Biting the Bullet: Dealing with the Annual Hunger Gap in the Alaotra, Madagascar

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serval:BIB_FE4834DAD405
Type
Article: article d'un périodique ou d'un magazine.
Collection
Publications
Titre
Biting the Bullet: Dealing with the Annual Hunger Gap in the Alaotra, Madagascar
Périodique
Sustainability
Auteur(s)
Stoudmann Natasha, Reibelt Lena M., Kull Christian A., Garcia Claude A., Randriamalala Mirana, Waeber Patrick O.
ISSN
2071-1050
Statut éditorial
Publié
Date de publication
10/04/2019
Volume
11
Numéro
7
Pages
2147
Langue
anglais
Résumé
The hunger gap (the annual period of hardship when most crops are growing but not yet ready for harvest) remains a reality for many smallholder farmers throughout the globe. With a population largely relying on agriculture, and high poverty and malnutrition rates continuously afflicting the country, farmers in Madagascar are particularly vulnerable to the impacts of the hunger gap, further putting pressure on already fragile ecosystems. Using a case study in the Alaotra region, we examine the seasonal trends of climate and agricultural resource dynamics, as well as characterize farmers’ experiences of and strategies used in response to the hunger gap, in order to assess how conservation may better consider the hunger gap to align its objectives with local needs. Results show that farmers are vulnerable to climatic events during a large part of the year, exacerbating the impacts of the hunger gap. The hunger gap appears to have varying degrees of impact on communities around Lake Alaotra, linked to factors such as road quality and agrarian structures—for example, land tenure and size of parcels—contributing to growing environmental degradation. We end by discussing various past and present responses aimed at improving the resilience of farmers of the Alaotra region, including improved accessibility, agricultural intensification, and conservation agriculture.
Mots-clé
Renewable Energy, Sustainability and the Environment, Geography, Planning and Development, Management, Monitoring, Policy and Law
Web of science
Open Access
Oui
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25/07/2019 19:52
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21/08/2019 5:17
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