Climate Change Adaptation: Strategic Vision In Agriculture
Keywords:Adaptation, agrarian-community, agriculture, climate-change, livelihood, , Nepal, policy, vulnerability
Climate change, including its impacts on natural resources and physical infrastructure affecting various aspects of human life, has been distressing people increasingly especially in poor economies for their limited ability to adapt to the austerities. Nepal is expectedly much vulnerable and foreseen to have pressure on its agriculture and livelihood of agrarian communities. The country's ability to adapt to the adversities has direct implications in its strategies on agriculture sector development. Agriculture sector policies, periodic plans and relevant action plans and projects were reviewed in connection to consultatively speculated vulnerabilities and impacts of climate change to appraise the country's preparedness and strength for the adaptation. The policy statements are broad enough to cover majority of vulnerability issues. And they lack optimum research need and resource availability considerations and clear pathways towards capacitating vulnerable communities to cope with the changing situations. Deficiencies in policy matters to guide state development agents through urgent and appropriate interventions, and policy makers' indulgence in fetching external supports are indicated as distracting the country away from real developmental path.
The Journal of Agriculture and Environment Vol:12, Jun.2011, Page 104-112DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.3126/aej.v12i0.7570