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Revista de Economia e Sociologia Rural

Print version ISSN 0103-2003On-line version ISSN 1806-9479

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CARLOS, Sabrina de Matos; CUNHA, Dênis Antônio da  and  PIRES, Marcel Viana. Does knowledge about climate change imply adaptation? Analysis of farmers in Northeast Brazil. Rev. Econ. Sociol. Rural [online]. 2019, vol.57, n.3, pp.455-471.  Epub Sep 16, 2019. ISSN 1806-9479.  http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/1806-9479.2019.187600.

We analyze the relationship between farmer’s knowledge about climate change and the adoption of adaptive strategies. The study area was the Brazilian Northeast (Rio das Contas basin, Bahia). Methodologically, we estimated a Seemingly Unrelated Bivariate Probit model. The results showed that knowledge and adaptation are correlated and should be considered together. Farmers who are aware of the climate change effects are more likely to adapt. This finding reinforces the importance of considering the perception, knowledge and socioeconomic conditions of individuals in the formulation of public policies to counteract the negative effects of climate change.

Keywords : knowledge; adaptation; climate change; Rio das Contas basin; seemingly unrelated bivariate probit model.

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