Local Farmers' Adaptation to Climate Change: In the Case of Gulomkada Woreda, Tigray Region.

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Addis Ababa University


This study was conducted with aim of assessing farm level adaptation to climate change that focuses on adaptive capacities and adaptation strategies of farmers make in response to climate change. The research is specific to the three tabias of Gulomkada Woreda on Shewit Lemlem, Addis Tesfa and Sebeya on the basis of data gathered through a combination of qualitative research methods and quantitative household survey. Results obtained in the study revealed that the adaptive capacities of the study population were poor like the majority of the respondents low level of education, poor health, limited infrastructural provision, limited access to agricultural inputs, highly degraded natural resource, poor access to credit and saving in the study area. The Adaptation strategies employed by the Gulomkada communities were greatly contributed to curve climate change impacts situations, but these adaptations are directly or indirectly depend on rainfall in the area. Perhaps the woreda communities employed combinations of various strategies including joint adaptation activities SlIch as crop production related adaptation strategies, livestock related adaptations, land degradation and others in the areas. In conclusion, this research work comes up with that the adaptation strategies to combat the climate change impacts in the study area were not enough; it was a kind of self-adaptation strategies which were practiced in disorganized way. Therefore, it is suggested adaptation measures have to be sensitively integrated with ongoing development pathways to ensure they are sustainable and relevant to local priorities



Local Farmers, Adaptation to Climate Change