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Type: Journal article
Title: Farmers' assessments of private adaptive measures to climate change and influential factors: a study in the Mekong Delta, Vietnam
Author: Le Dang, H.
Li, E.
Nuberg, I.
Bruwer, J.
Citation: Natural Hazards, 2014; 71(1):385-401
Publisher: Springer
Issue Date: 2014
ISSN: 0921-030X
1573-0840
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Hoa Le Dang, Elton Li, Ian Nuberg, Johan Bruwer
Abstract: Adaptation to climate change in agricultural settings depends on understanding farmers’ perceptions of the nature of climate change, their agency in adapting and the efficacy of adaptive measures themselves. Such knowledge can improve mitigation and adaptation strategies. This study addresses the limited understanding of how farmers appraise their private adaptive measures and influential factors. It uses data from structured interviews with 598 rice farmers in the Mekong Delta, Vietnam. Based on protection motivation theory, farmers’ assessments of private adaptive measures were measured by perceived self-efficacy, perceived adaptation efficacy and perceived adaptation cost. Multiple regressions were used to understand significant factors affecting those assessments. Some demographic and socio-economic factors, belief in climate change, information and objective resources were found to influence farmers’ adaptation assessments. It is shown that the sources and quality of information are particularly important. The improvement of both the accessibility and usefulness of local services (e.g. irrigation, agricultural extension, credit and health care) is deemed a necessity for successful adaptation strategies in the Mekong Delta. The paper also shows the application of PMT in measuring farmers’ appraisals of private adaptive measures to climate change, thereby opening this area for further research.
Keywords: Adaptation; adaptive measure; climate change; farmers; protection motivation theory; Vietnam
Rights: © Springer Science+Business Media Dordrecht 2013
RMID: 0030018454
DOI: 10.1007/s11069-013-0931-4
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