Assessing the determinants of rice farmers' adaptation strategies to climate change in Bangladesh

Sarker, Md. Abdur Rashid and Alam, Khorshed and Gow, Jeff (2013) Assessing the determinants of rice farmers' adaptation strategies to climate change in Bangladesh. International Journal of Climate Change Strategies and Management, 5 (4). pp. 382-403. ISSN 1756-8692

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Abstract

Purpose - This paper examines rice farmers' selection of adaptation strategies to cope with and offset the effects of climate change and the determinants of those selections in Rajshahi, a severely drought-prone district of Bangladesh.

Design/methodology/approach - Farm level micro-data was obtained from 550 rice growers in the 2010-2011 farming season. A multinomial logit (MNL) model was utilised to assess the determinants of adaptation strategies practised by farmers in response to climate change.

Findings - Results from the MNL model indicate that gender, age, education of household heads, household assets, annual farm income, farm size, tenure status, farmer-to-farmer extension, access to credit, access to subsidy, and access to electricity, all affect farmers' selection of adaptation strategies for climate change.

Originality/value - This is the first study of its kind to analyse the determinants of adaptation strategies for climate change by farmers in drought-prone areas of Bangladesh. This study provides direction for policy makers in order to strengthen the adaptation strategies of farmers and guide policies accordingly. These strategies have the potential to minimise the adverse effects of climate change.


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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: © Emerald Group Publishing Limited. Published version deposited in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher.
Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Faculty of Business and Law - School of Accounting, Economics and Finance
Date Deposited: 08 Oct 2013 06:14
Last Modified: 15 Jul 2014 04:08
Uncontrolled Keywords: Bangladesh; climate change; perception; adaptation; rice
Fields of Research : 14 Economics > 1402 Applied Economics > 140201 Agricultural Economics
14 Economics > 1401 Economic Theory > 140104 Microeconomic Theory
14 Economics > 1403 Econometrics > 140305 Time-Series Analysis
Socio-Economic Objective: D Environment > 96 Environment > 9603 Climate and Climate Change > 960301 Climate Change Adaptation Measures
Identification Number or DOI: 10.1108/IJCCSM-06-2012-0033
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/24133

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