ADSS Special Graduate Seminar | Willingness to Pay for a Planned Adaptation Program to Climate Change of Farmers in Dumangas, Iloilo, Philippines: Evidence from a contingent valuation survey
By Gay D. Defiesta
Educational attainment, farm area, farm income , farm experience, knowledge about climate change, and access to credit influence Dumangas farmers' willingness to pay for a planned adaptation program to climate change. SEARCA PhD scholar and Assistant Professor Gay D. Defiesta of the College of Arts and Sciences, University of the Philippines-Visayas shared these, as part of her dissertation during SEARCA’s Special Graduate Seminar Series held on 24 April 2012.
Due to its geographical location and level of economic development, the Philippines faces the challenges of climate change, thus, making adaptation programs necessary. The country’s agriculture sector, particularly its poor farmers, will suffer most from climate change unless measures to mitigate its effects are done. Coastal towns like Dumangas in Iloilo are more vulnerable to these effects. Given this scenario, Defiesta investigated if farmers are willing to pay to reduce their vulnerability, and if so, how much do they value a planned adaptation program to climate change that will specifically address their needs.
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