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Rural households in a changing climate
 
Author:Baez, Javier E.; Kronick, Dorothy; Mason, Andrew D.; Collection Title:Policy Research working paper ; no. WPS 6326
Country:World; Date Stored:2013/01/17
Document Date:2013/01/01Document Type:Policy Research Working Paper
SubTopics:Regional Economic Development; Rural Poverty Reduction; Climate Change Economics; Climate Change Mitigation and Green House Gases; Science of Climate ChangeLanguage:English
Region:The World RegionReport Number:WPS6326
Volume No:1 of 1  

Summary: 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, the paper examines evidence from existing empirical literature to compose an initial picture of household-level strategies for adapting to climate change in rural settings. The authors 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. They describe the role of public policy in fortifying the ability of rural households to adapt to a changing climate.

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