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Changing farm types and irrigation as an adaptation to climate change in Latin American agriculture, Volume 1
 
Author:Mendelsohn, Robert; Seo, Niggol; Country:Latin America;
Date Stored:2007/03/06Document Date:2007/03/01
Document Type:Policy Research Working PaperSubTopics:Climate Change and Environment; Crops and Crop Management Systems; Livestock and Animal Husbandry; Agriculture and Farming Systems; Rural Development Knowledge & Information Systems
Language:EnglishRegion:Latin America & Caribbean
Report Number:WPS4161Collection Title:Policy, Research working paper ; no. WPS 4161
Volume No:1  

Summary: This paper estimates a model of a farm that treats the choice of crops, livestock, and irrigation as endogenous. The model is composed of a multinomial choice of farm type, a binomial choice of irrigation, and a set of conditional land value functions. The model is estimated across over 2,000 farmers in seven Latin America countries. The results quantify how farmers adapt their choice of farm type and irrigation to their local climate. The results should help governments develop effective adaptation policies in response to climate change and improve the forecasting of climate effects. The paper compares the predicted effects of climate change using both endogenous and exogenous models of farm choice.

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