Climate Change and Food Security of the Malaysian East Coast Poor: A Path Modeling Approach

Alam, M.M., Talib, B., Siwar, C., and Wahid, A.N.M. 2016. Climate Change and Food Security of the Malayan East Coast Poor: A Path Modeling Approach. Journal of Economic Studies, Vol. 43(3), pp. 458-474.

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Md. Mahmudul Alam

Universiti Utara Malaysia

Basri Talib

National University of Malaysia (UKM)

Chamhuri Siwar

National University of Malaysia (UKM)

Abu Wahid

Abu N. M. Wahid

Date Written: 2016

Abstract

This research aims at examining the direct and indirect impacts of climatic changes as well as the effects of non-climatic factors on household food security in Malaysia. The study is based on primary data collected in the months of July – October, 2012 through a questionnaire survey on 460 low income households from East Coast Economic Region (ECER) of the country.

The samples were selected from E-Kasih poor household database, based on cluster random sampling technique. The statistical estimation was done through two-stage formative path measurement model by using nonparametric bootstrap procedure under Smart PLS. This study finds that household food insecurity ECER – Malaysia is not only related to social and economic factors, but also statistically significantly linked to the direct and indirect impacts of climatic factors. The policy implications of the study suggest that design of food security programs must be integrated with climatic change adaptation programs. The government and other relevant agencies should jointly develop appropriate policies for poverty alleviation, household level food security, and adaptation with climatic changes in Malaysia.

Keywords: Climatic Changes, Household Food Security, Path Modeling, Bootstrap Method, Malaysia, East Coast Economic Region

JEL Classification: I32, Q54, P48

Suggested Citation

Alam, Md. Mahmudul and Talib, Basri and Siwar, Chamhuri and Wahid, Abu, Climate Change and Food Security of the Malaysian East Coast Poor: A Path Modeling Approach (2016). Alam, M.M., Talib, B., Siwar, C., and Wahid, A.N.M. 2016. Climate Change and Food Security of the Malayan East Coast Poor: A Path Modeling Approach. Journal of Economic Studies, Vol. 43(3), pp. 458-474. . Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2943380

Md. Mahmudul Alam (Contact Author)

Universiti Utara Malaysia ( email )

Sintok, Kedah
Malaysia

Basri Talib

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

Abu Wahid

Abu N. M. Wahid ( email )

3500 John A Merritt Blvd.
Nashville, TN 37209
United States

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