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Rende, Serafima, 2019. What can be learnt from the 2018 drought and how to adapt Swedish agriculture to a changing climate? : an exploratory study with farmers from Mälardalen. Second cycle, A2E. Uppsala: SLU, Dept. of Urban and Rural Development



In 2018, the unusually dry and hot summer caused large losses in agricul-tural production. Farmers in Mälardalen had to struggle all summer to gather enough animal fodder, working long hours but gaining little in return. Climate change poses a threat to agricultural production because it is sensi-tive to weather extremes and weather fluctuations makes it harder to adapt to a changing climate. This study aims to explore how drought affected farmers in Mälardalen in 2018. What kind of adaptive strategies did they ap-ply? If and how do farmers prepare and plan for climate change? Are there any opportunities or is climate change only negative? How do farmers think about adaptive management on their farms and what are the challenges to its implementations? The information was collected through semi-structured interviews with five farmers, two farmers’ organizations and county board administration from two counties. The findings show that the context plays a crucial role for farmers’ adaptability and that every farmer’s situation is unique. This also affects their decisions and strategies of adaptive manage-ment.

Main title:What can be learnt from the 2018 drought and how to adapt Swedish agriculture to a changing climate?
Subtitle:an exploratory study with farmers from Mälardalen
Authors:Rende, Serafima
Supervisor:Marquardt, Kristina
Examiner:Bartholdson, Örjan
Volume/Sequential designation:UNSPECIFIED
Year of Publication:2019
Level and depth descriptor:Second cycle, A2E
Student's programme affiliation:NM009 Rural Development and Natural Resource Management - Master's Programme 120 HEC
Supervising department:(NL, NJ) > Dept. of Urban and Rural Development
(LTJ, LTV) > Dept. of Urban and Rural Development
Keywords:climate change adaptation, adaptability, socio-ecological systems, farming systems, drought, adaptive management
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Subject. Use of subject categories until 2023-04-30.:Agricultural economics and policies
Deposited On:16 Sep 2019 08:32
Metadata Last Modified:04 Jun 2020 12:07

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