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Assessing the determinants of rice farmers' adaptation strategies to climate change in Bangladesh

Md. Abdur Rashid Sarker (Department of Economics, University of Rajshahi, Rajshahi, Bangladesh and School of Accounting, Economics and Finance, Faculty of Business and Law, University of Southern Queensland, Toowoomba, Australia)
Khorshed Alam (School of Accounting, Economics and Finance, Faculty of Business and Law, University of Southern Queensland, Toowoomba, Australia)
Jeff Gow (School of Accounting, Economics and Finance, Faculty of Business and Law, University of Southern Queensland, Toowoomba, Australia and Health Economics and HIV/AIDS Research Division (HEARD), University of KwaZulu-Natal, Durban, South Africa)

International Journal of Climate Change Strategies and Management

ISSN: 1756-8692

Article publication date: 4 November 2013

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Abstract

Purpose

This paper aims to examine rice farmers' selection of adaptation strategies to cope with and offset the effects of climate change and the determinants of those selections in Rajshahi, a severely drought-prone district of Bangladesh.

Design/methodology/approach

Farm-level micro data were obtained from 550 rice growers in the 2010-2011 farming season. A multinomial logit (MNL) model was utilised to assess the determinants of adaptation strategies practised by farmers in response to climate change.

Findings

Results from the MNL model indicate that gender, age, education of household heads, household assets, annual farm income, farm size, tenure status, farmer-to-farmer extension, access to credit, access to subsidy, and access to electricity, all affect farmers' selection of adaptation strategies for climate change.

Originality/value

This is the first study of its kind to analyse the determinants of adaptation strategies for climate change by farmers in drought-prone areas of Bangladesh. This study provides direction for policy makers in order to strengthen the adaptation strategies of farmers and guide policies accordingly. These strategies have the potential to minimise the adverse effects of climate change.

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Citation

Abdur Rashid Sarker, M., Alam, K. and Gow, J. (2013), "Assessing the determinants of rice farmers' adaptation strategies to climate change in Bangladesh", International Journal of Climate Change Strategies and Management, Vol. 5 No. 4, pp. 382-403. https://doi.org/10.1108/IJCCSM-06-2012-0033

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited

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