Rethinking adaptive capacity: A study of Midwestern U.S. corn farmers

dc.contributor.advisor J G. Arbuckle
dc.contributor.author Gardezi, Syed Maaz
dc.contributor.department Sociology
dc.date 2018-08-11T19:26:57.000
dc.date.accessioned 2020-06-30T03:04:31Z
dc.date.available 2020-06-30T03:04:31Z
dc.date.copyright Sun Jan 01 00:00:00 UTC 2017
dc.date.embargo 2001-01-01
dc.date.issued 2017-01-01
dc.description.abstract <p>Global climate change is one of the most significant challenges facing agriculture and society in the 21st century. In the Midwest, the projected trend toward more extreme rainfall has meant that farm-level responses are needed to maintain or increase crop yield and reduce soil erosion. On a local level, farmers are at the forefront of responding to environmental change. Thus, it is critical to understand their ability to take suitable actions for reducing risks and transforming agriculture to a more resilient system. Adaptive capacity is a term that is often used to describe farmers’ ability to access financial and technical resources. Although these are important attributes of farmers’ capacity, scholarship on human behavior has identified socio-cultural factors, such as perceived risk and capacity as strong predictors of farmers’ decision making. Therefore, our understanding of farmers’ true capacities is limited by our inability to comprehensively understand social and behavioral factors that influence their decisions to ignore, cope or adapt to climate change-related risks. In this dissertation, I attempt to address this gap by integrating social and behavioral theoretical frameworks and statistical modeling approaches to assess how variations in institutional and environmental conditions can influence farmers’ adaptive capacity and their decision to use adaptive management practices.</p>
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dc.identifier.articleid 6526
dc.identifier.contextkey 11055559
dc.identifier.doi https://doi.org/10.31274/etd-180810-5136
dc.identifier.s3bucket isulib-bepress-aws-west
dc.identifier.submissionpath etd/15519
dc.identifier.uri https://dr.lib.iastate.edu/handle/20.500.12876/29702
dc.language.iso en
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dc.subject.disciplines Agriculture
dc.subject.disciplines Statistics and Probability
dc.subject.keywords adaptive capacity
dc.subject.keywords agriculture
dc.subject.keywords Climate change
dc.subject.keywords statistical methods
dc.subject.keywords vulnerability
dc.title Rethinking adaptive capacity: A study of Midwestern U.S. corn farmers
dc.type article
dc.type.genre dissertation
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thesis.degree.discipline Sociology; Sustainable Agriculture
thesis.degree.level dissertation
thesis.degree.name Doctor of Philosophy
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