Farmer decision-making in a changing world: Probing the complexities of farmer action for more sustainable and just food systems - II

Type: Paper
Sponsor Groups: Geographies of Food and Agriculture Specialty Group, Cultural and Political Ecology Specialty Group, Rural Geography Specialty Group
Poster #:
Day: 4/12/2018
Start / End Time: 3:20 PM / 5:00 PM (MDT)
Room: Balcony M, Marriott, River Tower Elevators, 4th Floor
Organizers: Russell Hedberg, Megan Baumann
Chairs: Russell Hedberg


The role of the farmer is increasingly seen as a crucial component of many sustainability goals including food security/sovereignty, adaptation to climate change, agricultural sustainability, and the resilience of rural communities. This trend is evidenced by the expansion of participatory and qualitative approaches to the study of farmer decision making in recent years.

Despite the proliferation of research, the heterogeneity of farmer decision-making continues to resist formal conceptualization. Geographers have made important contributions to understandings of farmer decision-making by examining the role of structural forces, gendered social relations, farmer knowledge, and social-ecological interactions in the decision-making process. Frameworks and concepts from political ecology, science and technology studies, and feminist methodologies (among others) offer great promise for probing the interstices of farmer decision-making. Ultimately it is the confluence of seen and unseen factors that influence farmer action and the success efforts to build more sustainable and socially just systems of food production and provision.

These sessions capture the breadth of approaches and understandings of farmer decision-making and their implications for the development of sustainable food futures. Possible topics include, but are certainly not limited to: The role of farmer social networks in decision-making; Traditional knowledge and the decision-making process; Social-ecological relations and decision-making; Formal and informal seed systems and crop production; Farmer experimentation; The role of the state and NGOs in farmer decision making; The influence of agritechnologies and scientific knowledge production; Farmer experience and perception of climate change; and Critical considerations of scale and decision-making.


Type Details Minutes Start Time
Presenter Kate Munden-Dixon*, UC Davis Geography Graduate Group, Radicals ranching in California? How a new generation of ranchers are adapting to socio-economic challenges and a changing climate 20 3:20 PM
Presenter Jeff Popke*, East Carolina University, Emerging Models of Small-Scale Farming in the Caribbean: Re-making the Agrarian Metabolism? 20 3:40 PM
Presenter Vanessa Empinotti*, Federal University of ABC, Water practices under an agroneoliberal system: how farmers respond to water issues in the Agriculture Frontier of Mato Grosso, Brazil 20 4:00 PM
Presenter Chris Knudson*, University of Arizona, Zack Guido, University of Arizona, Jhannel Tomlinson, University of the West Indies, Donovan Campbell, University of the West Indies, Planning for a rainy month: How resource-constrained farmers take up climate forecasts 20 4:20 PM
Presenter Megan Baumann*, Pennsylvania State University, Farmer Seed Projects and Environmental Landscape Knowledge in Nicaragua 20 4:40 PM

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