Dr Melusi Sibanda

Level of Study: 
Agriculture Economics & Extension
Vulnerability to climate change and adaptation options for smallholder farmers in the Eastern Cape Province, South Africa

The main objective of this study was to assess climate vulnerability and measure the aggregate impact of climate change on income from agricultural crop production in the Eastern Cape Province of South Africa under various climate scenarios. The study analyzed the impacts of global warming on the Eastern Cape Province agriculture in terms of long-term changes in climate variables (temperature and precipitation). In addition to assessing and measuring economic impacts, the second main objective of the study was to analyze determinants of farmers’ choices between alternative adaptation measures available to them. Adaptation measures refer to adjustments in management strategies to reduce risks or realize opportunities from actual or expected changes in climatic conditions.