African Journal of
Agricultural Research

  • Abbreviation: Afr. J. Agric. Res.
  • Language: English
  • ISSN: 1991-637X
  • DOI: 10.5897/AJAR
  • Start Year: 2006
  • Published Articles: 6626

Full Length Research Paper

Climate change and adaptation of small-scale cattle and sheep farmers

  B. Mandleni and F.D. K. Anim*        
Department of Agriculture, Animal Health and Human Ecology, College of Agriculture and Environmental Sciences, University of South Africa, Florida Campus, Private Bag X6 Florida 1710, South Africa.
Email: [email protected]

  •  Accepted: 24 November 2010
  •  Published: 05 May 2012



The study was conducted in the Eastern Cape Province of South Africa during the period 2005 to 2009 to investigate factors that affected the decision of small-scale farmers who kept cattle and sheep. The Binary Logistic Regression model was used to investigate farmers’ decision. The results implied that a large number of socio-economic variables affected the decision of farmers on adaptation to climate change. It was concluded that the most significant factors affecting climate change and adaptation were non-farm income, type of weather perceived, livestock ownership, distance to weather stations, distance to input markets, adaptation strategies and annual average temperature. It was recommended that a comparison of the decision to adapt to climate change be investigated further in other areas of similar agro-ecological conditions to ascertain the findings of the study.


Key words: Climate change, small-scale cattle and sheep farming, Binary logistic model.