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Tackling everyday risks through climate adaptive organic farming

Hepi Rahmawati (Yakkum Emergency Unit, Sleman, Indonesia)
Anastasia Maylinda Titi Lestari (Department of Information and Communication, Yakkum Emergency Unit, Sleman, Indonesia)

Disaster Prevention and Management

ISSN: 0965-3562

Article publication date: 10 August 2018

Issue publication date: 22 January 2019




With the shifting patterns of rain and dry periods as a result of global climate change, the people of Gunungkidul have to deal with extreme conditions, such as crop failure, ponds and artificial lakes drying up at an alarming rate due to high evaporation. The paper aims to discuss these issues.


Participatory disaster and risks assessment and action planning were carried out to identify how communities perceive risks and identify priorities of actions. Farmers agreed to implement climate adaptive farming which combines organic farming, biological pest control and drought-resistant seedlings from local varieties.


The processes to adaptation required collective actions, paradigm shift and it also constitutes trial and error processes. Acceptance to innovation is mostly one of the major challenges. Working with “contact” farmers and “advance” farmers is the key to the community organizing strategy for innovation and adaptation.

Research limitations/implications

This case study is limited to the adaptation program funded by Indonesia Climate Change Trust Fund in four farmer groups in Purwosari Sub-District, GunungKidul district and Yogyakarta province, Indonesia.

Practical implications

Trainings and direct assistance to climate adaptive farming have benefitted the farmers that they are able to increase the farming production and reduce the risk of crop failure.

Social implications

The demonstration plot has strengthened farmer groups’ social modalities by working together to shift from traditional into adaptive farming.


This case study described how farmers have shifted from traditional practice into climate adaptive farming.



This case study is based on YEU’s adaptation program funded by ICCTF.


Rahmawati, H. and Lestari, A.M.T. (2019), "Tackling everyday risks through climate adaptive organic farming", Disaster Prevention and Management, Vol. 28 No. 1, pp. 60-68.



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