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Livestock wealth and social capital as insurance against climate risk: a case study of Samburu County in Kenya

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Livestock wealth and social capital as insurance against climate risk : a case study of Samburu County in Kenya. / Ng'ang'a, Stanley Karanja; Bulte, Erwin H.; Giller, Ken E.; Ndiwa, Nicholas N.; Kifugo, Shem C.; McIntire, John M.; Herrero, Mario; Rufino, Mariana C.

In: Agricultural Systems, Vol. 146, 07.2016, p. 44-54.

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Ng'ang'a, SK, Bulte, EH, Giller, KE, Ndiwa, NN, Kifugo, SC, McIntire, JM, Herrero, M & Rufino, MC 2016, 'Livestock wealth and social capital as insurance against climate risk: a case study of Samburu County in Kenya', Agricultural Systems, vol. 146, pp. 44-54. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.agsy.2016.04.004

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Ng'ang'a, S. K., Bulte, E. H., Giller, K. E., Ndiwa, N. N., Kifugo, S. C., McIntire, J. M., Herrero, M., & Rufino, M. C. (2016). Livestock wealth and social capital as insurance against climate risk: a case study of Samburu County in Kenya. Agricultural Systems, 146, 44-54. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.agsy.2016.04.004

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Ng'ang'a SK, Bulte EH, Giller KE, Ndiwa NN, Kifugo SC, McIntire JM et al. Livestock wealth and social capital as insurance against climate risk: a case study of Samburu County in Kenya. Agricultural Systems. 2016 Jul;146:44-54. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.agsy.2016.04.004

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Ng'ang'a, Stanley Karanja ; Bulte, Erwin H. ; Giller, Ken E. ; Ndiwa, Nicholas N. ; Kifugo, Shem C. ; McIntire, John M. ; Herrero, Mario ; Rufino, Mariana C. / Livestock wealth and social capital as insurance against climate risk : a case study of Samburu County in Kenya. In: Agricultural Systems. 2016 ; Vol. 146. pp. 44-54.

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KW - NORTHERN KENYA

KW - EAST-AFRICA

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