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Published Date: Jun 29, 2018

What Defines Livelihood Vulnerability in Rural Semi-Arid Areas? Evidence from Pakistan

Rabia Ayesha Qaisrani, Muhammad Awais Umar, Ghamz E Ali Siyal and Kashif Majeed Salik


Rural livelihoods in semi-arid Pakistan are increasingly exposed to climate impacts such as rising temperatures, erratic

rainfalls and more intense and frequent climate-related extreme events. This is introducing new risks to the already vulnerable

and marginalised societies that lack development and have high poverty rates. This study uses the IPCC Livelihood

Vulnerability Index (LVI) approach to analyse the determinants of household livelihood vulnerability defning vulnerability

in terms of exposure, sensitivity and adaptive capacity. It also determines various adaptation responses that farmers apply

and elucidates the reasons why some farmers choose not to adapt to climate change. It focuses on three semi-arid districts

in Pakistan (Faisalabad, D.G. Khan and Mardan) and uses a sample of 150 rural agricultural households. As per the LVI

scores, D.G. Khan is the most vulnerable district to climate change impacts, followed by Mardan and Faisalabad, respectively.

Results show that (a lack of) adaptive capacity plays quite an important role in shaping households’ livelihood vulnerability

for any given degree of exposure and sensitivity. Besides lower exposure and sensitivity to climate change, extremely low

levels of adaptive capacity make Mardan more vulnerable to climate change compared to Faisalabad. The paper argues on

people-centric development for rural areas through strengthening of agriculture sector as well as providing rural household

opportunities for of-farm livelihoods