The ‘Averting New Variant Famine’ research project was undertaken to generate evidence of how AIDS, in interaction with other factors, is impacting on the livelihood activities, opportunities and choices of young people in rural southern Africa. The research, based in two case study villages, Nihelo in Malawi and Ha Rantelali in Lesotho, employed a range of methods. These included participatory activities with about eighty 10-24-year-olds that sought to explore their perceptions of the impacts of adult sickness and death on young people’s livelihoods, as well as individual life history interviews with more than forty 18-24-year-olds that charted influences on livelihoods. The policy recommendations presented here are also informed by information gathered through interviews with more than eighty policy makers and practitioners from government ministries, UN and donor agencies, parastatals and NGOs.
Averting ‘New Variant Famine’, Policy Briefing August 2009, Brunel University, London, UK, 4 pp.