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Academia Journal of Agricultural Research 7(5): 092-101, April 2019
DOI: 10.15413/ajar.2019.0109
ISSN: 2315-7739
©2019 Academia Publishing

Abstract

 

Understanding farmer’s perspective: A pathway model to comprehend farmer’s adaptation strategies to bolster productivity in Mauritius

Accepted 7th February, 2019
 

V. Ramborun*, S. Facknath and B. Lalljee

University of Mauritius, Réduit, Mauritius.
 

Meeting the challenges of a sustainable food security has always been the prime concern of every developing country. Agriculture being a major contributor to climate change with a net emission exceeding 17% of green-house gases, the scientific community urges a paradigm shift in the sector to reduce these emissions. However, insufficient attention has been given to the main actors of the sector which are the small scale farmers and their perception in adapting to climatic changes. These small holder farmers are highly vulnerable to changes in climate, as they live on a marginal income, and the crops they depend upon are highly affected by climate. This paper seeks to investigate the impact of climate change on farmers’ productivity and their adaptive responses to these impacts. A bottom-up approach was used to identify farmers’ perceptions about the impacts of climate change on their crops, and the adaptation measures they are employing to counter these impacts, and to understand their vulnerability to the changing climate. Around 115 small scale farmers were interviewed throughout Mauritius- in the North, South, East, West and Centre. Subjecting the data obtained to the Structural Equation Modeling showed that farmers are already being impacted through the shift in rainfall patterns, quantum of precipitation and increase in pests and diseases, all of which have a direct impact on their usual cultural practices. Increasing fertilizer, watering frequency and pesticide has been the only advice normally given to farmers to bolster their productivity.

Key words
: Agriculture, farmer’s perspective, adaptation, modeling.

 

This is an open access article published under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

Cite this article as:

Ramborun V, Facknath S, Lalljee B (2019). Understanding farmer’s perspective: A pathway model to comprehend farmer’s adaptation strategies to bolster productivity in Mauritius. Acad. J. Agric. Res. 7(5): 092-101.

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