The Impacts of Agricultural Supports for Climate Change Adaptation: Farm Level Assessment Study on Paddy Farmers

Alam, M.M., Mohd Ekhwan, T., Siwar, C., Molla, R.I., and Talib, B. 2011. The Impacts of Agricultural Supports for Climate Change Adaptation: Farm Level Assessment Study on Paddy Farmers, American Journal of Environmental Sciences, Vol. 7(2), pp. 178-182. DOI: 10.3844/ajessp.2011.82.89

6 Pages Posted: 27 Mar 2017

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Md. Mahmudul Alam

Universiti Utara Malaysia

Mohd Toriman

National University of Malaysia (UKM)

Chamhuri Siwar

National University of Malaysia (UKM)

Rafiqul Molla

International Islamic University Chittagong

Basri Talib

National University of Malaysia (UKM)

Date Written: March 27, 2017

Abstract

The climatic factors are changing very rapidly in Malaysia. To adapt farmers with the changes, government and other external agencies are providing several kinds of supports, but yet the adaptability is not that high.

Approach: To analyze the climate change adaptability of the farmers in Malaysia, this study uses primary data that have been collected through questionnaire survey on paddy farmers in the Integrated Agricultural Development Area (IADA), North-West Selangor, Malaysia. Data have been analyzed by using descriptive statistics and ordered regression.

Results: Most farmers believe that buying additional fertilizer from market is not important for their current adaptation capability with climate change. As a consequence, 75.3% of the farmers never used extra fertilizer beyond the fully subsidized quantity. But, 41.4% farmers agree that government’s supports are not enough to adequately cope with climate change.

Conclusion/Recommendations: It is found that sustainability of agriculture and farmers’ livelihood are strongly dependent on the external supports. Therefore, farmers’ adaptability to climate change needs to be addressed through steps beyond the incentives and subsidies. Farmers need training and motivational supports for the necessary adaption.

Keywords: Agricultural productivity, climate change, adaptation, paddy, rainfall variability, Agricultural Development Area (IADA), crop damages, agricultural activities, farm level assessment

Suggested Citation

Alam, Md. Mahmudul and Toriman, Mohd and Siwar, Chamhuri and Molla, Rafiqul and Talib, Basri, The Impacts of Agricultural Supports for Climate Change Adaptation: Farm Level Assessment Study on Paddy Farmers (March 27, 2017). Alam, M.M., Mohd Ekhwan, T., Siwar, C., Molla, R.I., and Talib, B. 2011. The Impacts of Agricultural Supports for Climate Change Adaptation: Farm Level Assessment Study on Paddy Farmers, American Journal of Environmental Sciences, Vol. 7(2), pp. 178-182. DOI: 10.3844/ajessp.2011.82.89. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2941488

Md. Mahmudul Alam (Contact Author)

Universiti Utara Malaysia ( email )

Sintok, Kedah
Malaysia

Mohd Toriman

National University of Malaysia (UKM) ( email )

43600 Bandar Baru Bangi
Bangi, Selangor 06010
Malaysia

Chamhuri Siwar

National University of Malaysia (UKM) ( email )

43600 Bandar Baru Bangi
Bangi, Selangor 06010
Malaysia

Rafiqul Molla

International Islamic University Chittagong ( email )

College Road
Chittagong
Bangladesh

Basri Talib

National University of Malaysia (UKM) ( email )

43600 Bandar Baru Bangi
Bangi, Selangor 06010
Malaysia

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