Farmers’ perceptions, awareness, attitudes and adaption behaviour towards climate change

Akhtar, Rulia and Afroz, Rafia and Masud, Muhammad Mehedi and Rahman, Mahfuzur and Khalid, Haniza and Duasa, Jarita (2018) Farmers’ perceptions, awareness, attitudes and adaption behaviour towards climate change. Journal of the Asia Pacific Economy, 23 (2). pp. 246-262. ISSN 1354-7860, DOI

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Using responses from a questionnaire survey conducted on a sample of 400 rice farmers from Kedah in Malaysia, this article examines rice farmers’ perception, awareness, attitudes and adaptation behaviours towards mitigating climate change. The data collected was analysed using structural equation modelling. The findings of this study show that 84% of the respondents perceive a decrease in rainfall, while 75% perceive an increase in temperature over the last 10–15 years due to climate change. The study also finds a significant and positive association between farmers’ perception of climate change, awareness (AWN), attitudes (ATT) and adaptation behaviour (ADB). Furthermore, the results reveal that awareness and attitudes play a mediating role between perception and adaptation behaviour. The findings could be useful to public and private organizations in learning more about farmers’ perceptions and adaptation behaviour in developing a policy framework to reduce adverse effects of climate change.

Item Type: Article
Funders: International Islamic University, Malaysia: ‘Developing an Integrated Waqf Environmental Protection Model for Malaysian Rice Farmers’ [grant number FRGS15-180-0421]
Uncontrolled Keywords: Agriculture; adaptation; barriers; behaviour; climate change; perception
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HC Economic History and Conditions
S Agriculture > S Agriculture (General)
Divisions: Faculty of Economics & Administration
Faculty of Business and Economics
Depositing User: Ms. Juhaida Abd Rahim
Date Deposited: 27 Sep 2019 02:42
Last Modified: 27 Sep 2019 02:42

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