Drought in Botswana: intervention as fact and paradigm
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This paper provides an account of the recent history of Botswana in relation to recurrent drought conditions and changing economic circumstances. The effects of drought in Botswana are examined with reference to vulnerable groups and the nature of their susceptibility to this fOrm of natural disaster. An in-depth analysis of Botswana's Drought Relief and Recovery Programmes considers concepts such as income support and investment protection. A review of preventive and palliative measures, which have been introduced in Botswana attempts to identify effective patterns of response and residual areas of need. The concept of development related drought strategies is considered from the perspective of actual and possible modalities for implementation. Analytical focus is directed to the integration of drought relief and development planning. The paper's conclusion highlights the benefit of sustainable development for all as opposed to income support for vulnerable groups during typically extended periods of drought in Botswana.