Mainstreaming Climate Change Adaptation in the Agriculture Sector in Southeast Asia: Challenges and Lessons Learned

Mainstreaming Climate Change Adaptation in the Agriculture Sector in Southeast Asia: Challenges and Lessons Learned
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by Juan M. Pulhin
2014 | Agriculture and Development Notes Vol. 3 No. 5 | 4 pages
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  • e-ISSN 2599-3860

The warming of the climate system is unequivocal. It is with this characteristic that recent climate-related disasters, including natural hazards, global temperature rise, and extreme weather events, among many, cemented the need for implementing climate change adaptation (CCA) in the Southeast Asian region. The capacity of Southeast Asians to adapt determines the resilience of the region to cope with the current and future changes in climate. Moreover, adaptation reduces the detrimental effects of climate change, while capitalizing on opportunities and beneficial potential impacts that will diminish the vulnerability of the agriculture sector in the region. However, CCA mechanisms in agriculture, in order to maximize its effectiveness, must be mainstreamed into national and local policies highlighting the importance of integration between policy makers, researchers, and the champions of farming and fishing communities.