MAINSTREAMING CLIMATE CHANGE ADAPTATION IN AGRICULTURAL EXTENSION
SESSION 4: ASSESSMENT OF LIVELIHOODS VULNERABILITY
To understand how to carry out a Livelihoods Vulnerability Assessment. This
process will help participants to understand which aspects of people‟s livelihoods
are vulnerable to particular hazards, shocks and stresses, the nature of that
vulnerability, and whether there are institutional and/or policy factors which
contribute to that vulnerability.
The vulnerability assessment aims to identify who is at risk, what assets are at
risk from the identified hazards and why they are at risk? This involves detailed
discussion with particular groups of vulnerable people identified in the
community profiling and hazard analysis. Remember, some aspects of
vulnerability may be hazard specific. In a community facing several hazards of
equal importance, the vulnerability of the community should ideally be assessed
for each specific hazard. You may also wish to select different participants for
focus groups depending on the hazard and the group most affected by it.
SLIDE - The vulnerability assessment aims to identify
• who is at risk and how?
• which assets are at risk?
• why are they at risk?
This involves detailed discussion with particular groups of vulnerable people
identified in the community profiling and hazard analysis.
Many aspects of vulnerability are hazard specific.
A Training Manual on Use of Climate Information and Vulnerability and Capacity Assessment for
Agricultural Extension Staff in Zimbabwe