Adaptive governance and resilience capacity of farms: the fit between farmers’ decisions and agricultural policies

Manevska-Tasevska, Gordana, Petitt, Andrea, Larsson, Sara, Bimbilovski, Ivan, Meuwissen, Miranda, Feindt, Peter H. and Urquhart, Julie ORCID: 0000-0001-5000-4630 (2021) Adaptive governance and resilience capacity of farms: the fit between farmers’ decisions and agricultural policies. Frontiers in Environmental Science, 9. Art 668836. doi:10.3389/fenvs.2021.668836

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Abstract

Greater resilience is needed for farms to deal with shocks and disturbances originating from economic, environmental, social and institutional challenges, with resilience achieved by adequate adaptive governance. This study focuses on the resilience capacity of farms in the context of multi-level adaptive governance. We define adaptive governance as adjustments in decision-making processes at farm level and policy level, through changes in management practices and policies in response to identified challenges and the delivery of desired functions (e.g. private and public goods) to be attained. The aim of the study is twofold. First, we investigate how adaptive governance processes at farm level and policy level influence the resilience capacity of farms in terms of robustness, adaptability and transformability. Second, we investigate the “fit” between the adaptive governance processes at farm level and policy level to enable resilience. We study primary egg and broiler production in Sweden taking into consideration economic, social and environmental challenges. We use semi-structured interviews with 17 farmers to explain the adaptive processes at farm level and an analysis of policy documents from the Common Agricultural Policy program 2014–2020, to explain the intervention actions taken by the Common Agricultural Policy. Results show that neither the farm level nor policy level adaptive processes on their own have the capacity to fully enable farms to be robust, adaptable and transformable. While farm level adaptive processes are mainly directed toward securing the robustness and adaptability of farms, policy level interventions are targeted at enabling adaptability. The farm- and the policy level adaptive processes do not “fit” for attaining robustness and transformability.

Item Type: Article
Article Type: Article
Subjects: S Agriculture > S Agriculture (General)
S Agriculture > S Agriculture (General) > S560 Farm Economics
Divisions: Schools and Research Institutes > Countryside and Community Research Institute
Research Priority Areas: Place, Environment and Community
Depositing User: Rhiannon Goodland
Date Deposited: 02 Jul 2021 15:46
Last Modified: 01 Aug 2021 22:16
URI: http://eprints.glos.ac.uk/id/eprint/9921

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