Climate Change Adaptation: The case of the Coffee Sector in Nicaragua

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July 2015
Paper author(s): 
Victor Zuluaga
Ricardo Labarta
Peter Läderach
Topic: 
Agricultural - Natural Resource Economics
Environmental Economics
Year: 
2015

This article studies Nicaraguan coffee growers’ perceptions on long term changes in climate, the adaptation strategies implemented and its determinants. Using a household level sample, this study estimates probabilistic models where climate change adaptation is explained by household and farm characteristics, perceptions about changes in climate, measurement of exposure to climate change and geographical fixed effects. Results suggest that household age and years of education, number of household members, level of wealth, having received technical assistance, participation in farmer groups, off farm work, perceptions about changes in climate and exposure to climate change, affect the coffee growers’ decision to adapt to climate change. However, the magnitude and significance of the effect of these explanatory variables varies across adaptation strategies. 

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