Vulnerability, Coping and Adaptation in the context of Climate Change and HIV/AIDS in South Africa

Climate change and HIV/AIDS are widely recognized as major contributors to chronic impoverishment in sub-Saharan Africa.

This project aims to gain a more nuanced understanding of how multiple interacting stressors such as climate variability and HIV/AIDS influence capital stocks, livelihood choices, vulnerability and food security. A study will be carried out in two of the poorest municipalities (Emalahleni and Mbaashe) in Eastern Cape province, South Africa, by research teams drawn from Rhodes University (South Africa), University of Alberta (Canada) and local partners. The knowledge generated will be used to inform local coping and adaptation practices, enhance the impact of government programs, and inform local and regional development policy. The project is also expected to build the capacity of the researchers, community members and municipal staff involved.

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Start Date

Monday, April 26, 2010

End Date

Monday, September 8, 2014


48 months

IDRC Officer

Gasengayire, Francois

Total funding

CA$ 599,913


South Africa, South of Sahara


Food, Environment, and Health

Project Leader

Marty Luckert

Project Leader

Professor Charlie Shackleton


Rhodes University

Institution Country

South Africa

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Project Leader

Marty Luckert


University of Alberta

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Institution Website