Adapting to climate variability: the views of peasant farmers in Nepal

Chalise, Sudarshan and Maraseni, Tek Narayan and Maroulis, Jerry (2015) Adapting to climate variability: the views of peasant farmers in Nepal. International Journal of Global Warming, 7 (3). pp. 380-394. ISSN 1758-2083


There are growing concerns, especially from farmers in rural
mid-east Nepal, about main-streaming locally-led climate adaptation strategies. Using a bottom-up approach, we analysed the bio-physical and socio-economic impacts on Nepalese agriculture from three focus group discussions and a survey of 60 peasant farmers to identify the relevant climate change impacts which were used to investigate how farmers’ practices overcome any climate-based barriers. The results suggest that farmers are partially able to
minimise the impacts of climate-based barriers whereas they have difficulty in coping with non-climatic barriers. The results emphasise the role of government and other stakeholders in locally-led adaptation (not only in
mitigation) as an avenue to combat the negative impacts of climate-based variability.

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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Permanent restricted access to published version in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher.
Faculty / Department / School: Current - Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts - School of Commerce
Date Deposited: 27 Apr 2016 23:45
Last Modified: 30 Jun 2016 03:20
Uncontrolled Keywords: climate variability; farmer perception; locally-led adaptation
Fields of Research : 07 Agricultural and Veterinary Sciences > 0701 Agriculture, Land and Farm Management > 070101 Agricultural Land Management
Socio-Economic Objective: D Environment > 96 Environment > 9603 Climate and Climate Change > 960301 Climate Change Adaptation Measures
Identification Number or DOI: 10.1504/IJGW.2015.069369

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