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Adapting to climate variability: the views of peasant farmers in Nepal
by Sudarshan Chalise; Tek Narayan Maraseni; Jerry Maroulis
International Journal of Global Warming (IJGW), Vol. 7, No. 3, 2015


Abstract: There are growing concerns, especially from farmers in rural mid-east Nepal, about main-streaming locally-led climate adaptation strategies. Using a bottom-up approach, we analysed the bio-physical and socio-economic impacts on Nepalese agriculture from three focus group discussions and a survey of 60 peasant farmers to identify the relevant climate change impacts which were used to investigate how farmers' practices overcome any climate-based barriers. The results suggest that farmers are partially able to minimise the impacts of climate-based barriers whereas they have difficulty in coping with non-climatic barriers. The results emphasise the role of government and other stakeholders in locally-led adaptation (not only in mitigation) as an avenue to combat the negative impacts of climate-based variability.

Online publication date: Wed, 13-May-2015


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