Socio-ecological solutions for agricultural resilience

In a changing climate, identifying agricultural management practices that support rural livelihoods and bolster the adaptive capacity of agriculture are critically needed. While my research highlights the many co-benefits – below- and above-ground – that could emerge from diversifying agricultural practices, it raises an important question: can on-farm diversification be used to make rural agricultural communities more resilient, in the face of emerging climate challenges?

Relevant publications

  • Petersen-Rockney, M.*, Bauer, P.*, Guzman, A., Bender, S.F, Calo, A., Castillo, F., De Master, K., Dumont, A., Esquivel, K., Kremen, C., LaChance, J., Mooshammer, M., Ory, J., Price, M., Socolar, Y., Stanley, P., Iles, A., Bowles, T. (2021). Adaptive Capacity Emerges from Diversifying Farming Systems. Frontiers in Sustainable Food Systems, 5, 56.

  • De Master, K.T.*, Guzman, A.*, Kremen, C., Gonthier, D., Sciligo, A. Multifunctional Maverick on the Monocultural Margins: Diversified Farming Practices Among California’s Organic Strawberry Growers. In review.
     

  • Guzman, A., Yang, P., Wagner, E., Banuelos, M., and Dalhquist-Willard, R. Agricultural resilience is attenuated by socio-political barriers for socially-disadvantaged small family farms using farm diversification practices. In prep.