A project investigated how different climate scenarios and policy interventions could affect smallholder farmers in Nepal.
In the grasslands of Nepal’s Chitwan Valley, local farmers rely on the production of rice and other grains to generate household income. But their livelihoods are under threat, as Nepal is experiencing the effects of climate change at a much faster rate than the global average.
As these effects worsen, it’s unclear what smallholder farmers in Nepal and other South Asian countries will do. They may choose to migrate or, due to a lack of resources, may be forced to live in seemingly inhospitable regions.
A project led by Princeton University researchers investigated how different climate scenarios and policy interventions could impact these smallholder farmers, or farmers who maintain less than 5 acres of land. Today, over 500 million households fall into this category.
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