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Climate change adaptation by smallholder tea farmers: a case study of Nepal


Muench,  Steffen
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Bavorova,  Miroslava
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Pradhan,  Prajal
Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research;

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Muench, S., Bavorova, M., Pradhan, P. (2021): Climate change adaptation by smallholder tea farmers: a case study of Nepal. - Environmental Science and Policy, 116, 136-146.

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Climate change is threatening the livelihood of tea farmers in Nepal. Simultaneously,the production of tea is becoming an increasingly important economic sector for thecountry. This study aimed to reveal the adaptation behavior towards climate changeamong smallholder tea farmers, particularly which demographic, institutional, andinformation source factors are likely to influence the degree of adaptation. We collectedquantitative data in the district of Ilam via 91 farmers through a questionnaire surveyand applied descriptive statistics, multiple regression, and binary logistic regressionmodels to analyze the collected data. Findings revealed that information sources (peerexchange, internet, and training attendance), as well as institutional factors(cooperative membership and credit access), positively influenced the degree ofclimate change adaptation among the respondents. Easier credit access and joiningcooperatives could enhance the adaptative capacity of smallholder tea farmers.Improving the interaction between the Nepalese government and stakeholdersinvolved in the domestic tea value chain could also increase economic success