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March 2006

Announcement of a publication

The Impact of HIV/AIDS and drought on local knowledge systems for agrobiodiversity and food security in Swaziland

A publication of the Gender, biodiversity and local knowledge systems for food security ( LinKS ) Project


This LinKS study uses a livelihoods approach to highlight the linkages between the impact of HIV/AIDS and drought and the degradation of human, financial and social capital. It also explores the role and use of agrobiodiversity in mitigating the effects of drought and HIV/AIDS. The study found that there are numerous impacts of HIV/AIDS and drought on the different livelihood assets and that these impacts are detrimental to food security and local knowledge for agrobiodiversity. The study makes recommendations that could help achieving sustainable strategies by addressing gender inequality, health care, nutrition, labour shortages and knowledge.




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