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Agricultural Adaptation to Climate Change

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This book deals with one of the major challenges facing human society and its governments, climate change and variability. The principal objective of the book is to explore how agricultural production through the actions primarily of farmers, including peasant farmers, adapt to these changing circumstances, what the limitations of adaptation are, how the process of adaptation varies between different territories (e.g. developed countries versus developing countries), and what are or can be the most effective roles for actors other than the farmers, including different levels of government and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) such as professional associations of farmers and community organizations.The principal argument is threefold: 1) while there are significant differences between territories and countries in terms of the capacity of farmers (and the other actors) to engage in capacity building to be able to adapt effectively to climate change and variability, 2) the critical roles are those played out by the farmers themselves, but that 3) other actors can play an important role in accompanying farmers in their adaptation process, providing relevant and strategic information, counseling them and facilitating networking and meetings when appropriate. This effectively means that without engaging in the local adaptation processes governments can really only play effective roles by working with other actors at the local and regional levels. When it occurs, it can be very effective, but when it does not, farmers are left to their own devices (and even then, many are able to use their own creativity and local knowledge to survive and continue to develop).Essentially therefore, the secondary argument that is followed throughout the book is that adaptation is essentially a social process that requires an understanding of social processes and dynamics in each farming community and territory. It involves an understanding, for instance, of information diffusion processes in the different farming communities and territories, which provides a set of tools to promote and facilitate the adoption process in the context of adaptation to climate change and variability.

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Titel: Agricultural Adaptation to Climate Change
Autoren/Herausgeber: Christopher R. Bryant, Mamadou A. Sarr, Kénel Délusca (Hrsg.)
Ausgabe: 1st ed. 2016

ISBN/EAN: 9783319313900

Seitenzahl: 234
Format: 23,5 x 15,5 cm
Produktform: Hardcover/Gebunden
Gewicht: 550 g
Sprache: Englisch

Christopher Bryant received his doctorate in 1970 at
the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE), London. He was
progressively Assistant, Associate and Full Professor in Geography at the
University of Waterloo (1970 à 1990), then Full Professor  in Geography the Université de Montréal (1990
à 2014), and is now Adjunct Profesor in Geography at the Université de Montréal
and also in the School of Environmental Design and Rural Planning, University
of Guelph. He is one of the international leaders in research on
urban/periurban agricultures (Canada, Western Europe and elsewhere, and he is
also a recognized leader in the domain of adaptation of human activities (and
especially agriculture) to climate change and variability, in local and
community development, and in the strategic planning for local and regional
development for and by citizens.
Mamadou Adama Sarr received his PhD from the Université Jean
Moulin Lyon III, France. His current affiliation is as a Researcher with the Centre
de Suivi Écologique, Dakar, Senegal. He was also a post-doctoral Fellow in the
Laboratory of Sustainable Development and Territorial Dynamics, Geography at
the Université de Montréal. His research interests are in climatology, climate
Change, regional climate modeling, climate variability and extreme, Geographic
Information Systems and Socio-Ecological Systems.
Kénel Delusca holds a Ph.D in geography from the Université de Montréal. He
is currently Adjunct Professor with the Institut des Technologies et des Études
Avancées d'Haïti (ISTEAH). His research interests are: climate change
vulnerability assessment, high-resolution climate scenario elaboration, crop
modeling, climate change policy, environmental evaluation, and multi criteria
analysis.

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