Adaptation in Agriculture

Authored by: Doan Nainggolan , Mette Termansen , Marianne Zandersen

Routledge Handbook of the Economics of Climate Change Adaptation

Print publication date:  January  2014
Online publication date:  January  2014

Print ISBN: 9780415633116
eBook ISBN: 9780203095201
Adobe ISBN: 9781136212123


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The importance of agricultural production to supply food and fibers for humanity at different spatial and temporal scales cannot be emphasized enough with the view of expected population growth and increasing per-capita demand (e.g., Tubiello et al., 2007; Howden et al., 2007). Agricultural production has been shaped by a wide array of factors ranging from socioeconomic to biophysical and climatic conditions. As a result, climate change unavoidably has important consequences on agricultural production (e.g., Schlenker and Roberts, 2009). Climate change presents both physical and socioeconomic impacts on agriculture (FAO, 2007). Numerous studies to model the impacts of climate change on agriculture have been undertaken covering various spatial extents from global to regional to specific countries (e.g., Adams et al., 1990; Rosenzweig and Parry, 1994; Reilly et al., 2003; Fischer et al., 2005; Piao et al., 2010). These studies have concluded large spatial disparities of impacts. In addition, the role of adaptation in determining the ultimate impacts of climate change on agriculture has been increasingly acknowledged (e.g., Rosenberg, 1992; Easterling, 1996; Mendelsohn and Dinar, 1999; Bryant et al., 2000; Burton and Lim, 2005; Howden et al., 2007).

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