Author(s): Lisa Segnestam

Year: 2017

In: Latin American Research Review

DOI: 10.25222/larr.220

Type: Journal article



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Gendered Experiences of Adaptation to Drought: Patterns of Change in El Sauce, Nicaragua

SEI 2017 nicaragua drought gender Segenstam copyRainfall is becoming less frequent in Nicaragua, which, combined with rising temperatures, is leading to drought. Why do women and men respond and adapt differently to these conditions?

Vulnerability is highly diverse and locally specific. This analysis is based on a qualitative case study in a drought-stricken part of northwest Nicaragua, and interprets gender differentiations in vulnerability in the interplay between structures and resources.

The author explores the role that particular socioeconomic and environmental issues have played in recent decades in gender differentiation. The analysis examines how this differentiation affects people's capacity to reduce vulnerability through coping with and adapting to more frequent droughts and increasingly dry climate.

The author's earlier research on social-ecological interactions is developed to give a richer appreciation of gender-differentiated vulnerability. In so doing, this article also contributes to the underexplored field of historical research on gendered adaptations.

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