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Climate change adaptation in Africa : a microeconomic analysis of livestock choice
 
Author:Seo, Sungno Niggol; Mendelsohn, Robert; Collection Title:Policy, Research working paper ; no. WPS 4277
Country:Africa; Date Stored:2007/07/10
Document Date:2007/07/01Document Type:Policy Research Working Paper
SubTopics:Wildlife Resources; Climate Change and Environment; Peri-Urban Communities; Livestock and Animal Husbandry; Rural Urban LinkagesLanguage:English
Region:AfricaReport Number:WPS4277
Volume No:1 of 1  

Summary: This paper uses quantitative methods to examine the way African farmers have adapted livestock management to the range of climates found across the African continent. The authors use logit analysis to estimate whether farmers adopt livestock. They then use three econometric models to examine which species farmers choose: a primary choice multinomial logit, an optimal portfolio multinomial logit, and a demand system multivariate probit. Comparing the results of the three methods of estimating species selection reveals that the three approaches yield similar results. Using data from over 9,000 African livestock farmers in 10 countries, the analysis finds that farmers are more likely to choose to have livestock as temperatures increase and as precipitation decreases. Across all methods of estimating choice, livestock farmers in warmer locations are less likely to choose beef cattle and chickens and more likely to choose goats and sheep. As precipitation increases, cattle and sheep decrease but goats and chickens increase. The authors simulate the way farmers' choices might change with a set of uniform climate changes and a set of climate model scenarios. The uniform scenarios predict that warming and drying would increase livestock ownership but that increases in precipitation would decrease it. The climate scenarios predict a decrease in the probability of beef cattle and an increase in the probability of sheep and goats, and they predict that more heat-tolerant animals will dominate the future African landscape.

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