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Farms and farmers facing change: the adaptive approach
Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Sweden.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-8626-7288
2012 (English)In: Farming Systems Research into the 21th Century: the New Dynamic / [ed] Ika Darnhofer, David Gibbon & Benoit Dedieu, Springer, 2012, 365-386 p.Chapter in book (Other academic)
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In the last decades, there have been profound changes in the understanding of farming systems: farms are no longer seen as facing a stable environment, thus allowing a focus on optimising production systems. Rather, farms are conceptualised as evolving and adaptive, so as to be able to respond to an ever-changing environment. The adaptive approach in Farming Systems Research focuses on ensuring sufficient room to manoeuvre, identifying transition capabilities and extending the degrees of freedom. The concepts of resilience, diversity and flexibility help in understanding how to make constructive use of unforeseen change. Understanding farmers’ rationalities; the interactions between the farming family’s activities; diverse approaches to production management; farm trajectories, and options to increase farmers’ autonomy are central issues of research. Farmers face the triple challenge of ensuring liveability, making efficient use of their resources, and keeping their farms adaptive so as to find responses to both external and internal drivers of change.

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Springer, 2012. 365-386 p.
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URN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-143669DOI: 10.1007/978-94-007-4503-2_16ISBN: 978-94-007-4502-5ISBN: 978-94-007-4503-2OAI: diva2:708182

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Available from: 2014-03-26 Created: 2014-03-26 Last updated: 2015-04-29Bibliographically approved

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