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Sustainability 2016, 8(8), 806; doi:10.3390/su8080806

Farmers’ Risk Perception towards Climate Change: A Case of the GAP-Şanlıurfa Region, Turkey

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Department of Agricultural Economics, Agricultural Faculty, Harran University, 63300 Şanlıurfa, Turkey
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Department of Civil Engineering, Engineering Faculty, Harran University, 63300 Şanlıurfa, Turkey
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Received: 13 April 2016 / Revised: 4 August 2016 / Accepted: 11 August 2016 / Published: 15 August 2016
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Abstract

The purpose of this research is to evaluate farmers’ risk perception towards climate change in dry farming areas of the Şanlıurfa province in Southeastern Anatolia Project (GAP) Region, Turkey, and their willingness to pay for adaptation practices and explore the potential factors that contribute to the understanding of climate change. The main material of this research comes from a sample of 466 farmers among 32,809 in Şanlıurfa who were chosen via a simple random sampling method. Sampling was conducted in 2014 and participants were interviewed face to face by questionnaires and local interviewers were used in order to maximize the reliability of the results. The logistic regression and fit tests were used for analysis. The results indicate that 53% of farmers have a risk perception about climate change and 62% of farmers accept paying for adaptation practices to reduce its potential effects. Explanatory affecting factors, such as age, agricultural income, amount of land owned, farming experience, agricultural credit usage, household numbers, non-agricultural manpower, education level and water perception, significantly explained the risk perceptions. This study is one of the first of its type in GAP-Şanlıurfa, Turkey. Therefore, the results could be helpful for decision- and policy-makers to develop adaptive strategies. View Full-Text
Keywords: climate change; risk perception; willingness to pay; GAP-Şanlıurfa; Turkey climate change; risk perception; willingness to pay; GAP-Şanlıurfa; Turkey
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Aydogdu, M.H.; Yenigün, K. Farmers’ Risk Perception towards Climate Change: A Case of the GAP-Şanlıurfa Region, Turkey. Sustainability 2016, 8, 806.

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