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dc.contributor.advisorAdegoke, Jimmy O.
dc.contributor.authorAderonmu, Abigail Tolulope
dc.date.issued2021
dc.date.submitted2021 Summer
dc.descriptionTitle from PDF of title page viewed September 7, 2021
dc.descriptionDissertation advisor: Jimmy Adegoke
dc.descriptionVita
dc.descriptionIncludes bibliographical references (pages 162 -172)
dc.descriptionThesis (PH.D.)--Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences and Social Sciences Consortium. University of Missouri--Kansas City, 2021
dc.description.abstractThis dissertation, through a mixed methods approach, investigates Missouri farmers’ perceptions of climate change and variability in relation to their adoption of adaptation strategies. Using a combination of geospatial and statistical analysis, it examines the similarities and differences in on-farm and off-farm adaptation behavior stratified by farmers perception of climate change occurring or not occurring. We further analyze the diffusion of financial risk management instruments among farmers in Missouri to uncover associations between perception of climate change and the utilization or adoption of income guarantee financial tools, as well as other risk management instruments such as forward/risk management contracts. Results from the study reveal that while farmers tend to remember their experiences of extreme weather events such as flood and drought, they cannot, with certainty, link these experiences to the changing trends of temperature and precipitation. Additionally, farmers’ adaptation behaviors were independent of their climate change perceptions. Although the farmers in our study cohort adopt more on-farm adaptation measures, there was a shift towards increased use of financial risk management instruments between 1995 and 2018. This is a significant finding with important implications because it suggests that farmers will adopt adaptation practices to protect crop production and income potential independent of their climate change perceptions. This research holds value for policy makers because it adopts a bottom-up approach that provides an understanding of the farmers’ perspective which is vital for decision making in the face of predicted increase in frequency and intensity of extreme weather events that have cascading effects on agricultural production and food security across local, regional and global scales. It also provides insight for improving the communication of climate science to stakeholders in the agricultural sector.
dc.description.tableofcontentsIntroduction -- Literature review -- Methodology -- Results and discussion -- Conclusion -- Appendix A. IRB exemption -- Appendix B. Survey questionnaire -- Appendix C. Additional results form statistical analysis
dc.format.extentxv, 173 pages
dc.identifier.urihttps://hdl.handle.net/10355/86710
dc.subject.lcshClimatic changes
dc.subject.lcshFarmers -- Missouri -- Attitudes
dc.subject.otherDissertation -- University of Missouri--Kansas City -- Geosciences
dc.titleMissouri Farmers' Perceptions of Climate Change, Adaptation Strategies and the Adoption and Diffusion of Market-Oriented Risk Management Strategies
thesis.degree.disciplineGeosciences (UMKC)
thesis.degree.disciplineSocial Sciences (UMKC)
thesis.degree.grantorUniversity of Missouri--Kansas City
thesis.degree.levelDoctoral
thesis.degree.namePh.D. (Doctor of Philosophy)


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