Extreme Events as Transformative Factors in Pastoral Social Ecological Systems

This project will clarify the role of extreme events in the ongoing transformation of the vast rangelands of East Africa, a transformation that entails changing livelihood patterns and land use, fragmentation of the landscape, and impacts on wildlife, which together have far-reaching consequences for local and national economies and for the vulnerability of local people. The research entails ethnographic fieldwork and surveys involving households and village leaders in 10 predominantly Maasai villages in Tanzania that were on both the sending and receiving ends of the migration during the 2009 drought.

Principal Investigators: Paul W. Leslie, J. Terrence McCabe (University of Colorado)

Funding Source: National Science Foundation

Grant Number: 1533502

Funding Period: 9/1/2015 - 8/31/2018

Primary Research Area: Demography

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