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Do Farmers Adapt to Climate Change? A Macro Perspective

Shahzad Alvi (), Faisal Jamil (), Roberto Roson () and Martina Sartori ()
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Shahzad Alvi: School of Social Sciences and Humanities, National University of Sciences and Technology, Islamabad 44000, Pakistan
Martina Sartori: European Commission, Joint Research Centre, 41092 Seville, Spain

Agriculture, 2020, vol. 10, issue 6, 1-12

Abstract: Greenhouse gas emissions cause climate change, and agriculture is the most vulnerable sector. Farmers do have some capability to adapt to changing weather and climate, but this capability is contingent on many factors, including geographical and socioeconomic conditions. Assessing the actual adaptation potential in the agricultural sector is therefore an empirical issue, to which this paper contributes by presenting a study examining the impacts of climate change on cereal yields in 55 developing and developed countries, using data from 1991 to 2015. The results indicate that cereal yields are affected in all regions by changes in temperature and precipitation, with significant differences in certain macro-regions in the world. In Southern Asia and Central Africa, farmers fail to adapt to climate change. The findings suggest that the world should focus more on enhancing adaptive capacity to moderate potential damage and on coping with the consequences of climate change.

Keywords: climate change; adaptations; cereal yields; emissions (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: Q1 Q10 Q11 Q12 Q13 Q14 Q15 Q16 Q17 Q18 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2020
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