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Farmers' vulnerability to climate variability in Dimapur district of Nagaland, India

Chubanaro, Jamir and Sharma, Nitasha and Sengupta, Asmita and Ravindranath, NH (2013) Farmers' vulnerability to climate variability in Dimapur district of Nagaland, India. In: REGIONAL ENVIRONMENTAL CHANGE, 13 . pp. 153-164.

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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s10113-012-0324-3

Abstract

Certain parts of the State of Nagaland situated in the northeastern region of India have been experiencing rainfall deficit over the past few years leading to severe drought-like conditions, which is likely to be aggravated under a climate change scenario. The state has already incurred considerable losses in the agricultural sector. Regional vulnerability assessments need to be carried out in order to help policy makers and planners formulate and implement effective drought management strategies. The present study uses an 'index-based approach' to quantify the climate variability-induced vulnerability of farmers in five villages of Dimapur district, Nagaland. Indicators, which are reflective of the exposure, sensitivity and adaptive capacity of the farmers to drought, were quantified on the basis of primary data generated through household surveys and participatory rural appraisal supplemented by secondary data in order to calculate a composite vulnerability index. The composite vulnerability index of village New Showba was found to be the least, while Zutovi, the highest. The overall results reveal that biophysical characteristics contribute the most to overall vulnerability. Some potential adaptation strategies were also identified based on observations and discussions with the villagers.

Item Type: Journal Article
Additional Information: Copyright for theis article belongs to the SPRINGER HEIDELBERG, GERMANY
Keywords: Climate variability Á Vulnerability assessment Á Droughts Á Indicators Á Composite vulnerability index
Department/Centre: Division of Mechanical Sciences > Centre for Sustainable Technologies (formerly ASTRA)
Depositing User: Francis Jayakanth
Date Deposited: 23 Apr 2013 06:16
Last Modified: 23 Apr 2013 06:16
URI: http://eprints.iisc.ac.in/id/eprint/46445

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