Actors and their roles for improving resilience of farming systems in Europe

Soriano, Bárbara, Garrido, Alberto, Bertolozzi-Caredio, Daniele, Accatino, Francesco, Antonioli, Federico, Krupin, Vitaliy, Meuwissen, Miranda, Ollendorf, Fransiska, Rommel, Jens, Spiegel, Alisa, Tudor, Monica, Urquhart, Julie ORCID: 0000-0001-5000-4630, Vigani, Mauro ORCID: 0000-0003-2442-7976 and Bardají, Isabel (2023) Actors and their roles for improving resilience of farming systems in Europe. Journal of Rural Studies, 98. pp. 134-146. doi:10.1016/j.jrurstud.2023.02.003

12388 Soriano, Garrido, Bertolozzi-Caredio, Accatino, Antonioli, Krupin, Meuwissen, Ollendorf, Rommel, Spiegel, Tudor, Urquhart, Vigani, Bardaji (2023) Actors and their roles for improving resilience of farming systems.pdf - Published Version
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Finding pathways to enhance the resilience of farming systems (FSs) in Europe is key, given the increasing challenges threatening them. FSs are complex socio-ecological systems in which social and ecological components are strongly linked. Social actors have the capacity to shape the FSs’ resilience, but there is a knowledge gap about how they can best do it. The aim of this paper is to analyse the roles played by the actors in FSs when dealing with challenges and assess how these roles may contribute to the resilience attributes (conditions that enable resilience) and resilience capacities (robustness, adaptability, and transformability). To this end, ten focus groups have been conducted across FSs in Europe. Results suggest that each actor in the FSs can shape and strengthen different resilience attributes which in turn result in combinations of resilience capacities that are specific to the FS. Thus, enabling resilience is best accomplished with actors taking different roles and jointly configuring the most adequate combination of capacities, which differs across FSs. This paper provides a set of resilience-enabling roles that delineate the pathways to make FSs more resilient. The diversity of actors and resilience-enabling pathways require flexible, coordinated and comprehensive policies that encompass the complexity of the socio-ecological systems.

Item Type: Article
Article Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Socio-ecological systems; Multi-actor approach; Focus groups; Agriculture; Resilience attributes; Resilience capacities
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
S Agriculture > S Agriculture (General) > S560 Farm Economics
S Agriculture > S Agriculture (General) > S589.75 Agriculture and the environment
Divisions: Schools and Research Institutes > Countryside and Community Research Institute
Research Priority Areas: Place, Environment and Community
Depositing User: Bee Ray-Smallcalder
Date Deposited: 21 Feb 2023 12:16
Last Modified: 25 Sep 2023 11:12

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