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An analysis of livestock choice : adapting to climate change in Latin American farms
 
Author:Seo, Niggol; Mendelsohn, Robert; Collection Title:Policy, Research working paper ; no. WPS 4164
Country:Latin America; Date Stored:2007/03/06
Document Date:2007/03/01Document Type:Policy Research Working Paper
SubTopics:Climate Change and Environment; Wildlife Resources; Peri-Urban Communities; Livestock and Animal Husbandry; Rural Urban LinkagesLanguage:English
Region:Latin America & CaribbeanReport Number:WPS4164
Volume No:1 of 1  

Summary: The authors explore how Latin American livestock farmers adapt to climate by switching species. They develop a multinomial choice model of farmer's choice of livestock species. Estimating the models across over 1,200 livestock farmers in seven countries, they find that both temperature and precipitation affect the species Latin American farmers choose. The authors then use this model to predict how future climate scenarios would affect species choice. Global warming will cause farmers to switch to beef cattle at the expense of dairy cattle.

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