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Economics of critical moments – adaptation in agriculture in the Himalaya mountains and floodplains

  • 1 August, 2015
  • Wageningen University, Water Resource Management
  • prof. dr ir PJGJ Hellegers
  • dr ir C Siderius

Recurring natural hazards indicate that climate change is no longer a distant threat for Pakistan. Agro-ecological diversity demands diverse and site specific solutions for Pakistan. The key questions we intend to address are; when farming communities are most vulnerable, how often threshold levels are exceeded and how that affects the livelihood of farming communities across the production cycle. The concept of critical moment (CM) is introduced impact of climate change events occurring over crop production cycles. CMs are mapped over crop calendars through review of literature. Their impacts on farm income are estimated from field level data that also supports ongoing changes in practices due to CMs. Insight on local capacity describes community ability to respond to CMs. Cost effective analysis gives a comparative picture of alternate adaptations options under different climate scenarios. Knowledge generated would support efforts of R&D partners to promote site specific and community inclusive climate resilience.

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