Aung Tun Oo

Ph.D. Candidate

Bio

Aung Tun OoAung Tun Oo obtained the degree of Agricultural Science in 2008, with a specialization in soil and water management from Yezin Agricultural University, Myanmar. In 2011, he further obtained a diploma in Agricultural Business Management at Ruppin Academic Center in Israel. Then he moved to Ghent where he obtained the degree of International Master of Science in Rural Development (IMRD) at Ghent University in 2014. In October 2014, he could start his PhD research at the Department of Agricultural Economics, Ghent University as PhD student, funded by the World Wide Fund For Nature (WWF) _Russell E. Train Education for Nature Program (EFN). His research areas are agricultural economics, natural resource management and rural development. From 2012-2016, he served as Erasmus Mundus Country Representative for Myanmar. Currently, he serves as a Country Representative of Young Professionals for Agriculture and Rural Development (YPARD) for Myanmar.

Research

Title: Characterizing farm households’ vulnerability and adaptation to climate change in Myanmar

Myanmar is ranked as one of the most vulnerable countries with respect to the adverse effects of climate change and natural hazards. Especially  farm households are highly vulnerable to the negative effects of climate change. The climate change vulnerability of farm households is determined by the adaptive capacity of these households. Next to that other factors such as social and economic characteristics of farm’s household and institutional factors are also affecting the vulnerability. The objective of my research is to provide understanding on the climate change vulnerability of farm households and their coping strategies at farm-level. Farmers’ choices for adaptation strategies are influenced by many factors including the practical availability and socioeconomic conditions of the farmers. They are moreover influenced by the perception about climate change and by the specific problems prevailing in the farming systems. The second objective of this study is to provide information related to climate change adaptation strategies at farm-level. In the light of the changing climate, Myanmar lacks detailed predictions of climate change and of the  impacts on agriculture. Therefore, an additional assessment has been carried out to estimate the climatic and non-climatic determinants of farm profitability of farm households in the central dry zone of Myanmar. The  impacts of climate change on agricultural performance are projected using a Ricardian model.

Publications

Ghent University Academic Bibliography

Keywords

Climate Change, Vulnerability, Adaptation Strategies, Myanmar, Ricardian model

Contact

Aung Tun Oo
Aungtun.Oo@UGent.be
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9000 Gent, Belgium
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