Agricultural Adaptation To Climate Change by Christopher R. BryantAgricultural Adaptation To Climate Change by Christopher R. Bryant

Agricultural Adaptation To Climate Change

byChristopher R. BryantEditorMamadou A. Sarr, Kénel Délusca

Hardcover | September 7, 2016

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This book deals with one of the major challenges facing human society and its governments, climate change and variability. The principal objective of the book is to explore how agricultural production through the actions primarily of farmers, including peasant farmers, adapt to these changing circumstances, what the limitations of adaptation are, how the process of adaptation varies between different territories (e.g. developed countries versus developing countries), and what are or can be the most effective roles for actors other than the farmers, including different levels of government and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) such as professional associations of farmers and community organizations.

The principal argument is threefold: 1) while there are significant differences between territories and countries in terms of the capacity of farmers (and the other actors) to engage in capacity building to be able to adapt effectively to climate change and variability, 2) the critical roles are those played out by the farmers themselves, but that 3) other actors can play an important role in accompanying farmers in their adaptation process, providing relevant and strategic information, counseling them and facilitating networking and meetings when appropriate. This effectively means that without engaging in the local adaptation processes governments can really only play effective roles by working with other actors at the local and regional levels. When it occurs, it can be very effective, but when it does not, farmers are left to their own devices (and even then, many are able to use their own creativity and local knowledge to survive and continue to develop).

Essentially therefore, the secondary argument that is followed throughout the book is that adaptation is essentially a social process that requires an understanding of social processes and dynamics in each farming community and territory. It involves an understanding, for instance, of information diffusion processes in the different farming communities and territories, which provides a set of tools to promote and facilitate the adoption process in the context of adaptation to climate change and variability.

Christopher Bryant received his doctorate in 1970 at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE), London. He was progressively Assistant, Associate and Full Professor in Geography at the University of Waterloo (1970 à 1990), then Full Professor  in Geography the Université de Montréal (1990 à 2014), and is now Adjunct Pr...
Title:Agricultural Adaptation To Climate ChangeFormat:HardcoverDimensions:234 pagesPublished:September 7, 2016Publisher:Springer-Verlag/Sci-Tech/TradeLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:3319313908

ISBN - 13:9783319313900


Table of Contents

1. Introduction (Christopher R. Bryant).- Part 1. Canada and France.- 2. Agricultural Adaptation to Changing Environments: Lessons Learned from Farmers in Eastern Ontario, Canada (Michael Brklacich).- 3. Social Networks and the Diffusion of Innovative Practices to Help Agriculture Adapt to Climate Change and Variability in Quebec (Omarou Daouda).- 4. Climate Change and Corn Productivity in West Montérégie, Quebec: From Impacts Anticipation to Some Adaptation Potentialities (Kénel Delusca).- 5. The Economic Impact of Climate Change on Cash Crop Farms in Québec and Ontario (Paul Thomassin).- 6. The Organizational Dimensions of Agricultural Adaptation: Experiences in Québec's Market Garden Sector (Annie Choquette).- 7. Citizen Involvement and Volunteering Along the Acadian Coastline: Challenges for Integrated Management and Adaptation in the Context of Climate Change (Omer Chouinard).- 8. The Contribution of Agronomic Research to Innovation: The Experience of INRA-SAD In France (Christophe Solard).- Part 2. Africa.- 9. Low frequency winter rainfall variability in the North West of Morocco
(Ali Bellichi).- 10. Projections of Peanut Yields from 2011-2040 in Senegal Using Classification and Regression Trees (Mamadou Adama Sarr).- 11. Facing Climate Change through Sustainable Agriculture: Can Results from China be transferred to Africa? (Liette Vasseur).- 12. Adaptation Strategies in the Valley of the Senegal River: A Social Approach to Dealing with Climate Change in Senegal (Gabrielle Tremblay).- 13. Adaptations of the Agricultural Calendar and Agricultural Techniques to Climate Change in the Highlands of Cameroon (Rodrigue Aimé Feumba).- 14. Conclusion (Christopher R. Bryant).