The complex pathway towards farm-level sustainable intensification: an exploratory network analysis of stakeholders’ knowledge and perception

Micha, Evgenia ORCID: 0000-0002-5697-3317, Fenton, Owen, Daly, Karen, Kakonyi, Gabriella, Ezzati, Golnaz, Moloney, Thomas and Thornton, Steven (2020) The complex pathway towards farm-level sustainable intensification: an exploratory network analysis of stakeholders’ knowledge and perception. Sustainability, 12 (7). Art No. 2578. doi:10.3390/su12072578

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Abstract

Farm-level sustainable intensification of agriculture (SIA) has become an important concept to ensuring food security while minimising negative externalities. However, progress towards its achievement is often constrained by the different perceptions and goals of various stakeholders that affect farm management decisions. This study examines farm-level SIA as a dynamic system with interactive components that are determined by the interests of the stakeholders involved. A systems thinking approach was used to identify and describe the pathways towards farm-level SIA across the three main pillars of sustainability. An explanatory network analysis of fuzzy cognitive maps (FCMs) that were collectively created by representative groups of farmers, farm advisors and policy makers was performed. The study shows that SIA is a complex dynamic system, affected by cognitive beliefs and particular knowledge within stakeholder groups. The study concludes that, although farm-level SIA is a complex process, common goals can be identified in collective decision making

Item Type: Article
Article Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Sustainable intensification; Stakeholder views; Fuzzy cognitive mapping; Mental models; Network analysis
Subjects: S Agriculture > S Agriculture (General)
S Agriculture > S Agriculture (General) > S604.5 Agricultural conservation
Divisions: Schools and Research Institutes > Countryside and Community Research Institute
Research Priority Areas: Environmental Dynamics & Governance
Depositing User: Bethany Leake
Date Deposited: 27 Mar 2020 14:23
Last Modified: 18 Jun 2020 15:00
URI: http://eprints.glos.ac.uk/id/eprint/8258

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