Impacts of Climate Variability and Change on Maize (Zea may) production in Makhuduthamaga Local Municipality, Limpopo Province, South Africa.

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dc.contributor.advisor Chikoore, Hector
dc.contributor.advisor Kori, Edmore
dc.contributor.author Matimolane, Selelo Wilson
dc.date 2018
dc.date.accessioned 2018-10-03T09:53:47Z
dc.date.available 2018-10-03T09:53:47Z
dc.date.issued 2018-09-21
dc.identifier.citation Matimolane, Selelo Wilson (2018) Impacts of Climate Variability and Change on Maize (Zea mays) production in Makhuduthemaga Local Municipality, Limpopo Province, South Africa, University of Venda, Thohoyandou, South Africa,<http://hdl.handle.net/11602/1179>
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/11602/1179
dc.description MENVSC (Geography)
dc.description Department of Geography and Geo-Information Sciences
dc.description.abstract Climate variability and change directly affect agricultural production. This is because the agricultural sector is inherently sensitive to climatic conditions and is one of the most vulnerable sectors to risks and impact of global climate change. The aim of this study was to determine maize producer's vulnerability and assess the impact of climate variability and change on maize production in the Makhuduthamaga Local Municipality, of Limpopo Province, South Africa. Climatic and maize yields data utilized in the study are for the period 1985 - 2015). Interviews were also conducted with the producers and various officials from government and non-governmental sectors. The results illustrate significant rainfall and temperature variations both spatially and temporally. The variations observed in the average rainfall and rain days for the period under consideration were not related to the variation in yield of maize for the same period. The regression results revealed low R² values, indicating a weak relationship between maize yields, rain days and rainfall. Furthermore, the results revealed a significant positive relationship between annual rainfall and temperature (r²<0.05 and P<0.05) but not a significant relationship with maize yields. The results of the qualitative data showed that the producers’ perception of the occurrence of climate variability was high, as 65.7% of the respondents indicated that the state of climate is increasingly variable. About 61.5% of the producers implemented or adopted an adaptation strategy to cope with the perceived climate variability and change. Age, gender and access to extension services were determined as important factors that determine the adoption of adaptation strategies. The vulnerability assessment revealed that producers were highly vulnerable to changing climate; this exposes producers to the risks of crop failure, loss of income and food insecurity. The study recommended (a) intervention and adaptation strategies that target mitigation of decreased rainfall impacts (b) increased access to extension service (c) empirical research around the impacts of climate change to increase producers’ level of awareness. en_US
dc.description.sponsorship NRF en_US
dc.format.extent 1 online resource (xii, 121 leaves : color illustrations, color maps)
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.rights University of Venda
dc.subject Climate variability and change en_US
dc.subject Maize yields en_US
dc.subject Vulnerability en_US
dc.subject Adaptation en_US
dc.subject Impact en_US
dc.subject.ddc 577.220968255
dc.subject.lcsh Corn -- South Africa -- Limpopo
dc.subject.lcsh Zea -- South Africa -- Limpopo
dc.subject.lcsh Climate change -- Environmental aspects.
dc.subject.lcsh Climate changes -- South Africa -- Limpopo
dc.title Impacts of Climate Variability and Change on Maize (Zea may) production in Makhuduthamaga Local Municipality, Limpopo Province, South Africa. en_US
dc.type Dissertation en_US

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