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Household Vulnerability Assessment Training – University of Venda
4 October 2013


Household Vulnerability Assessment Training – University of Venda The Food, Agriculture and Natural Resources Policy Analysis Network (FANRPAN) and the Financial and Fiscal Commission (FFC) of South Africa are implementing a joint research project titled “Household Vulnerability to Disasters: An Application of the Household Vulnerability”. The project is funded by the FFC and the International Development Research Centre (IDRC) implemented in Limpopo and the Eastern Cape provinces. The universities of Venda (Institute for Rural Development (IRD)) and Fort Hare are the implementing agencies in the two provinces respectively while the University of Cape Town, Jimat Development Consultants and Development Data are providing technical research expertise in the areas of climate change and crop modelling, cost benefit analysis and vulnerability assessment To kick start implementation of the project in Limpopo Province, the University of Venda - IRD hosted a training workshop – from the 07th to the 10th of October 2013 – on conducting household vulnerability assessment using the FANRPAN developed Household Vulnerability Index. Mr Tendayi Kureya, from Development Data, led the successful training workshop. The 35 participants trained are:

  • staff from Office of the Premier (Limpopo);
  • post-graduate students and staff from different faculties of the University of Venda;
  • staff from FANRPAN;
  • staff from Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs (CoGTA);
  • selected ward committee members and community members from Ward 2 (i.e., Lambani Begwa, Mubvumoni, Gunda and Lukalo); and
  • staff from Mutale Municipality (i.e., Ward 11 where IRD is planning to use its own resources to conduct similar study).

The project is against the backdrop that adverse impact of climate change disasters on agriculture and household food security is a reality. More so for rural households that are generally poor and lacking resources to adapt and mitigate the impacts of climate change associated disasters. The purpose of this study, therefore, is to evaluate household vulnerability to climate change disasters, food and water security using the Household Assets Vulnerability Assessment (HAVA), previously Househould Vulnerability Index (HVI), diagnostic tool, so as to provide a basis for strategic interventions to targeted beneficiaries. This assessment of vulnerability will identify the households that are vulnerable, to what, in what way, and where. The gender dimensions of vulnerability are a key dimension of the study.

Specific objectives of the project are:

  • To use the HAVA tool to evaluate the vulnerability of rural households to natural disasters, food and water insecurities,
  • To build capacity of local institutions to carry out HAVA assessments and analysis, and
  • To provide recommendations on the financial and fiscal policy measures and instruments that can be used to improve the resilience of households to disasters, food and water insecurities.

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