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Understanding the Resilience of Different Farming Strategies in Coping with Geo-Hazards: A Case Study in Chongqing, China

by Li Peng 1,2, Jing Tan 3,*, Wei Deng 1,4 and Ying Liu 1,2
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College of Geography and Resources, Sichuan Normal University, Chengdu 610101, China
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Key Laboratory of Land Resources Evaluation and Monitoring in Southwest, Ministry of Education, Sichuan Normal University, Chengdu 610101, China
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China Western Economic Research Center, Southwestern University of Finance and Economics, Chengdu 610074, China
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Institute of Mountain Hazards and Environment, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Chengdu 610041, China
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Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2020, 17(4), 1226; https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph17041226
Received: 29 December 2019 / Revised: 8 February 2020 / Accepted: 11 February 2020 / Published: 14 February 2020
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Managing Disaster Risk in a Changing World)
Adjusting farming strategies are adaptive behaviors to cope with hazard risks. However, few studies have studied rural and remote mountain areas in China with little known about “farmers’ adaptation under the impact of geo-hazards”. Unlike traditional farmers’ behavioral adaptation studies, in this study, we focused on the resilience of farmers’ behavioral mechanisms to address local hazards such as geo-hazards. Our data were acquired through questionnaire responses (N = 516) in mountainous hazard-prone areas in Chongqing, China. The binary logit model and multinomial logit model were used to investigate the obstacles to different farming strategies and the determinants of adaptation strategy choice, focusing on the effects of disaster experience and social support on the adaptation strategy resilience. The results show that the most common adaptation strategy was adjusting crop varieties, and the largest adaptation obstacle was a lack of funds. Additionally, the age of the smallholder, farming acreage, agricultural income, social support, and disaster experience significantly increased the possibility of farmers adjusting their agricultural production. Of these, smallholder agricultural income, state disaster subsidy, the presence of disaster prevention construction, the smallholder’s property, and the presence of disaster-caused crop loss experience were the most important factors affecting a farmer’s adaptation strategy. In particular, farmers were more sensitive to disaster-caused property loss than to disaster-caused crop loss. This study can provide implications for the government to formulate disaster mitigation measures and for farming strategies at the smallholder level. View Full-Text
Keywords: geo-hazards; farming strategies; adaptability; Chongqing; China geo-hazards; farming strategies; adaptability; Chongqing; China
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Peng, L.; Tan, J.; Deng, W.; Liu, Y. Understanding the Resilience of Different Farming Strategies in Coping with Geo-Hazards: A Case Study in Chongqing, China. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2020, 17, 1226.

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