MAINSTREAMING CLIMATE CHANGE ADAPTATION IN AGRICULTURAL EXTENSION
SESSION 3: HAZARD ASSESSMENT (STEP 2)
Hazard assessment determines the likelihood of experiencing a natural or man-
made hazard and its effect.
SLIDE – Hazard assessment
• Hazard assessment determines the likelihood of experiencing a
natural or man-made hazard and analyses the nature, impact and
behaviour of each specific hazard experienced by the community.
• Climate change interacts with known hazards to potentially produce
conditions which have never been experienced before. Uncertainty
becomes a hazard itself.
The hazard assessment will largely be based on the past experiences of the
community and include:
SLIDE – Task: Identify
What different hazards affect your community?
How often is the community affected and for how long?
What are the underlying causes of the hazard?.
What physical parts of the community are affected and how
the effects are distributed?
Which sectors of the community are affected by the hazards
The extent or severity of the effects
Weather related hazards (meteorological hazards) are already exhibiting
increased variability (GLOBAL WEIRDING).
A Training Manual on Use of Climate Information and Vulnerability and Capacity Assessment for
Agricultural Extension Staff in Zimbabwe