Empirically based analysis of households coping with unexpected shocks in the central Himalayas

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  • Author: Møller, Lea Ravnkilde

    UNEP DTU Partnership, Department of Management Engineering, Technical University of Denmark, Marmorvej 51, 2100, København Ø, Denmark

  • Author: Smith-Hall, Carsten

    University of Copenhagen

  • Author: Meilby, Henrik

    University of Copenhagen

  • Author: Rayamajhi, Santosh

    Tribhuvan University, Nepal

  • Author: Herslund, Lise Byskov

    University of Copenhagen, Denmark

  • Author: Larsen, Helle Overgaard

    University of Copenhagen

  • Author: Nielsen, Øystein Juul

    International Woodland Company A/S, Denmark

  • Author: Byg, Anja

    The James Hutton Institute, United Kingdom

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Climate change may significantly impact the large number of households in developing countries depending on agricultural production, not least through changes in the frequency and/or magnitude of climatic hazards resulting in household income shocks. This paper analyses rural households’ responses to past experiences of and future expectations to substantial and unexpected negative and positive agricultural income shocks. Empirical data is derived from an environmentally-augmented structured household (n = 112) survey in the high mountains of central Nepal. Multinomial logit regression, using data on rural household demographics, assets (agricultural land, livestock), value of other assets such as furniture, bicycles, and agricultural implements, and income sources showed that household coping choices are determined by opportunities to generate cash. We argue that public policies should enhance the ability of rural household to generate cash income, including through environmental products.
Original languageEnglish
JournalClimate and Development
Number of pages10
StateAccepted/In press - 2019
CitationsWeb of Science® Times Cited: No match on DOI

    Research areas

  • Global and Planetary Change, Geography, Planning and Development, Development, Coping, livelihoods, Nepal, vulnerability
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