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Climate change is now widely regarded as one of the most serious challenges the world faces, and adapting to it is an urgent requirement for countries across the world. The less developed countries of the Asia and Pacific region, despite contributing the least to the emission of greenhouse gases, are the most vulnerable to the effects of climate change.
Climate Change in Asia and the Pacific: How Can Countries Adapt compiles policies and best practices on climate change adaptation, emphasizing the fact that the Asia and Pacific region needs immediate measures—both structural and nonstructural—in order to adapt to climate change. The discussions elaborate on issues related to water resources, agriculture, and natural resources management, which are some of the most vital sectors for the region from environmental, social, and economic perspectives.
Although the policies and measures discussed in the book are specific to the Asia and Pacific region, the key findings will be relevant to other regions as well; for example, Africa and Latin America. Policymakers and researchers involved in the study of climate change adaptation will find this volume of great interest.
Chapter 21: Economic Analysis of Climate Change Impacts on Agriculture at Farm Level
Economic Analysis of Climate Change Impacts on Agriculture at Farm Level
Climate change has a multidimensional effect on human activities. Of these, agriculture is prone to be the most affected because the very important input variables, that is, precipitation and temperature, are mainly climate related. It puts agriculture at great risk. If population growth remains high and economic growth in the developing world is low, the impacts of climate change will add to the number of undernourished people in the world (IIASA 2002). Since agriculture continues to be the main sector of economy in many countries, it is important to study the economic impact of climate change on agriculture. ...