have developed a range of strategies to assist their members
in surviving the impacts of HIV/AIDS, as well as other threats
to their livelihoods and food security.
Most of these strategies are traditionally based and coupled
with extended family support. They account for the vast
majority of assistance provided to AIDS-affected households.
Social support groups, savings clubs and credit associations,
self-help groups, community based organizations, income
generating projects and exchange of labour are all essential
in supporting rural livelihoods.
Community support through labour sharing and food sharing
from communal plots are fundamental to households affected
by HIV/AIDS. External support from donors, NGOs, religious
organizations or other groups should be directed towards
strengthening these kinds of community-based initiatives
rather than replacing them.