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(2016 - 2018)
(2016 - 2018)
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Article 0 Reads 0 Citations Community perceptions of climate change and initiatives for the conservation of endemic plants in Limpopo Province, Sout... Published: 22 June 2018
Weather, doi: 10.1002/wea.3272
This study was conducted to examine how climate change is perceived by a rural community in Limpopo Province, South Africa, and to investigate how such changes affect endemic plant species upon which community members depend for their livelihoods. The initiatives employed by community members to preserve endemic plants which have cultural value are also examined. The results of the study were obtained from semi‐structured interviews with traditional health practitioners and other community members. It was found that participants’ perceptions of the current state of climate change were linked to their observations of changes in temperature and rainfall patterns. Interviewees reported having experienced rising temperatures in the form of an increased frequency of excessively hot summers, as well as warmer winters. Rainfall was described as scarce, and rain episodes were characterised by more frequent thunderstorms. These observations have been confirmed in an independent analysis of meteorological observations by Ziervogel et al. (2014), who found that the mean annual temperature has increased by at least 1.5‐fold over the past five decades, and that extreme rainfall events have increased in frequency. The consequences of these changes in temperature and rainfall are significant and mostly negative, including poor plant growth, the withering of immature plants and the total loss of some useful species. However, members of this rural community have adopted indigenous conservation practices to limit the risk of indigenous plant loss and to maintain their cultural usage. Conservation practices adopted in the study area include the observance of cultural taboos, as well as other traditional customs, which restrict the harvesting and collection of useful plant materials.
Article 0 Reads 0 Citations Human perception of climate change Published: 14 April 2018
Weather, doi: 10.1002/wea.3204
This study examines how changes in local climate are perceived by members of the indigenous community of Limpopo Province, South Africa, and how such changes affect the community's resources and livelihood systems. Community members were asked to report any changes in climatic conditions that they had observed between 1993 and 2015. Data were collected through focus group discussions and in‐depth interviews with a sample of participants born between 1930 and 1970. The results reveal that variations in temperature and rainfall have led to a perception of changing climatic conditions. These perceptions correlate with meteorological data on temperature and rainfall for Limpopo Province between 1993 and 2015. Changes in temperature and rainfall have a remarkable effect on the community's indigenous livelihood resources, such as subsistence food production, material culture, water and biodiversity.
Article 2 Reads 0 Citations Subsistence Food Production Practices: An Approach to Food Security and Good Health Published: 05 October 2017
International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, doi: 10.3390/ijerph14101184
Food security is a prerequisite for health. Availability and accessibility of food in rural areas is mainly achieved through subsistence production in which community members use local practices to produce and preserve food. Subsistence food production ensures self-sufficiency and reduction of poverty and hunger. The main emphasis with the present study is examining subsistence farming and collection of edible plant materials to fulfill dietary requirements, thereby ensuring food security and good health. Data collected from a purposive sample show that subsistence crops produced in the home-gardens and fields, and those collected from the wild, are sources of grain, vegetables and legumes. Sources of grain and legumes are produced in the home-gardens and fields, whereas vegetables sources are mostly collected in the wild and fewer in the home-gardens. These food sources have perceived health potential in child and maternal care of primary health care.
Article 0 Reads 2 Citations Sustainable Use and Management of Indigenous Plant Resources: A Case of Mantheding Community in Limpopo Province, South ... Published: 03 March 2016
Sustainability, doi: 10.3390/su8030221
Indigenous plant resources provide rural communities with non-timber forest products that provide energy, food, shelter and medicine. Indigenous plant users in the rural communities have developed selective management methods to sustain plant resources. The most common management methods are restrictions on the cutting of green plants, harvesting of some species during certain seasons, exclusive harvesting of the leaves of certain species and collection of lateral roots from medicinal plant species. The present study examined the use and management strategies developed by members of Mantheding community to sustain indigenous plant resources. The study results are derived from 100 structured interviews and transect walks with key-informants. Multiple uses of indigenous plants are observed. The plants are sources of medicine, food, fodder and fuel. Sustainable management of indigenous plants is accomplished through harvesting practices, seed propagation and control of plant use by the local chief. These management strategies may be referred to as in situ management methods in which the fruits, leaves, roots, bulbs, stem, bark and wood are harvested in their habitats and direct conservation methods are applied to sustain the resources.