“Economic and Social Impacts of Extreme Weather Events on the Agricultural Sector in the Lowlands of Nepal”


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Presenter:  Nanda Budhathoki

Date: Aug 25, 2017

Time: 10:00am to 11:00am

Contact person:  LEBA Research
T: 08 8946 6156
E: lebaresearch@cdu.edu.au

Location:  Savanna Room Yellow 1.2.48

CONFIRMATION OF CANDIDATURE

Doctor of Philosophy (PHD)

Thesis Abstract:
Climate change and extreme weather events present very serious global risks and need urgent global response. Least developed countries, such as Nepal, are the most vulnerable and adaptation is needed to mitigate the social, economic and ecological impacts of climate change. The proposed study will assess the economic and social impacts of three common climate change related extreme weather events (floods, cold waves, heat waves) on farming households in the low land Terai region of Nepal, as well as farmers’ adaptation measures. The Terai region of Nepal covers only 14% of the total area of Nepal but it is the most densely populated region with more than half of the total population. This region also contributes to 72% of the rice and 63% of the wheat production and is referred to as the granary of Nepal. The proposed project will employ an empirical farm household survey with 300 farmers to assess their risk perceptions towards extreme weather events, the major social/wellbeing and economic (loss in agricultural output, reduction in labour productivity) impacts of the three specific events (floods, cold spells and heat waves), and farmers’ behavioural responses to mitigate these impacts now and in the future (e.g. through adapting farm practices and purchasing insurance).

Bio:
Nanda completed his master degree in Development and Resource Economics from Norwegian University of Life Sciences (UMB) in 2009.  Along with that, he also undertook 50 credit Master and PhD’s courses on Health Economics, policy, and Management from University of Oslo in 2010. Nanda also has a Master degree in Economics from Central Department of Economics (CEDECON), Tribhuban University, Nepal.
After completing his master degree at UMB, Nanda worked as an economist in the Institute for Integrated Development Studies (IIDS) in Nepal from 2011 to 2015 and was involved in several research projects as both team leader and team member funded by various bilateral and multilateral organisations consist of JICA, UNICEF, IDRC Canada, UN Women, UNDP, TAF, ADB etc.
Along with that, Nanda was a SANDEE (South Asian Network for Development and Environmental Economics) researcher working in a two year research project “Perceptions of Climate Change, Reality, and Agricultural Practice: Evidence from Nepal” as a principal researcher.
Nanda has worked as a freelancer researcher funded by various organizations such as Lutheran World Federation (LWF), Save the Children International, and International Centre for Integrated Development and Mountain Research (ICIMOD), Swiss Development Cooperation (SDC) etc. He also has more than two years teaching experiences of teaching micro and macroeconomics for both undergraduate and graduate level in Nepal. 

Supervisors:
Dr Kerstin Zander
Dr Jonatan Lassa
Prof Douglas Paton