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IJESD 2016 Vol.7(9): 687-692 ISSN: 2010-0264
doi: 10.18178/ijesd.2016.7.9.863

Determinants of Rural Farmers’ Adoption of Climate Change Adaptation Strategies: Evidence from the Amathole District Municipality, Eastern Cape Province, South Africa

A. Taruvinga, M. Visser, and L. Zhou
Abstract—There is consensus that rural farmers’ livelihoods are vulnerable to climate change. Also, literature suggests that locally driven adaptations are critical complementary strategies that can be targeted to reduce the negative effects of climate change in the short-run. Thus far, through using a cross sectional survey sample of 200 rural farmers from the Amathole district municipality of the Eastern Cape Province of South Africa, the paper estimated farmers’ climate change adaptation strategies, adaptation portfolio diversity and factors that condition farmers’ adoption behavior. The results reveal several crop, livestock and non-farm based adaptation strategies skewed in favour of crop and non-farm floral based techniques. The results further indicate that rural farmers in general are low adopters of climate change adaptation strategies with poor adaptation portfolio diversity. Regression estimates reveal several socio-economic and institutional factors as drivers of adoption and adaptation portfolio diversity worth targeting to promote the ability of rural farmers to cope with climate change.

Index Terms—Climate change, adaptation strategies.

A. Taruvinga is with the Department of Agricultural Economics and Extension, University of Fort Hare, Bag X1314, Alice 5700, South Africa (e-mail: ataruvinga@ufh.ac.za).
M. Visser is with the School of Economics, University of Cape Town, Private Bag X3, Rondebosch, Cape Town, 7701, South Africa (e-mail: martine.visser@uct.ac.za).
L. Zhou is with the Risk and Vulnerability Science Centre, Climatic Change/Action, Food and Water Security, University of Fort Hare, Bag X1314, Alice 5700, South Africa (e-mail: lzhou@ufh.ac.za).

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Cite: A. Taruvinga, M. Visser, and L. Zhou, "Determinants of Rural Farmers’ Adoption of Climate Change Adaptation Strategies: Evidence from the Amathole District Municipality, Eastern Cape Province, South Africa," International Journal of Environmental Science and Development vol. 7, no. 9, pp. 687-692, 2016.

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