AIDS and Rural Livelihoods: Dynamics and Diversity in by Anke Niehof, Gabriel Rugalema, Stuart Gillespie

By Anke Niehof, Gabriel Rugalema, Stuart Gillespie

AIDS epidemics proceed to threaten the livelihoods of thousands of individuals in sub-Saharan Africa. 3 many years after the affliction was once first well-known, the once a year loss of life toll from AIDS exceeds that from wars, famine and floods mixed. but regardless of thousands of bucks of reduction and examine, there has formerly been little targeted on-the-ground research of the multifaceted affects on rural humans. Filling that hole, this booklet brings jointly contemporary proof of AIDS affects on rural families, livelihoods, and agricultural perform in sub-Saharan Africa. there's specific emphasis at the position of ladies in affected families, and at the scenario of kids. The ebook is exclusive in proposing micro-level details accrued by means of unique empirical study in more than a few African international locations, and displaying how well-grounded conclusions on developments, affects and native responses may be utilized to the layout of HIV-responsive regulations and programmes. AIDS affects are extra various than we formerly notion, and native responses extra different - occasionally cutting edge, occasionally determined. The publication represents an incredible contribution to our realizing of the affects of AIDS within the epidemic's heartland, and the way those will be controlled at various degrees.

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Nyakato manages to keep all the children in school and to occasionally use hired labour for managing livestock and other ‘male’ farm tasks. Sometimes she would perform those ‘male’ tasks herself. 1994–2000 Nyakato’s first born son completes primary school education at the local village school in 1994 and joins his mother at the farm. He progressively takes over responsibility for managing livestock. The herd continues to grow and an occasional sale of a beast boosts household income. By 1996 the eldest son feels that farming is not his calling and decides to leave for Dar-es-Salaam to find work or a place where he can be an apprentice to learn a trade.

Upon the death of the husband, Nyakato just like her co-wife, kept her children, the farm land and the livestock that had been under her care before her husband’s death. Nyakato inherited six heads of cattle but by 1993 the number had increased to ten. Nyakato manages to keep all the children in school and to occasionally use hired labour for managing livestock and other ‘male’ farm tasks. Sometimes she would perform those ‘male’ tasks herself. 1994–2000 Nyakato’s first born son completes primary school education at the local village school in 1994 and joins his mother at the farm.

R esilience and ( dis ) continuity in H ouseholds 33 She was constantly falling ill and so her mother-in-law became the sole care provider for her ill son and her pregnant daughter-in-law. Since Kabumbilo could no longer work, the household had to sell some assets including cattle, timber and a bicycle to generate income for food and medical care.  In April 1996 the wife delivered a sickly daughter and quickly resumed her roles and responsibilities as mother, wife, carer and provider. Kabumbilo dies in July 1996 survived by four young children, his widow and his elderly mother.

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