The social side of agroecological systems: farmers' adaptation capacity

Ricart, Sandra, Ingram, Julie ORCID: 0000-0003-0712-4789, Reddy, A Amarender, Cradock-Henry, Nicholas A. and Kirk, Nicholas (2023) The social side of agroecological systems: farmers' adaptation capacity. Frontiers in Agronomy, 5. doi:10.3389/fagro.2023.1298312

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The impacts and implications of climate change are increasingly evidenced by gradual rising temperatures, irregular rainfall, and the potential for more frequent and extreme, even sequential and cascading events (Raymond et al., 2020). These changes are projected to adversely affect agroecological systems and their contribution to food security, water management, and ecosystem functioning and provisioning through reduced tolerance of these systems to biotic and abiotic stresses (Twecan et al., 2022; Semeraro et al., 2023). Evidence of these impacts are documented by science, but are also socially perceived through individual and collective perspectives (Azeem and Alhafi-Alotaibi, 2023). Individuals socially construct risk and determine how to deal with it (Tiet et al., 2022). Although risk awareness is considered necessary in the first stages of the adaptation process to reduce risk exposure (Akano et al., 2022), weather variability can make it difficult to detect long-term trends, leading to divergent perceptions of climate change (Ricart et al., 2023). Furthermore, observations are spaced over time and individual and collective experiences of past events can be faulty or uncertain (Song et al., 2021). For example, concern about climate change can vary due to perception of scale: local problems often seem more urgent; while recent effects, and the occurrence of extreme meteorological events, can rapidly increase risk perception (Savari et al., 2023).

Item Type: Article
Article Type: Editorial
Uncontrolled Keywords: Agroecological systems; Adaptive capacity; Resilient landscapes; Agricultural innovation; Extension programs, Hydrosocial territories; Climate change
Subjects: S Agriculture > S Agriculture (General) > S589.7 Agricultural ecology (General)
Divisions: Schools and Research Institutes > Countryside and Community Research Institute
Research Priority Areas: Place, Environment and Community
Depositing User: Marie Steytler
Date Deposited: 13 Oct 2023 14:05
Last Modified: 13 Oct 2023 14:15

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