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  1. A New Trans-Disciplinary Approach to Regional Integrated Assessment of Climate Impact and Adaptation in Agricultural Systems John Antle & Roberto Valdivia Deptof Applied Economics Oregon State University AAEA International Track Session, Minneapolis, MN July 29 2014

  2. AgMIP’sRIA approach: user-driven and forward looking • Key questions: • How can we do meaningfulanalysis of CC impact, adaptation and mitigation? (look forward, not backward?) • How can we communicate to decision makers? • What is meaningful? Stakeholders want to know impacts they care about => poverty, food security, health…its not just about yield or aggregate production) => What to do? What will it cost? Stakeholders = farmers, crop breeders, farm advisers, research managers, policy makers…

  3. AgMIP’sRIA approach: Key features • A protocol-based approach: rigorously documented so results can be replicated and inter-compared, and methods improved • Participatory: identification of impact indicators, choice of key systems, adaptations, design of future pathways and scenarios used • A trans-disciplinary, systems-based approach: must include key features of current and possible future systems, including multiple crops, inter-crops, livestock, and non-agricultural sources of income. • Heterogeneity: must account for the diversity of systems, and the widely varying bio-physical and socio-economic conditions • Vulnerability: must be possible to characterize the impacts on those farm households that are adversely impacted by climate change, as well as those that benefit from climate change. • Key uncertainties in climate, production system and economic dimensions of the analysis must be assessed and reported so that decision makers can understand them and use them to interpret the results of the analysis.

  4. Systems and Scales Adaptation Packages

  5. AgMIP’s Trans-disciplinary Approach to CCIA

  6. Linking Crop, Livestock and Economic Models: Importance of Heterogeneity • Hypothesis: High degree of bio-physical & socio-economic heterogeneity plays a key role in assessing CC impact, vulnerability & adaptation in ag systems • Most analysis averages data at level of political units such as counties, districts etc or larger • E.g., in US & Kenya crop-based systems: > 80% of variance in net returns/ha in farm hh populations is WITHIN such units Can have small average gain or loss but substantial vulnerability! Effect of adaptation on reduced vulnerability to loss

  7. Modeling Heterogeneous Impacts: the TOA-MD Model (tradeoffs.oregonstate.edu) • A “parsimonious” model designed for ex ante impact assessment via simulation experiments using observational, experimental and scenario data • simulates heterogeneous ag systems using the “Roy model” logic of the micro-econometrics literature • Can address the “three questions” of CCIA: • Q1: what is climate sensitivity of current systems? • Q2: what are future climate impacts w/o adaptation? • Q3: how useful are prospective adaptations in the future? • what is the economic potential for adoption of alternative systems, what are their economic, environmental and social impacts? Antle, J.M., J.J. Stoorvogel and R. Valdivia. 2014. New Parsimonious Simulation Methods and Tools to Assess Future Food and Environmental Security of Farm Populations. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B 369:20120280.

  8. The Three Questions of CCIA Key question for impact and adaptation: what is the counterfactual? Negative impacts Positive impacts

  9. Representative Ag Pathways & Scenarios • Many regional economic impact assessments impose future climate and assess adaptation under current socio-economic conditions. • Key finding of earlier global studies & AgMIP regional studies is importance of future scenarios to impact & vulnerability assessments

  10. Linking Crop, Livestock and Economic Models: Modeling Heterogeneity • Random relative yield model: • Yst = time-averaged farm-level yield for • system s = current, future, adapted • climate t = current, future • Xst = simulated value of Yst • For Q1: R1 = Xcf/Xcc • For Q2: R2 = Xff/Xcc • For Q3: R3 = Xaf/Xcc • Assume: • For Q1: Ycf = R1 x Ycc • For Q2: Yff = R2 x Ycc • For Q3: Yaf = R3 x Ycc • Use site-specific soils, climate and management data with statistical or process-based crop or livestock models to estimate Xst & generate spatial distributions of projected yields for Q1, Q2 Q3.

  11. Example: Relative wheat yield distribution and gains and losses from CC Heterogeneous region 30% gainers, 70% losers (vulnerable) TOA-MD model simulated gains and losses

  12. AgMIP Regional RIAs: Net Economic Impact vsVulnerability Each point = RCP 8.5 climate x crop model x region

  13. AgMIP Regional RIAs: Importance of Future Scenarios (RAPS) Each point = RCP 8.5 climate x crop model x region

  14. How to Communicate? => Stakeholders: need narratives (interpretation) backed up by credible analysis & data

  15. Some Key Challenges • Local-regional-global linkages across inter-related processes (disaggregation, counterfactuals, adaptation) • Climate (or weather?) variability and extremes (we can model impacts, but are climate data good enough?) • Weeds, pests and diseases (new AgMIP activity…) • Future socio-economic pathways: technology, demographics, institutions, policy … (we need serious investment in this) • Uncertainty & dimensionality: climate x bio-physical x economic

  16. AgMIP Regional RIAs: Impacts of Climate Change in Mid-Century Q1 Q2