Climate Changes and Their Impact on Agricultural Market Systems: Examples from Nepal
AbstractGlobal climate models foresee changes in temperature and precipitation regimes that shift regional climate zones and influence the viability of agricultural market systems. Understanding the influence of climate change on the different sub-sectors and functions of a market system is crucial to increasing the systems’ climate resilience and to ensuring the long-term viability of the sectors. Our research applies a new approach to climate change analysis to better understand the influence of climate change on each step of an agricultural market system—on its core (processing units, storage facilities and sales) and support functions (sapling supply, research, insurance and agricultural policy). We use spatial climate analyses to investigate current and projected changes in climate for different regions in Nepal. We then analyse the risks and vulnerabilities of the sub-sectors banana, charcoal, coffee, macadamia, orange, vegetables and walnut. Our results show that temperatures and precipitation levels will change differently depending on the climatic regions, and that climate change elicits different responses from the market functions both between and within each of the different sub-sectors. We conclude that climate-related interventions in market systems must account for each different market function’s specific response and exposure to climate change, in order to select adaptation measures that ensure long-term climate resilience. View Full-Text
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Barrueto, A.K.; Merz, J.; Clot, N.; Hammer, T. Climate Changes and Their Impact on Agricultural Market Systems: Examples from Nepal. Sustainability 2017, 9, 2207.
Barrueto AK, Merz J, Clot N, Hammer T. Climate Changes and Their Impact on Agricultural Market Systems: Examples from Nepal. Sustainability. 2017; 9(12):2207.Chicago/Turabian Style
Barrueto, Andrea K.; Merz, Juerg; Clot, Nicole; Hammer, Thomas. 2017. "Climate Changes and Their Impact on Agricultural Market Systems: Examples from Nepal." Sustainability 9, no. 12: 2207.
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