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The Impact of Climate Shocks on Seed Purchase Decisions in Malawi: Implications for Climate Change Adaptation

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  • Nordhagen, Stella
  • Pascual, Unai

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This paper addresses the relevance of agricultural seed systems in terms of the production and dissemination of seed in the context of adaptation to climate change. Using nationwide household level data from Malawi, we examine the hypothesis that climatic shocks increase small-scale farmers’ reliance on purchased seeds, in particular from local seed markets, an element of the informal seed sector. The results are used to discuss the role of seed systems for potentially supporting small-scale farmers’ adaptation mechanisms in the face of climate change in Malawi. This study has implications for other similar sub-Saharan African contexts.

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  • Nordhagen, Stella & Pascual, Unai, 2013. "The Impact of Climate Shocks on Seed Purchase Decisions in Malawi: Implications for Climate Change Adaptation," World Development, Elsevier, vol. 43(C), pages 238-251.
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:wdevel:v:43:y:2013:i:c:p:238-251
    DOI: 10.1016/j.worlddev.2012.08.002
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