Linking Food and Water Access, Community Change and Hydro-Climactic Variability

Type: Paper
Sponsor Groups: Political Geography Specialty Group, Hazards, Risks, and Disasters Specialty Group, Water Resources Specialty Group
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Day: 4/13/2018
Start / End Time: 1:20 PM / 3:00 PM (MDT)
Room: Mid-City, Sheraton, 8th Floor
Organizers: Christopher Bacon, Iris Stewart-Frey, Lisa Kelley
Chairs: Christopher Bacon


Although there is a growing interest in linking access to land, food and water in the context of climate change and multiple hazards, there are few integrated studies, with particularly little work integrating biophysical analyses with critical social science (Castree et al. 2015; Davidson, 2015; Zimmerer and Vanek, 2016; Romero-Lankao et al., 2017). This panel proposes a series of papers that address this gap, exploring approaches to an analysis of food and water scarcity (Wutich and Brewis 2014) and reduce disaster risk and integrate biophysical science with frameworks from social science, including critical work on adaptation, vulnerability and/or livelihoods (Tanner et al. 2015). We are particularly interested in methods which jointly assess household food and water insecurity, their interconnections, and their connections to questions of gender and empowerment. We are also interested in work exploring patterns in land tenure and how food and water access relates to agriculture, food systems, hydro-climatic change, and/or research informed by participatory action or feminist research methods. We also invite critical perspectives on agrarian and urban change, including work on alternative local food networks, agroecology, or food sovereignty initiatives, and/or work seeking to understand the connections between farm diversification, dietary diversity and food insecurity.

Castree, N., Adams, W.M., Barry, J., Brockington, D., B├╝scher, B., Corbera, E., Demeritt, D., Duffy, R., Felt, U., Neves, K. and Newell, P., 2014. Changing the intellectual climate. Nature climate change, 4(9), p.763.
Davidson, D., 2016. Gaps in agricultural climate adaptation research. Nature Climate Change, 6, pp.433-435.
Romero-Lankao, P., McPhearson, T. and Davidson, D.J., 2017. The food-energy-water nexus and urban complexity. Nature Climate Change, 7, pp.233-235.
Tanner, T., Lewis, D., Wrathall, D., Bronen, R., Cradock-Henry, N., Huq, S., Lawless, C., Nawrotzki, R., Prasad, V., Rahman, M.A. and Alaniz, R., 2015. Livelihood resilience in the face of climate change. Nature Climate Change, 5(1), p.23.
Wutich , A. and A. Brewis. 2014 Food, Water, and Scarcity: Toward a Broader Anthropology of Resource Insecurity. Current Anthropology. 55(4), pp. 444-468.
Zimmerer, K.S. and Vanek, S.J. 2016. Toward the integrated framework analysis of linkages among agrobiodiversity, livelihood diversification, ecological systems, and sustainability amid global change. Land, 5(2), doi:10.3390/land5020010


Type Details Minutes Start Time
Presenter Diego Pedreros*, United States Geological Survey, Chrisopher Funk, United States Geological Survey, Peter Peterson, CHG, Gregary Husak, UCSB/CHG, Advances in Building Climate Service Capacities using the FEWS NET Data and Tools 20 1:20 PM
Presenter Ilyun Koh*, Boston University, Rachael Garrett, Boston Univesity, Anthony Janetos, Boston University, Assessment of climate vulnerability on the Brazilian coffee farms 20 1:40 PM
Presenter Miriam Gay-Antaki*, Colorado College, Grounding Gender and Climate Change: A Reflexive Research Approach in Oaxaca, Mexico 20 2:00 PM
Introduction Christopher Bacon Santa Clara University 10 2:20 PM
Discussant Iris Stewart-Frey Santa Clara University 10 2:30 PM

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