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Climate Change Adaptation and Rice Processing in Ebonyi State Nigeria
 
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Department of Agriculture (Agricultural Economics and Extension Programme), Alex Ekwueme Federal University Ndufu-Alike, Ebonyi State, Nigeria
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Robert Ugochukwu Onyeneke   

Department of Agriculture (Agricultural Economics and Extension Programme), Alex Ekwueme Federal University Ndufu-Alike, Ebonyi State, Nigeria
 
 
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Climate change affects the processing node of agricultural value chains. While production is vital, there is also the need to attend to the other levels of the supply chain to ensure efficiency. This study focused on climate adaptation strategies of processors in the rice value chain, determining the factors that influence the choice of adaptation by these actors. Cross sectional data from Ebonyi State – a dominant rice producing State in Nigeria – was used for the study. The climate adaptation strategies of rice processors were identified, and the determinants of the choice of adaptation strategies were analysed using the multivariate probit regression model, allowing for interdependences of alternative strategies. The main determinants of climate adaptation strategies of rice processors were education, membership of cooperative societies, income, training on rice processing and climate risk management, experience of climate hazards, and ownership of assets. The processors faced various barriers to adoption which are mainly related to capital needs, competition from foreign brands, access to basic infrastructure and roads and information, high cost of labour. It is recommended that government support be given to the rice producing communities in terms of basic infrastructure and policies to protect the industry. Also, regular workshops/trainings should be held to train processors on best climate risk management practices and encourage registration of processor cooperatives/relevant associations.