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Food Security and Adaptation Strategies to Climate Change in Eastern Ethiopia

Adugna Tafesse (), Gazahgne Ayele, Mengistu Ketema and Endrias Geta
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Adugna Tafesse: PhD, Dire Dawa University, Dire Dawa, Ethiopia
Gazahgne Ayele: Capacity Building Manager USAID-CIAFS, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
Mengistu Ketema: School of Agricultural Economics and Agribusiness, P.O. Box: 138, Haramaya University, Ethiopia
Endrias Geta: School of Agricultural Economics and Agribusiness, P.O. Box: 138, Haramaya University, Ethiopia

Authors registered in the RePEc Author Service: Mengistu Ketema Aredo

Business, Management and Economics Research, 2015, vol. 1, issue 3, 33-43

Abstract: Agricultural sector remains the main source of food and income for most rural communities in Ethiopia. Being dependent mainly on rainfall, this sector has been affected by climate change. Hence, employing adaptation strategies within the agricultural sector to climate change is vital to ensure food security and care for the livelihoods of farmers. Food security and adaptation are among the options to abate the negative impact of climate changes. This study has analyzed factors influencing the impact of climate change on food security and adaptation choices by farm households in eastern Ethiopia. The study used data obtained from 330 household heads randomly and proportionately sampled from two agroecologies in East Hararghe Zone of Oromiya Region and Dire Dawa Administration, Ethiopia. The study used a univariate profit model and multinomial logistic regression model to identify factors affecting food security and the choice of adaptation strategies to climate change. As food security indicator, calorie intake per adult equivalent per day was considered for adaptation strategies; changing planting date, irrigation water use, soil and water conservation, and crop variety selection were considered. The result indicated that farmers in the study area are vulnerable to climate change and the factors determining the choice of climate adaptation options were determined by sex of household head, family size, education status of household head, Agroecology, distance to market, cultivated land, credit access, decreasing precipitation and change of temperature. Policy thrust should focus on linking farmers to fertilizer usage, credit access and social participation as well as in creating awareness of climate change.

Keywords: Food security; Climate change; Adaptation strategies; Univariate probit; Multinomial logit. (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2015
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