Changing Farm Types and Irrigation as an Adaptation to Climate Change in Latin American Agriculture

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Robert O. Mendelsohn

Yale University - School of Forestry & Environmental Studies; Yale University

S. Niggol Seo

Muaebak Institute of Global Warming Studies

Date Written: March 1, 2007

Abstract

This paper estimates a model of a farm that treats the choice of crops, livestock, and irrigation as endogenous. The model is composed of a multinomial choice of farm type, a binomial choice of irrigation, and a set of conditional land value functions. The model is estimated across over 2,000 farmers in seven Latin America countries. The results quantify how farmers adapt their choice of farm type and irrigation to their local climate. The results should help governments develop effective adaptation policies in response to climate change and improve the forecasting of climate effects. The paper compares the predicted effects of climate change using both endogenous and exogenous models of farm choice.

Keywords: Climate Change, Crops & Crop Management Systems, Livestock & Animal Husbandry, Agriculture & Farming Systems, Rural Development Knowledge&Information Systems

Suggested Citation

Mendelsohn, Robert O. and Seo, S. Niggol, Changing Farm Types and Irrigation as an Adaptation to Climate Change in Latin American Agriculture (March 1, 2007). World Bank Policy Research Working Paper No. 4161. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=969238

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S. Niggol Seo

Muaebak Institute of Global Warming Studies ( email )

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