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Climate change perception and impact of on-farm demonstration on intensity of adoption of adaptation strategies among smallholder farmers in South Africa

T.O. Ojo, A.A. Ogundeji and J.A. Belle

Technological Forecasting and Social Change, 2021, vol. 172, issue C

Abstract: Climate is one of the most important factors in agricultural productivity, which directly or indirectly influences productivity. It is, therefore, essential to understand the various strategies used by farmers to mitigate the adverse impacts of climate change (CC). Data was collected from 183 participants from nine (9) District Municipalities in four provinces of South Africa. A double-hurdle model was employed to estimate the factors influencing farmers’ perception of CC and adoption of adaptation strategies. A Poisson endogenous treatment (PET) model estimated the effect of on-farm demonstrations on climate change adoption strategies (CCAS). The result of the PET revealed that on-farm demonstrations increased the intensity of CCAS. The results, also indicated that soil and water conservation, migration, improved varieties were the most suited CCAS in South Africa. Thus, income from non-farm employment can be ploughed back into farm operations such as the adoption of soil and water conservation and use of improved planting varieties to mitigate climate variability and subsequently increase productivity. The study concluded that education attainment, non-farm employment, access to climate change information and on-farm training were significant incentives to enhance smallholder farmers' adaptive capacity by adopting various adaptation approaches.

Keywords: Climate change; Perception adaptation strategies; Double-hurdle; Poisson endogenous treatment effect models (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2021
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DOI: 10.1016/j.techfore.2021.121031

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