Adaptation barriers and strategies towards climate change

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Adaptation barriers and strategies towards climate change: Challenges in the agricultural sector

Muhammad Mehedi Masud a, b, i, *, Mohammad Nurul Azam c, d, Muhammad Mohiuddin e,

Hasanul Banna b, f, i, Rulia Akhtar g, A.S.A. Ferdous Alam h, i, Halima Begum j

a Department of Development Studies, Faculty of Economics and Administration, University of Malaya, 50603 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

b Centre for Poverty and Development Studies, Faculty of Economics and Administration, University of Malaya, 50603 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

c King Saud University, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

d Daffodil International University, Dhaka, Bangladesh

e School of Business and Economics, Thompson Rivers University, British Columbia V2C 0C8, Canada

f Department of Finance and Banking, Faculty of Business and Accountancy, University of Malaya, 50603 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

g Department of Economics, International Islamic University Malaysia, Malaysia

h School of International Studies, Universiti Utara Malaysia, Kedah, Malaysia

i Institute of Integrated Research Society of Bangladesh (IIRB), Bangladesh1

j Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities, National University of Malaysia, Selangor, Malaysia

 

Abstract

This paper explores farmers' perceptions of climate change vulnerability as well as the effects of so-cioeconomic factors and adaptation barriers on climate change adaptation practices in the Malaysian agricultural sector. To accomplish these aims, a multiple regression analysis was performed, and the severity index (SI) was estimated to measure perceived vulnerability context. The results revealed that age, education level, farm income, farm experience, limited access to agricultural extension, lack of credit facilities, limited access to agricultural markets, and farm size are factors which have significant impacts on adaptation practices. The value of the SI suggests that farmers have favourable attitudes towards climate change adaptation and they are agreeable to addressing climate change issues through appro- priate adaptation strategies. However, the study found several adaptation barriers that hinder farmers from implementing climate change adaptation policies. It is realized that at present, no specific policy in Malaysia seeks to counter the impacts of climate change on individual sectors and their productivity. Therefore, the findings of this study will assist policymakers to make an appropriate policy framework considering most suitable adaptation strategies to overcome all the barriers associated with adaptation practices to tackle the adverse effects of climate change in Malaysian agriculture sector.

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nomics and Administration, University of Malaya, 50603 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

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Journal of Cleaner Production

j o u r n a l h o m e p a g e : w w w . e l s e v i e r . c o m / l o c a t e / j c l e p r o

http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jclepro.2017.04.060

0959-6526/© 2017 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved. 

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