can be used to accommodate a wide range of training, education and facilitation needs and will prove to be a valuable resource to those in the field of disaster management, sustainable agriculture or participatory development.
Astrid von Kotze teaches in adult and community education at the University of Natal, South Africa.
Ailsa Holloway co-ordinates the Disaster Mitigation for Sustainable Livelihoods Project. This handbook covers a whole range of issues relating to local seed supply systems, including participatory plant breeding, and both technical and practical information on seed production and variety maintenance. It suggests new approaches and methods to support on-farm seed production by small-scale farmers in developing countries.
Chapter One - About this Pack
Introducing this pack
Finding your way around the pack and individual activities
Using the learning activities and the films
Chapter Two - Terms, Concepts and Perceptions
2.1 Learning the language of drought mitigation
2.2 Using terms and concepts
2.3 Perceptions of risk
2.4 Common perceptions and meanings of drought
Chapter Three - Understanding Risk
3.1 Drought as hazard
3.2 Defining vulnerability
3.3 Increasing vulnerability through stereotyping
3.4 Assessing risk: a participatory approach
3.5 Accumulated risk and drought
3.6 Targeting children
3.7 Mooka Granaries - a case study of drought mitigation?
Chapter Four - Planning and Implementing Drought Mitigation
4.1 Drought management: preparedness or mitigation?
4.2 Moving from information to action: alerting communities to impending droughts
4.3 Identifying appropriate drought mitigation activities
4.4 Planning mitigation
4.5 Negotiating risk reduction policy and practice
4.6 Negotiating drought mitigation across interest groups
4.7 Advocating for drought mitigation
4.8 Community-driven risk reduction
4.9 Banga Dam: integrating risk reduction with sustainable development
4.10 Institution- and capacity-building
4.11 The role of extension workers
Chapter Five - Materials, Glossary, Reference
5.2 Storylines of the films
5.3 Information for community drought mitigation training
5.4 Ideas for designing a learning session
5.5 Glossary of some terms and concepts used
5.6 Reference material
ISBN 1 85339 470 X. 206pp. Paperback book and videocassette PAL format. 238 x 176mm. August 1999. £19.95. $35.00
ISBN 1 85339 481 5. 206pp. Paperback book and videocassette NTSC format. 238 x 176mm. August 1999. £19.95. $35.00
Rights: World excluding Southern Africa
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