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2009-05-18 | Peer Reviewed

Determinants of farmer's choice of adaptation methods to climate change in the Nile Basin of Ethiopia

Temesgen Tadesse Deressa, Rashid M. Hassan, Claudia Ringler, Tekie Alemu and Mahmud Yesuf, 2009, "Determinants of farmers' choice of adaptation methods to climate change in the Nile Basin of Ethiopia", Global Environmental Change 19(2009),
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This study identifies the major methods used by farmers to adapt to climate change in the Nile Basin of Ethiopia, the factors that affect their choice of method, and the barriers to adaptation.

This study identifies the major methods used by farmers to adapt to climate change in the Nile Basin of Ethiopia, the factors that affect their choice of method, and the barriers to adaptation. The methods identified include use of different crop varieties, tree planting, soil conservation, early and late planting, and irrigation. Results from the discrete choice model employed indicate that the level of education, gender, age, and wealth of the head of household; access to extension and credit; information on climate, social capital, agroecological settings, and temperature all influence farmers’ choices. The main barriers include lack of information on adaptation methods and financial constraints.