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Rural Households in a Changing Climate

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  • Baez, Javier E.

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    (World Bank)

  • Kronick, Dorothy

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    (World Bank)

  • Mason, Andrew D.

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    (World Bank)

Abstract

This paper argues that climate change poses two distinct, if related, sets of challenges for poor rural households: challenges related to the increasing frequency and severity of weather shocks and challenges related to long-term shifts in temperature, rainfall patterns, water availability, and other environmental factors. Within this framework, we examine evidence from existing empirical literature to compose an initial picture of household-level strategies for adapting to climate change in rural settings. We find that although households possess numerous strategies for managing climate shocks and shifts, their adaptive capacity is insufficient for the task of maintaining – let alone improving – household welfare. We describe the role of public policy in fortifying the ability of rural households to adapt to a changing climate.

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Paper provided by Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA) in its series IZA Discussion Papers with number 6872.

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Length: 25 pages
Date of creation: Sep 2012
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Publication status: published in: World Bank Research Observer, 2013, 28 (2)
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Keywords: risk-coping mechanisms; adaptation; rural households; climate change; long-term effects;

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