The Role of Drought Risk Management in Reducing the Vulnerability of Farmers: A Case Study of the City of Zarrindasht)

Document Type : Research Paper


1 PhD Candidate, Department of Geography and Rural Planning, Faculty of Geographic Sciences and Planning, University of Isfahan, Isfahan, Iran

2 Associate Professor, Department of Geography and Rural Planning, Faculty of Geographic Sciences and Planning, University of Isfahan, Isfahan, Iran

3 Professor, Department of Geography and Rural Planning, Faculty of Geographic Sciences and Planning, University of Isfahan, Isfahan, Iran

4 Associate Professor, Department of Geography, Faculty of Economic, Management & Social Sciences, Shiraz Univercity, Shiraz, Iran


Nowadays, most governments try to learn more about their risk management procedures so that, in the case of any damage caused by drought, they can reduce the adverse impacts.
This study aims to reduce the vulnerability of farmers against drought impacts with an emphasis on risk management. Questionnaires and interviews were used to collect the data. The questionnaires were distributed in fifteen villages. SPSS software was used for data analysis, the hierarchical technique of AHP for prioritization of strategies and the Prometea model for ranking the villages in the risk management framework. The study population consisted of 4463 households living in the rural city of Zarrindasht. Out of this population, a sample of 360 heads of families were selected by a simple random sampling. The validity of the questionnaire was assessed by scientific and administrative experts, and Cronbach's alpha was used to assess its reliability, which turned out to be 67 percent. The results indicated that the drought risk management approach can reduce the vulnerability of agriculture. This approach can reduce the economic, social and environmental consequences of draught in rural areas through mitigating the damages caused.


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