Farmers behaviour on mitigation and adaptation to climate change: A case study in Kenya.

García de Jalón, Silvestre and Iglesias Picazo, Ana and Barnes, Andrew (2013). Farmers behaviour on mitigation and adaptation to climate change: A case study in Kenya.. In: "SURC: Sustainable Intensification: The pathway to low carbon farming?", 25/09/2014 - 27/09/2014, Edimburgh. pp. 56-59.

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Title: Farmers behaviour on mitigation and adaptation to climate change: A case study in Kenya.
Author/s:
  • García de Jalón, Silvestre
  • Iglesias Picazo, Ana
  • Barnes, Andrew
Item Type: Presentation at Congress or Conference (Article)
Event Title: SURC: Sustainable Intensification: The pathway to low carbon farming?
Event Dates: 25/09/2014 - 27/09/2014
Event Location: Edimburgh
Title of Book: Book of Conference Proceedings: Sustainable Intensification: The pathway to low carbon farming?
Date: 2013
Subjects:
Faculty: E.T.S.I. Agrónomos (UPM) [antigua denominación]
Department: Economía Agraria, Estadística y Gestión de Empresas
Creative Commons Licenses: Recognition - No derivative works - Non commercial

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Abstract

Farmers in Africa are facing climate change and challenging rural livelihoods while maintaining agricultural systems that are not resilient. By 2050 the mean estimates of production of key staple crops in Africa such as maize, sorghum, millet, groundnut, and cassava are expected to decrease by between 8 and 22 percent (Schlenker and Lobell 2010). In Kenya, although projections of rainfall do not show dramatic decreases, the distribution of impacts is clearly negative for most crops. As increases in temperature will lead to increases in evapotranspiration, a potential increase in rainfall in Kenya may not offset the expected increases in agricultural water needs (Herrero et al. 2010). In order to respond to these present and future challenges, potential mitigation and adaptation options have been developed. However, implementation is not evident. In addition to their benefits in either mitigating or reducing the vulnerability of climate change effects, many of these options do not have economic costs and even provide economic benefits (e.g. savings in the consumption of energy or natural resources). Nevertheless, it is demonstrated that even when there are no biophysical, technological or economic constraints and despite their potential benefits from either the economic or environmental climate change point of view, not all farmers are willing to adopt these measures. This reflects the key role that behavioural barriers can play in the uptake of mitigation and adaptation measures.

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Item ID: 31114
DC Identifier: http://oa.upm.es/31114/
OAI Identifier: oai:oa.upm.es:31114
Official URL: http://www.sruc.ac.uk/
Deposited by: Memoria Investigacion
Deposited on: 09 Oct 2014 17:00
Last Modified: 21 Jun 2016 08:21
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