The New Face of Agriculture in Southern California: Ventura County Famers’ Adaptation to Climate Change

Authors: Segnide J. Guidimadjegbe*, Student
Topics: Agricultural Geography, Human-Environment Geography, Land Use
Keywords: Adaptation practices, Climate change, Farming, Sustainable agriculture
Session Type: Paper
Day: 4/7/2020
Start / End Time: 11:50 AM / 1:05 PM
Room: Governors Square 9, Sheraton, Concourse Level
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The increasing population depends on the efficacy of agriculture to respond to their nutritional needs. However, in the actual changing climate and extreme weather events, it is necessary that farmers rethink their agricultural practices. On the other hand, the society has a shared belief that agriculture represents one of the principal sources of climate change. The mitigation of that climatic condition is, therefore, associated with efficient farming management practices. Hence, it is primordial to identify adaptation measures farmers are implementing. This study aims to investigate the challenges climate change has imposed on Southern California agriculture and the various measures these farmers have adopted to counter them efficiently. This study also is meant to scrutinize those measures and look for any governmental imprints on them.

Based on ethnographic methods, I collected farmers’ perceptions of climate change and its influences on their productions. This method also allowed the assessment of farmers’ adaptation processes and their sentiments on its efficacy. Quantitative data collected permitted to assess crops productions yields and any correlation with weather fluctuations in the region.

The results unveiled that climate change does participate in losses in crop production yields in Southern California. Farmers are conscientious about that correlation and are implementing various adaptation strategies as responses, either based on their own experiences and or governmental initiatives. The findings did suggest that those adaptative measures contain some imperfections and that governments and farmers need to collaborate further to elaborate efficient adequate management practices to foster sustainable agriculture.

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