Impacts and effects of government regulation on farmers' responses to drought: A case study of North China Plain
Li Xiaoyun1,2,3; Yang Yu1,2,3; Liu Yi1,2,3; Liu Hui1,2,3
Corresponding AuthorYang Yu(yangyu@igsnrr.ac.cn) ; Liu Yi(liuy@igsnrr.ac.cn)
AbstractFrequent extreme weather events like drought, etc. in the context of climate change present huge challenges to agricultural production. To find out if farmers have taken measures against them and identify governments' impact on their response measures are the foundation of and key to further improving relevant policies and farmers' responsiveness. Taking the North China Plain as an example, the study analyzes farmers' responses to frequent climate change-induced drought, and assesses the impacts of governments' early-warning, policy support and other factors on farmers' responses based on questionnaire survey data and an econometric approach. The results show that: (1) Farmers are responsive to drought, and they are more likely to take measures as the degree of drought deepening. (2) Governments' regulation affects farmers' responses, although only part of its regulation measures has remarkable effects. Governments' early-warning messages can increase the possibility of farmers' responding to drought, however, only when they get the early-warning in all the processes including before, during, and after disasters can the effects be significant. Currently, as the primary channel through which early-warning information is released, television cannot change farmers' behaviors significantly. Early-warning is most effective when spread via two or more types of channels. In addition, governments' (especially town and village level institutions') policy support has certain impacts on farmers' responses to drought, yet with less prominent effects in disaster years than in normal years; to provide subsidies, as a regulation measure, can encourage farmers' initiative a lot in adopting response measures, but most of the farmers haven't got support from any institutions. Both the structure and strength of government regulation need to be improved. (3) Farmers with different conditions respond differently. Farmer households in irrigation areas, those whose farmland is lower fragmented, and those with numerous agricultural family members tend to take response measures. The study can provide scientific reference to the making of relevant regulation policies under the background of acidifications.
Keywordgovernment regulation drought farmer households response behaviors North China Plain
Indexed BySCI
Funding ProjectNational Natural Science Foundation of China[41430636] ; National Natural Science Foundation of China[41590841] ; National Program on Key Basic Research Project (973 Program)[2012CB95570001]
Funding OrganizationNational Natural Science Foundation of China ; National Program on Key Basic Research Project (973 Program)
WOS Research AreaPhysical Geography
WOS SubjectGeography, Physical
WOS IDWOS:000411879600004
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Document Type期刊论文
Corresponding AuthorYang Yu; Liu Yi
Affiliation1.Chinese Acad Sci, Inst Geog Sci & Nat Resources Res, Beijing 100101, Peoples R China
2.Chinese Acad Sci, Key Lab Reg Sustainable Dev Modeling, Beijing 100101, Peoples R China
3.Univ Chinese Acad Sci, Coll Resources & Environm, Beijing 100049, Peoples R China
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Li Xiaoyun,Yang Yu,Liu Yi,et al. Impacts and effects of government regulation on farmers' responses to drought: A case study of North China Plain[J]. JOURNAL OF GEOGRAPHICAL SCIENCES,2017,27(12):1481-1498.
APA Li Xiaoyun,Yang Yu,Liu Yi,&Liu Hui.(2017).Impacts and effects of government regulation on farmers' responses to drought: A case study of North China Plain.JOURNAL OF GEOGRAPHICAL SCIENCES,27(12),1481-1498.
MLA Li Xiaoyun,et al."Impacts and effects of government regulation on farmers' responses to drought: A case study of North China Plain".JOURNAL OF GEOGRAPHICAL SCIENCES 27.12(2017):1481-1498.
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