A combination of gender, capitals and vulnerability demonstrates the value in using a multidimensional perspective to look at the socioeconomic and cultural contexts that form individuals’ capacity to reduce their long-term vulnerability to drought.

Due to the place-based characteristics of both gender and vulnerability, the analysis builds mainly on people’s stories. These are used to create a local-level picture of households’ situation over time, how their work strategies and management of resources have varied, and how they perceived changes in capacity and vulnerability in relation to continuity and change in the climate.

An additional analysis looks at how Nicaragua’s hazard-management policies view the role and importance of interaction among societal levels and actors.

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