Asian Journal of Environment and Disaster Management (AJEDM)Volume 4 Number 1 (2012)
Farmers’ Perceptions Study on Required Supports for Climate Change Adaptation in Malaysia
Mohd Ekhwan Toriman5
43600 UKM Bangi, Selangor Darul Ehsan, Malaysia
The agriculture of Malaysia is one of the most vulnerable sectors due to the rapid changes in climatic factors in Malaysia. In order to face and manage the situation, farmers are trying in various ways and government and other external agencies are providing several supports to adapt to these climatic vulnerabilities. Still, there is a gap between farmers' adaptability and adverse impacts of climatic change. Here, sustainability of agriculture and relevant livelihood is strongly dependent on the external supports, and farmers also expect to increase this level. Now, the focus on farmers' adaptability to climate change needs to go beyond the incentive and subsidy. They also need trainings, conceptual supports, and technological innovations. This study finds out the required supports that farmers need to adapt to climate change through a questionnaire survey on 198 paddy producing farmers in the area of Integrated Agricultural Development Area (IADA), North-West Selangor, Malaysia. The data of the study has been analyzed by descriptive statistics, ordered regression, percentile, and scale analysis. The findings of the study are important for the policy makers and relevant agencies.
Keywords: Agricultural productivity, Climate change, Adaptation, Paddy, Malaysia.