||An assessment of climate variation risks on agricultural production: Perceptions and adaptation options in Benin
TEKA SEMADEGBE OSCAR ,
Houessou Laurent G ,
OUMOROU ALIOU ABOUDOU MADJIDOU ,
Vogt Joachim ,
SINSIN AUGUSTIN BRICE ,
||International Journal of Climate Change Strategies and Management
||Purpose – The purpose of this paper is to assess the local communities’ perception of climate
variation effects on crop production and the adopted strategies by farmers in order to cope with the
negative effects of climate on the agriculture in the coastal zone of Benin.
Design/methodology/approach – A total of 290 agricultural households were sampled and
surveyed through structured interviews. The principal component analysis (PCA) was performed on
the relative frequencies citation of perceived climate variation indication in order to describe the
relationship between risk perceptions according to socio-demographic characteristics. The relative
frequency of citation was calculated according to age, gender, ethnic group and agro-ecological region.
Findings – Results showed that almost 83 per cent of the respondents already perceived the climate
change risks through several indications. Climate variation perception varied with respect to age.
Respondents’ opinion regarding climate variation causes depended generally on their age, religion and
level of education. As far as climate variation risks impact on crop production is concerned, the
respondents’ opinions diverged.
Originality/value – The assessment of local communities’ perception is important to design
participatory and sustainable measures to cope with harmful effects of climate variation on crop production.
||Climate variation, Crop production, Perception, Adaptation, Tradition, Benin
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