Assessing farmers' vulnerability to climate change : a case study in Karnataka, India
González Botero, Diana
Bertran Salinas, Adrià
Reyes-García, Victoria, dir. (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona. Departament d'Antropologia Social i Cultural)
Serrano-Tovar, Tarik, dir. (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona. Institut de Ciència i Tecnologia Ambientals)
Ariza-Montobbio, Pere, dir. (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona. Institut de Ciència i Tecnologia Ambientals)
Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona. Facultat de Ciències

Date: 2013
Description: 94 p.
Abstract: In the context of observed climate change impacts and their effect on agriculture and crop production, this study intends to assess the vulnerability of rural livelihoods through a study case in Karnataka, India. The social approach of climate change vulnerability in this study case includes defining and exploring factors that determine farmers' vulnerability in four villages. Key informant interviews, farmer workshops and structured household interviews were used for data collection. To analyse the data, we adapted and applied three vulnerability indices: Livelihood Vulnerability Index (LVI), LVI-IPCC and the Livelihood Effect Index (LEI), and used descriptive statistical methods. The data was analysed at two scales: whole sample-level and household level. The results from applying the indices for the whole-sample level show that this community's vulnerability to climate change is moderate, whereas the household-level results show that most of the households' vulnerability is high-very high, while 15 key drivers of vulnerability were identified. Results and limitations of the study are discussed under the rural livelihoods framework, in which the indices are based, allowing a better understanding of the social behaviouraltrends, as well as an holistic and integrated view of the climate change, agriculture, and livelihoods processes shaping vulnerability. We conclude that these indices, although a straightforward method to assess vulnerability, have limitations that could account for inaccuracies and inability to be standardised for benchmarking, therefore we stress the need for further research.
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Language: Anglès
Studies: Ciències Ambientals [2501915]
Series: Facultat de Ciències. Projectes i treballs de final de carrera. Ciències ambientals
Document: Treball final de grau
Subject: Agricultura ; Karnataka (Índia) ; Condicions rurals ; Canvis climàtics ; Aspectes ambientals

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