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Tuesday, 10 May 2016 07:43
Conference Scholarships for 2016 Dear friends and colleagues from the Latin American and Caribbean Environmental Economics Program (LACEEP) and the Latin American and the Caribbean Association of Environmental and Resource Economists (LACERE). We are happy to announce that we have a limited number of scholarships of up to $900 to cover participation in conferences and workshops relevant to the field of environmental and development economics. We strongly encourage you to apply if you have Read more...
Friday, 18 March 2016 10:46
Faculty Position Assistant Professor of Natural Resources and Environmental Policy University of Minnesota Description: Tenure-track, 9-month, full-time appointment with responsibilities for teaching (50%) and research (50%). The position is in the Department of Forest Resources within the College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences and located on the St. Paul Campus. Information on the department may be found at http://www.forestry.umn.edu. Essential qualifications: Ph.D. Read more...
Friday, 18 March 2016 10:41
Lead Adoption/Impact Economist The International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center, known by its Spanish acronym, CIMMYT®, is a not-for-profit research and training organization with partners in over 100 countries. Please refer to our website for more information: www.cimmyt.org We are seeking an experienced, pro-active and results-oriented adoption/impact economist to develop and lead CIMMYT's adoption and impact research portfolio. CIMMYT's Research-for-Development (R4D) aims to improve Read more...

Understanding individual and community-based adaptations to climate change: Factors influencing responses to drought
in Mexican irrigation communities

Authors: Gustavo A. García López and Sergio Villamayor Tomás

2015

Abstract:

This study aims to understand the effectiveness of farmer responses to droughts as mediated by water governance factors and performance. For that purpose, the study relies on an analysis of drought impact and responses in seven Mexican irrigation systems. Data was collected and analyzed at both the community and household level through in-depth interviews and surveys, respectively. The analysis first contextualizes droughts and other climate-related events with regard to the broader spectrum of disturbances that farmers face. Next, an inventory of organization-level and individuallevel responses is followed by an exploratory assessment of the effectiveness of the latter, depending on system-level, individual-level and disturbance-level variables. The results show that farmers face multiple types of social and ecological disturbances, of which drought is the most salient but not necessarily the most important. They also underscore that farmers feel vulnerable to droughts, particularly in organizations where compliance with water allocation rules is lower. Contrary to our expectations, we did not find an association between decentralization and perceived effectiveness of farmer responses. Similarly, we found only a negative association between the dominance of communal land in the systems and effectiveness. On a related note, farmers’ economic resources and the severity of the drought was also more frequently associated with effectiveness than not.

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LACEEP's XIX Workshop

Jul 23/15

LACEEP's XIX Workshop (Mexico)

Jul 24/15

LACEEP’s XIX Workshop (Mexico)