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Landraces as an adaptation strategy to climate change for smallholders in Santa Catarina, Southern Brazil


Vasconcelos, ACF and Bonatti, M and Schlindwein, SL and D'Agostini, LR and Homem, LR and Nelson, R, Landraces as an adaptation strategy to climate change for smallholders in Santa Catarina, Southern Brazil, Land Use Policy, 34 pp. 250-254. ISSN 0264-8377 (2013) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1016/j.landusepol.2013.03.017


Adapting to climate change has become a pressing and urgent issue given the alarming rapidity with which climate changes is taking place. Agriculture is strongly conditioned by climatic factors, but subsistence agriculture is particularly vulnerable because smallholders do not have adequate financial resources to adapt to climate change. Agrobiodiversity provides one option for smallholders to adapt to climate change. Landraces developed in the western region of Santa Catarina State, Brazil, are part of a deliberate strategy by smallholders to achieve a state of food sovereignty and independence from commercial sources of hybrid seed. The ability of smallholders to collectively conserve climate-adapted landraces indicates the depth of local knowledge and capability within local communities that can be drawn on to meet the future challenges of climate change.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:climate change adaptation, agricultural production, social networks, extreme weather events
Research Division:Agricultural, Veterinary and Food Sciences
Research Group:Agriculture, land and farm management
Research Field:Agricultural production systems simulation
Objective Division:Environmental Policy, Climate Change and Natural Hazards
Objective Group:Adaptation to climate change
Objective Field:Climate change adaptation measures (excl. ecosystem)
UTAS Author:Nelson, R (Associate Professor Rohan Nelson)
ID Code:84862
Year Published:2013
Web of Science® Times Cited:16
Deposited By:Tasmanian Institute of Agriculture
Deposited On:2013-06-04
Last Modified:2014-04-04

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