African Journal of
Agricultural Research

  • Abbreviation: Afr. J. Agric. Res.
  • Language: English
  • ISSN: 1991-637X
  • DOI: 10.5897/AJAR
  • Start Year: 2006
  • Published Articles: 6638

Review

Climate change adaptation policy in Malaysia: Issues for agricultural sector

Md. Mahmudul Alam1,2*, Chamhuri Siwar1, Basri Talib3, Mazlin Mokhtar1, and Mohd Ekhwan Toriman4
1Institute for Environment and Development (LESTARI), National University of Malaysia (UKM) 43600 UKM Bangi, Selangor Darul Ehsan, Malaysia. 2Integrated Education and Research Foundation, 41/2 Purana Paltan, Dhaka, Bangladesh. 3School of Social, Development and Environmental Studies (FSSK), National University of Malaysia (UKM), 43600 UKM Bangi, Selangor, Malaysia. 4Faculty of Economics and Business, National University of Malaysia (UKM), 43600 UKM Bangi, Selangor, Malaysia.
Email: [email protected]

  •  Accepted: 19 December 2011
  •  Published: 05 March 2012

Abstract

Malaysia is one of the highly vulnerable countries due to climatic changes. Here the changes in climate factors cause adverse impacts on agricultural sustainability and relevant livelihood sustainability. To adapt to these changes a prudent adaptation policy is very important. Several countries follow different adaptation policy based on their localized socioeconomic and geographical status. While defining its adaptation policy, Malaysia also needs to consider several crucial factors. This study discusses issues relevant to the farmers’ adaptation to climate change in Malaysia and also provides few recommendations that will help policy makers to prepare the agricultural adaptation policy for climate change.

 

Key words: Agricultural sustainability, sustainable livelihood, climate change, adaptation, mitigation, policy, Malaysia.