1st Edition

Basic Income for Disasters and Climate Change in Africa Agrarian Risk Reduction and Adaptation

By Sara Bernardo Copyright 2025
    262 Pages 15 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    This book considers how basic income could be used as a mechanism for disaster risk reduction and climate change adaptation in African agrarian societies.

    African agrarian societies are among those most severely impacted by disasters, due to insufficient financial and technological resources to prepare for and respond to crises. This book argues that hazards and environmental disasters are increasingly not isolated occurrences, and the vulnerability of communities is cumulative event after event, with capacities to cope and adapt weakened progressively. With pre- and post-disaster operating as a single continuous process, basic income could provide communities with a stable flow of money, leaving them better able to adapt and respond to crises. To illustrate the theoretical framework, the book uses Mozambique, and more specifically the district of Búzi, as an instrumental case study.

    This innovative book will be of interest to readers across the fields of global development, African studies, and humanitarian and disaster studies.

    1. Introduction

    2. Crises, Disasters and Societies

    3. African Agrarian Societies

    4. Sub-Saharan African Agrarian Societies in Disasters

    5. Development and Humanitarian Aid as Intervention

    6. Transfers – In-Kind, Vouchers and Cash

    7. With a Case Study: Mozambique – Búzi District

    8. A Detailed Look at Disasters Management from a Population Perspective – Búzi District as an Illustrative Case

    9. Conclusions

    10. Wrapping Up


    Sara Bernardo holds a PhD in African Studies from ISCTE-IUL, Lisbon University Institute, Portugal and previously worked in the NGO sector.