Salvatore Falco

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Science in 2008 to advance public and private action on climate change through innovative, rigorous research. The Centre is funded by the UK Economic and Social Research Council and has five inter-linked research programmes: 1. Developing climate science and economics 2. Climate change governance for a new global deal 3. Adaptation to climate change and(More)
Synthetic aperture radar (SAR) interferometry is a powerful technology for measuring slow terrain movements due to landslides, subsidence, and volcanic or seismic phenomena. The extraction of this information is a complex task, because the phase of the signal is measured only modulo 2S and is affected by noise and systematic terms. The persistent scatterer(More)
This article investigates the effects of wheat genetic diversity and land degradation on risk and agricultural productivity in less favoured production environments of a developing agricultural economy. Drawing production data from household and plot surveys conducted in the highlands of Ethiopia, we estimate a stochastic production function to evaluate the(More)
Science in 2008 to advance public and private action on climate change through innovative, rigorous research. The Centre is funded by the UK Economic and Social Research Council and has five inter-linked research programmes: 1. Developing climate science and economics 2. Climate change governance for a new global deal 3. Adaptation to climate change and(More)
One implication of climate change is that farmers in the horn of Africa will be more frequently exposed to droughts and floods. While adoption of certain farm management strategies reduces exposure to such shocks, the uptake of risk mitigating measures is far from complete. We explore how social capital in the form of kinship networks, characterized by the(More)
We explore if traditional sharing norms in extended kinship systems distort consumption and accumulation decisions of poor black households in Kwazulu-Natal, South Africa. Our results suggest households try to evade their " sharing obligations " by (i) accumulating durables that are non-sharable at the expense of durables that may be shared, (ii) increasing(More)
This paper concerns the patterns of food crop choice in a multicropping setting, in which production risk considerations and rainfall uncertainty are likely to be critical factors. The analysis employed plot level panel data from Ethiopia, combined with 30 year meteorological data corresponding to the survey villages used to construct seasonal and yearly(More)
This paper examines the impact of shocks on food security and the insurance role of social capital and informal social networks. In particular, by combining household panel data, weather data, self-reported shocks and detailed social capital information, the paper investigates the insurance role of social capital against covariate and idiosyncratic shocks.(More)