Climate Change and Agrarian Adaptation in the Global South

Type: Paper
Sponsor Groups: Rural Geography Specialty Group
Poster #:
Day: 4/11/2018
Start / End Time: 8:00 AM / 9:40 AM (Eastern Standard Time)
Room: Galvez, , Marriott, 5th Floor
Organizers: Hogeun Park, Carolina Gueiros, Udita Sanga
Chairs: Hogeun Park


The frequency and severity of climate change-related events continue to pose new and cumulative livelihood risks for rural populations in the global South. Individuals, households, and communities are differently vulnerable to food, water, health, and economic insecurity, in part, from how environmental exposures manifest harm through complex structural and relational social dynamics. The purpose of adaptation policies and programs is to enable people to cope with adverse climate effects, and mutual learning and knowledge transfer among impacted communities could be the keys to effective pro-adaptation behavior. Though the impacts of global climate change on farming systems has received substantial attention, researchers and policy-makers can benefit from a stronger focus on understanding the social, institutional, and behavioral processes through which agriculturalists in the global South engage in adaptation.
In this session, we bring together researchers for the broader purpose of advancing our understanding of the relationships between climate change and agrarian adaptation in the global South. We invite scholars from various disciplinary backgrounds, who can offer diverse analytical and methodological perspectives on this topic. We welcome case studies and analyses from all geographic areas in the global South (such as Latin America, Africa, South and South-East Asia). We also welcome studies focusing on the policy implications of agrarian adaptation for nations in the Global South.

The session is organized by a SESYNC Graduate Research Fellows team:
Udita Sanga, Michigan State University
Sameer H. Shah, University of British Columbia
Courtney Hammond Wagner, University of Vermont
Lia Helena Demange, University of São Paulo
Hogeun Park, Michigan State University
Carolina Gueiros, University of Oxford

The detailed team information is available via the attached link:


Type Details Minutes Start Time
Presenter Lauren Wustenberg*, McGill University, Oliver Coomes, McGill University, Dynamic adaptation of peasant agriculture to environmental variability in the Peruvian Amazon 20 8:00 AM
Presenter Loïc Brüning*, University of Neuchâtel, Exploring the migration-adaptation nexus in a context of coastal erosion. Case study in a rural locality in Senegal 20 8:20 AM
Presenter Akemi Inamoto*, Syracuse University, Embodied Experiences of Climate Change: Gendered Perceptions and Differentiated Adaptations Among Rice Farmers in Tolima, Colombia 20 8:40 AM
Presenter Upendra Bom*, Texas State University - San Marcos, Understanding the Impacts of Climate Change and Adaptation Strategies in Himalayan Agriculture: A Case Study of Lower Mustang, Nepal. 20 9:00 AM
Discussant Carolina Gueiros 10 9:20 AM
Discussant Udita Sanga Michigan State University 10 9:30 AM

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