Missouri Farmers' Perception of Climate Change, Adaptation Strategies and the Adoption and Diffusion of Market-Oriented Risk Management Strategies

Authors: Abigail Aderonmu*, University of Missouri-Kansas City
Topics: Climatology and Meteorology, Agricultural Geography, Human-Environment Geography
Keywords: Climate Change, Adaptation, Agriculture, Risk Management,Food Security
Session Type: Poster
Day: 4/13/2018
Start / End Time: 10:00 AM / 11:40 AM
Room: Napoleon Foyer/Common St. Corridor, Sheraton, 3rd Floor
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Agriculture is clearly one of most vulnerable sectors to changing climate, including fluctuations in temperature and precipitation. Over time, farmers in the US have used various adaptation strategies to cope with the adverse impacts of climate extremes such as droughts and floods. However, various studies show that with the projected increase in frequency and intensity of extreme weather events more effort will need to be placed on strengthening current adaptation strategies and developing new ones. In this study, to assess farmers’ resilience, we survey 1380 farmers in Missouri and examine their perception of climate change and its influence on their risk management strategies in their farm operations. We also investigate the adoption and diffusion of market-oriented risk management tools.

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