Masters Thesis Proposal Defense - Regis Nisengwe - May 1

Date: May 1, 2015
Location: Natural Resources RM 130

Masters Thesis Proposal Defense

Farmers’ climate risk perception and risk attitude in Northwestern Rwanda

Regis Nisengwe

Dept of Community Sustainability

Friday, May 1, 1 p.m., Natural Resources RM 130

Abstract:
Socioeconomic factors are known to be effective in predicting farmers’ behaviors in the face of uncertainty. However, a growing body of research shows that socio-economic factors alone cannot determine farmers’ behaviors. Risk perception and risk attitudes are also important factors in predicting farmers’ behaviors in the face of risk, such as that posed by climate change. Understanding farmers’ perceptions and risk attitudes is crucial for policies in order to improve both agricultural productivity and farmers’ ability to deal with climate risks. This research attempts to study farmers’ risk perceptions and risk attitudes in two locations of Northwestern Rwanda. A climate change adaptation project recently closed in one of the locations. Survey methods will be used to measure farmers’ risk perception while experimental methods will be employed to determine farmers’ risk attitude. A questionnaire will be administered to a sample of farmers from each locations to collect data about risk perception and experiments will be carried out with that sample to collect data about risk attitude. Descriptive statistics and regression analysis will be applied to study the factors that influence farmers’ risk perception and risk attitude.

Committee:
  • John Kerr

  • Maria Claudia Lopez

  • Gretchen Neisler