Rice Production Vulnerability to Climate Change in Indonesia: An Overview on Community-based Adaptation

Friday, 18 December 2015
Poster Hall (Moscone South)
Anak Agung Sagung Putri Komaladara1, I Wayan Budiasa2 and I Gusti Agung Ayu Ambarawati2, (1)Udayana University, Center on Food Availability and Sustainable Improvement (CFASI), Denpasar, Indonesia, (2)Udayana University, Faculty of Agriculture, Denpasar, Indonesia
Rice remains to be a major crop and staple food in Indonesia. The task to ensure that rice production meets the demand of a growing population continues to engage the attention of national planners and policy makers. However, the adverse effects of climate change on agriculture production have presented Indonesia with yet another significant challenge. The exposure of rice crops to climate-related hazards such as temperature stress, floods, and drought, may lead to lower yield and self-sufficiency rate. This study explores the vulnerability of rice production to the effects of climate change in Indonesia. Considering the vast geographical span of the country and varying exposure, sensitivity, and adaptive capacity to climate change at regional level, this study emphasize the importance of community-based adaptation.

Results from a simulation based on production and climate data from 1984 to 2014 indicates that rice production is sensitive to variation in growing season temperature and precipitation. A projection of these climate factors in 2050 has a significant impact on the major rice crop. To manage the impact of climate change, this study turns to the potential roles of farmer organizations, such as Subak, in adaptation strategies. The Subak in Bali is recognized for its cultural and organizational framework that highlights the sharing of knowledge and local wisdom in rice production. This is demonstrated by its efficient community-based irrigation management system, leading to sustainable rice production.

Keywords: rice production, climate change, community-based adaptation, Indonesia