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Rural households’ livelihoods diversification through termite utilization in depressed region of Zimbabwe

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dc.contributor.author Taru, Josiah
dc.contributor.author Chazovachii, Bernard
dc.date.accessioned 2018-10-23T10:08:40Z
dc.date.available 2018-10-23T10:08:40Z
dc.date.issued 2015-11-23
dc.identifier.issn 1004 - 2857 (Print) 2325 - 4262 (Online)
dc.identifier.uri http://localhost:8080/xmlui/handle/123456789/116
dc.description.abstract This study sought to examine the utility of termites to rural households in depressed regions of Bikita, Zimbabwe. Colonialism and its spread of European culture had viewed entomophagy with contempt resulting in reduced utilization and consumption of termites in most colonies. In our quest to understand how people in depressed regions utilized termites, both quantitative and qualitative methodologies were employed. Questionnaires and in-depth interviews were used to gather data during field work. Purposive and snowball sampling techniques were used in recruiting respondents. Excel and content analysis were used in data presentation and analysis. Results revealed that dampwood and drywood termites are climatic indicators for the rural communal farmers, a low-cost technology in weather forecasting. Subterrain and mold builders provide manure, relish, and are medicinal in nature. They are traded for income generation, and as for the poor, harvesting, processing, storage, and marketing is cost effective. Though considered nostalgic foods, most respondents highlighted that selling termites complimented other off-farm livelihood activities. Termite consumption and utilization provide a sustainable way for livelihood diversification in depressed regions and has partly addressed problems of food insecurity. en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.publisher Chinese Journal of Population Resources and Environment en_US
dc.relation.ispartofseries ;Vol. 13 No. 4
dc.subject Termites consumption and utilization en_US
dc.subject Food security en_US
dc.subject Livelihoods en_US
dc.subject Non-timber forest products en_US
dc.title Rural households’ livelihoods diversification through termite utilization in depressed region of Zimbabwe en_US
dc.type Article en_US

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