• News
  • Most Recent Working Papers
  • Key Dates

Wednesday, 11 January 2017 07:24
ANNOUNCEMENT: Two Massive Online Open Courses (MOOCs) on Water Supply and Sanitation Policy in Developing Countries On January 29th 2017 the Alliance Manchester Business School at the University of Manchester (UK) will launch a sequence of two Massive Online Open Course (MOOC) on Water Supply and Sanitation Policy in Developing Countries, taught by Professor Dale Whittington and Dr Duncan Thomas. Are these MOOCs free to take?Both MOOCs will be free of charge for all learners who enroll. There Read more...
Monday, 28 November 2016 14:20
The IIC of the IDB group is looking for a Natural Resource/climate change economist. Experience: At least 3 years of relevant experience in applied research or analytical assessment of development projects primarily in the areas of natural resources, climate change, and agribusiness. Candidates with relevant experience in the areas of transport, and MSMEs will also be considered. Strong experience in economic cost-benefit analysis or impact evaluation is a plus. Understanding of the Read more...
Monday, 28 November 2016 08:34
PhD position in Sustainability and leakage in beef & soy supply chains in South America Dear friends, we are currently recruiting a PhD candidate that will use participatory approaches to help further our understanding of the role that supply chain sustainability initiatives can play in reducing forest clearing for agricultural production in the tropics. The PhD will be based at Chalmers University of Technology, but is part of a bigger research project led by Stockholm Environment 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



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.

See the paper...


LACEEP's XIX Workshop

Jul 23/15

LACEEP's XIX Workshop (Mexico)

Jul 24/15

LACEEP’s XIX Workshop (Mexico)