Is South Asian Agriculture Adapting to Climate Change? Evidence from the Indo-Gangetic Plains

Hemant R. Ojha, Rasheed Sulaiman V, Parvin Sultana, Khemraj Dahal, Dhanej Thapa, Nimisha Mittal, Paul Thompson, Gopal Dutt Bhatta, Laxman Ghimire, Pramod Aggarwal

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Abstract

Despite growing scientific consensus that agriculture is affected by climate change and variability, there is still limited knowledge on how agricultural systems respond to climate risks under different circumstances. Drawing on three case studies conducted in the Indo-Gangetic Plains, covering Nepal, Bangladesh, and the Indian state of Punjab, this article analyzes agricultural adaptation practices to climate change. In particular, we examine how farmers and other agricultural actors understand and respond to climate change. We identify a variety of adaptation practices related to changes in cropping system, technological innovations, and institutional changes. We also explore key challenges related to such emerging adaptive innovation processes in the region.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)505-531
Number of pages27
JournalAgroecology and Sustainable Food Systems
Volume38
Issue number5
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - May 2014
Externally publishedYes

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