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Do Farmers Adapt to Climate Change? A Macro Perspective

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School of Social Sciences and Humanities, National University of Sciences and Technology, Islamabad 44000, Pakistan
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Department of Economics, Ca’ Foscari University of Venice, 30123 Venice, Italy
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Department of Economics, Loyola Andalusia University, 41704 Seville, Spain
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European Commission, Joint Research Centre, 41092 Seville, Spain
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Agriculture 2020, 10(6), 212; https://doi.org/10.3390/agriculture10060212
Received: 7 March 2020 / Revised: 14 April 2020 / Accepted: 21 April 2020 / Published: 9 June 2020
Greenhouse gas emissions cause climate change, and agriculture is the most vulnerable sector. Farmers do have some capability to adapt to changing weather and climate, but this capability is contingent on many factors, including geographical and socioeconomic conditions. Assessing the actual adaptation potential in the agricultural sector is therefore an empirical issue, to which this paper contributes by presenting a study examining the impacts of climate change on cereal yields in 55 developing and developed countries, using data from 1991 to 2015. The results indicate that cereal yields are affected in all regions by changes in temperature and precipitation, with significant differences in certain macro-regions in the world. In Southern Asia and Central Africa, farmers fail to adapt to climate change. The findings suggest that the world should focus more on enhancing adaptive capacity to moderate potential damage and on coping with the consequences of climate change. View Full-Text
Keywords: climate change; adaptations; cereal yields; emissions climate change; adaptations; cereal yields; emissions
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Alvi, S.; Jamil, F.; Roson, R.; Sartori, M. Do Farmers Adapt to Climate Change? A Macro Perspective. Agriculture 2020, 10, 212.

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