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South African National Climate Change Response Policy Sensitization: An Assessment of Smallholder Farmers in Amathole District Municipality, Eastern Cape Province

Department. of Agricultural Economics and Extension, University of Fort Hare, Alice 5700, South Africa
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Sustainability 2020, 12(7), 2616; https://doi.org/10.3390/su12072616 (registering DOI)
Received: 9 December 2019 / Revised: 3 January 2020 / Accepted: 5 January 2020 / Published: 26 March 2020
The South African National Climate Change Response Policy (NCCRP) was instituted in October 2011. Amongst the policy’s priorities is building capacity and resilience in the country’s agricultural sector, with the public agricultural extension system being a principal component for climate change sensitization, education, and capacity building. This study, therefore, investigated the level of the policy awareness amongst smallholder farmers in the study area and the sensitization and response implementation. A multistage sampling procedure was used in the selection of the study population, with a cross-sectional household survey conducted using semi-structured questionnaires. Findings revealed that there was an extremely low awareness of the policy, and a dearth of sensitization campaigns and capacity-building training by extension officers in the study area. The practical and policy implications outlined could aid an increase in the resilience of farmers, with support from extension advisers and other relevant stakeholders.
Keywords: response policy; extension; sensitization; capacity buildings response policy; extension; sensitization; capacity buildings
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Popoola, O.O.; Yusuf, S.F.G.; Monde, N. South African National Climate Change Response Policy Sensitization: An Assessment of Smallholder Farmers in Amathole District Municipality, Eastern Cape Province. Sustainability 2020, 12, 2616.

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