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Farmer Behaviour, Agricultural Management and Climate Change

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This study examines the broad range of factors driving farm management decisions that can improve the environment, including drawing on the experiences of OECD countries. It identifies policy options that would contribute to a sustainable and resilient agricultural sector in the context of climate change.

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Executive summary

Farmers have a long record of adapting to climate change. The evolving nature of the present changes could, however, have a significant impact on agriculture that will challenge farmers to adapt even further as regards land use and production practices. Moreover, agriculture is expected to reduce its GHG emissions and to offset CO2 emissions from other sectors through carbon sequestration. These actions are closely related to farm management practices. It is therefore important to understand how the cultural and social factors (education, information, traditional local practices) in addition to policy incentives facilitate or hinder the implementation of adaptation and mitigation actions. Such an understanding is critical as many potential winwin options are not adopted. Drawing on the experiences of OECD countries, this report identifies policy options that would contribute to a sustainable and resilient agricultural sector in the context of climate change.

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