Economic costs of drought and rice farmers' coping mechanisms

Publication Date : 2005-01-01
Author : Pandey, S.Bhandari, H.Hardy, B.
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Disaster Management Theme :
Disaster Type : Drought
Document Type : Research Paper
Languange : en
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The nature and frequency of drought in subhumid regions, its impact on farmers' livelihoods, farmers' drought-coping strategies, and the welfare implications of drought have not been adequately studied. Analyses of drought characteristics, drought impacts, and household coping mechanisms are important for understanding the nature of risk and vulnerability associated with drought and for formulating various interventions for effective drought mitigation. This book examine these issues through a cross-country comparative study of the impact of drought and farmers' coping mechanisms. The countries included in the study are China, Thailand, and India. These countries vary in climatic conditions, level of economic development, rice yield, and institutional and policy contexts of rice farming. Comparative analyses of the impact of drought and responses from these varying conditions can provide better insights than studies of individual countries conducted separately.