How do farm size and perceptions matter for farmers' adaptation responses to climate change?
Kochi University of Technology, Institute for Frontier Studies
- Pankaj Koirala, Koji Kotani, Shunsuke Managi
This research addresses what matters for farmers’ responses to climate change, hypothesizing that farm sizes, climatic perceptions and the interplay between the two are key determinants. The result reveals that farmers take adaptations as the farm sizes become small or as they have good climatic perceptions & a social network with other farmers. It also shows that small-sized farmers tend to adapt much more in response to their climatic perceptions than do large-sized ones. Overall, this research suggests that agriculture may be losing responsiveness to climate change, as large-sized farmers become dominant by holding a majority of land in developing countries. Thus, it is advisable to reconsider the tradeoff between productivity and responsiveness to climate change regarding farm sizes as well as how large-sized farmers can be induced to adapt through their cognition, policies, social networking and technology for food security.
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