Handbook on Climate Change and Agriculture
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Handbook on Climate Change and Agriculture

Edited by Ariel Dinar and Robert Mendelsohn

This book explores the interaction between climate change and the agriculture sector. Agriculture is essential to the livelihood of people and nations, especially in the developing world; therefore, any impact on it will have significant economic, social, and political ramifications. Scholars from around the world and from various fields have been brought together to explore this important topic.
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Chapter 21: Climate Change, Drought and Agriculture: The Role of Effective Institutions and Infrastructure

R. Maria Saleth, Ariel Dinar and J. Aapris Frisbie


R. Maria Saleth, Ariel Dinar and J. Aapris Frisbie INTRODUCTION Agriculture is an important source of income and livelihood in many developed and developing countries, and is one of the most vulnerable sectors to climate change. Available evidence suggests that agriculture in many developing countries as well as in several developed countries will be affected by severe negative impacts of climate change. Research studies undertaken so far have focused on the adaptation capacity of the sector, demonstrating how appropriate adaptation strategies can minimize the negative impacts. An implicit assumption of this thesis is that appropriate institutions and infrastructures are in place and they are also very effective in underpinning the necessary adaptation options and strategies. However, this proposition has to be rigorously evaluated. This chapter will develop an analytical framework and methodology that can be used for evaluating the critical linkages between the success of adaptation options and strategies, and the effectiveness of their underlying institutions and infrastructures. The candidate institutions and infrastructures considered here cover some of the major agricultural, market, and water institutions and infrastructures. The methodological focus will be on both the individual and joint impact of these multiple institutions and infrastructures on the effectiveness of different climate change adaptation options and strategies. Following this theoretical exploration and considering drought as a case of climate change, anecdotal evidences will be provided from the literature for the role of institutions and infrastructures in supporting various adaptation strategies, including different agriculture and water management technologies and options. OBJECTIVE AND...

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