Livelihoods and Perceptions of Climate Change among Dairy Farmers in the Andes: Implications for Climate Education

Julio C. Vargas-Burgos, Marco Heredia-R, Yenny Torres, Laura Puhl, Biviana N. Heredia, Jhenny Cayambe, Julio Hernán-González, Alexandra Torres, Marcelo Luna, Theofilos Toulkeridis, Bolier Torres

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Climate change mainly affects the production and consumption systems associated with food, livelihoods, production (e.g., reduced milk production), water, and land use. The role of local knowledge is recognized as important for decision-making under changing circumstances. This study was conducted in the northern part of the Ecuadorian Andes using a sample of 170 dairy-cattle-farming households. The objectives were to: (i) characterize the rural livelihoods of dairy cattle farmers; (ii) evaluate access to climate information and perceptions of climate change; and (iii) determine the relationship between livelihoods and perceptions of climate change. Significant differences were identified between the groups evaluated in relation to the dairy farmers’ livelihoods. In addition, 85.29% of the respondents indicated that climate information is important, but 67.83% did not trust the sources of information. It was found that there is a significant relationship between the level of education and age with the variables of climate change perceptions. This combined knowledge will allow people to promote agri-environmental and educational policies to achieve climate literacy at a rural level.

Idioma originalInglés
Número de artículo13157
PublicaciónSustainability (Switzerland)
EstadoPublicada - sep. 2023

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