Determinants of the Adoption of Land Management Strategies against Climate Change in Northwest Ethiopia

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Menberu Teshome Zeleke
Yohannes Aberra

Abstract

Agriculture is one of the sectors most vulnerable to climate change in Ethiopia. The ability of farming households to adapt is determined by many factors. The
objective of this article is to examine the determinants of adaptation to climate change based on a survey of farming household heads in three agro-ecological
settings of northwest Ethiopia. The survey results revealed that significant numbers of households are more likely to adopt different land management
strategies to reduce the negative impact of climate change. However, there are important differences in the propensity of households living in different agroecological settings to adapt. The most statistically significant determinants of adopting land management strategies were agro-ecological zone, family size,
livestock ownership and access to climate information. For building a more climate-resilient community those households who failed to respond may require
particular support to do what is in their own best interests.

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