Climatic Change and the Socioeconomic Sustainability of the Paddy Farmers in Malaysia

Alam, M.M., Siwar, C., Talib, B., and Jaafar, A.H. 2013. Climate Change and the Socioeconomic Sustainability of the Paddy Farmers in Malaysia, Natural Science, Vol. 5(1A), pp. 163-166

6 Pages Posted: 29 Mar 2017

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Md. Mahmudul Alam

Universiti Utara Malaysia

Chamhuri Siwar

National University of Malaysia (UKM)

Basri Talib

National University of Malaysia (UKM)

Abdul Hamid Jaafar

National University of Malaysia

Date Written: 2013

Abstract

The changing nature of climatic factors has different impacts on agriculture based areas, periods and crops. Farmers are the most vulnerable group who are affected both directly and indirectly through climatic changes. In the study area in Malaysia, climatic changes have adverse impacts on farmers. Due to climatic change, productivity and profitability of paddy cultivation have declined in the Integrated Agricultural Development Area, North-West Selangor. Farmers perceive that paddy cultivation is no longer profitable due to low productivity as a result of climatic changes. They now prefer full-time to part-time engagement in paddy cultivation. Heavy government subsidy and encouragement are not enough; it requires increase in productivity and profitability of paddy cultivation for making it a viable and sustainable sector. All efforts of mitigation and adaptation must be pursued to counter the adverse impacts of climatic changes and increase the productivity of paddy cultivation in the area. It is observed that there is a high degree of income inequality among the paddy farmers in the study area.

Keywords: Climatic Change; Income Equality, Health Hazard; Agriculture; Paddy; Malaysia

Suggested Citation

Alam, Md. Mahmudul and Siwar, Chamhuri and Talib, Basri and Jaafar, Abdul Hamid, Climatic Change and the Socioeconomic Sustainability of the Paddy Farmers in Malaysia (2013). Alam, M.M., Siwar, C., Talib, B., and Jaafar, A.H. 2013. Climate Change and the Socioeconomic Sustainability of the Paddy Farmers in Malaysia, Natural Science, Vol. 5(1A), pp. 163-166. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2942564

Md. Mahmudul Alam (Contact Author)

Universiti Utara Malaysia ( email )

Sintok, Kedah
Malaysia

Chamhuri Siwar

National University of Malaysia (UKM) ( email )

43600 Bandar Baru Bangi
Bangi, Selangor 06010
Malaysia

Basri Talib

National University of Malaysia (UKM) ( email )

43600 Bandar Baru Bangi
Bangi, Selangor 06010
Malaysia

Abdul Hamid Jaafar

National University of Malaysia ( email )

43600 Bandar Baru Bangi
Bangi, Selangor 06010
Malaysia

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