Farmers’ adaptation behaviour to climate change: The case of central Colombia
Justus-Liebig-University Gießen, Intern. PhD Program for Agricultural Economics, Bioeconomy and Sustainable Food Systems, Germany
Some of the effects of climate change on the agricultural sector include changes in weather patterns, changes in land suitable for specific crops, water availability as well as changes in yields, among others. The literature on farmer adaptive behaviour has been increasing in recent years; however, this area has been little studied in Latin American countries. To fill this knowledge gap, twelve villages were visited in the central region of Colombia; In four out of these 12 villages three or more landslides had occurred, in four other villages two or more droughts had been experienced, and in the last four neither of these two climatic emergencies had occurred. A total of 360 farmers were visited and a lab-in-the-field was conducted. Simulating a radio broadcast, half of the farmers received information about climate change, how it affects the agricultural sector, and what is forecast for this region. Based on the protection motivation theory, farmers' perceptions of their vulnerability, the severity of climate change, and the costs of adaptation were measured, as well as their psychological distance.
Keywords: Adaptation behaviour, climate change, Colombia, farmers
Contact Address: Alexander Cano, Justus-Liebig-University Gießen, Intern. PhD Program for Agricultural Economics, Bioeconomy and Sustainable Food Systems, Max-Reger-Straße 1, 35392 Gießen, Germany, e-mail: alexander.canoagrar.uni-giessen.de