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Global Journal of Agricultural Economics and Econometrics

ISSN: 2408-5499 Vol. 4 (6), pp. 268-275, June, 2016.

 

Full Length Research Paper

 

Farmer adaptation strategies to climate change in Southern Africa

 

Arnold F. Great*, John David-West and Micheal Dave

 

Accepted 10 May, 2016

The study examines farmer adaptation strategies to climate change in Southern Africa based on a cross-section database of three countries (South Africa, Zambia and Zimbabwe). A multivariate discrete choice model was used to analyse the determinants of farm-level adaptation strategies. Results confirm that access to credit, free extension services, awareness of climate change are critical determinants of farm-level adaptation options. Policies aimed at easing identified key limits to farmers’ capacity to adapt to climate change need to emphasize the critical role of: extension services; provision of improved climate, production and market information as well as the means to implement adaptation through affordable credit and insurance against climate risks (safety nets).

Key words: Climate change, farm-level adaptation, Southern Africa.