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Climate 2019, 7(1), 7; https://doi.org/10.3390/cli7010007

Determinants of Farmers’ Decisions on Risk Coping Strategies in Rural West Java

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Graduate School of International Development (GSID), Nagoya University, Nagoya 464-8601, Japan
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National Development Planning Agency (Bappenas), the Republic of Indonesia, Directorate of Forestry and Water Resource Conservation, Jakarta 10310, Indonesia
Received: 7 December 2018 / Accepted: 2 January 2019 / Published: 5 January 2019
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Social-Ecological Systems, Climate and Global Change Impacts)
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The impact of natural hazards on agriculture in Indonesia is becoming increasingly severe. Therefore, improving farmers’ capacity to undertake risk coping strategies is essential to maintaining their prosperity. The objective of this study was to investigate the determinants of farmers’ decisions on ex ante and ex post coping strategies in rural West Java, Indonesia. The study was based on a field survey of 180 farmers conducted in the Garut district from July to October 2017. The study used the protection motivation theory framework and applied three econometric models: binomial logit model, zero truncated Poisson regression model, and multinomial logit model. Most farmers (74.4%) adopted ex ante coping strategies. They were characterized as having higher risk aversion per capita expenditure and disaster experience, but lower discount rates and percentage of damage and locations in downstream and midstream areas. Coping appraisal perceptions were found to be important factors in the risk coping analysis. Four determinants of the decision on the number of ex ante coping strategies adopted were: per capita expenditure, land size, disaster experience, and access to financial institutions. The most common ex post coping strategy adopted by farmers was the middle-stress type. View Full-Text
Keywords: ex ante and ex post coping strategies; farmer decisions; protection motivation theory; rural West Java ex ante and ex post coping strategies; farmer decisions; protection motivation theory; rural West Java
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