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

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: 5:20 PM / 7:00 PM (MDT)
Room: Balcony M, Marriott, River Tower Elevators, 4th Floor
Organizers: Russell Hedberg, Megan Baumann
Chairs: Megan Baumann


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.


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