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Research article - Peer-reviewed, 2021

Adaptive Governance and Resilience Capacity of Farms: The Fit Between Farmers’ Decisions and Agricultural Policies

Manevska Tasevska, Gordana; Petitt, Andrea; Larsson, Sara; Bimbilovski, Ivan; Meuwissen, Miranda P. M.; Feindt, Peter H.; Urquhart, Julie

Abstract

Greater resilience is needed for farms to deal with shocks and disturbances originating from economic, environmental, social and institutional challenges, with resilience achieved by adequate adaptive governance. This study focuses on the resilience capacity of farms in the context of multi-level adaptive governance. We define adaptive governance as adjustments in decision-making processes at farm level and policy level, through changes in management practices and policies in response to identified challenges and the delivery of desired functions (e.g. private and public goods) to be attained. The aim of the study is twofold. First, we investigate how adaptive governance processes at farm level and policy level influence the resilience capacity of farms in terms of robustness, adaptability and transformability. Second, we investigate the “fit” between the adaptive governance processes at farm level and policy level to enable resilience. We study primary egg and broiler production in Sweden taking into consideration economic, social and environmental challenges. We use semi-structured interviews with 17 farmers to explain the adaptive processes at farm level and an analysis of policy documents from the Common Agricultural Policy program 2014–2020, to explain the intervention actions taken by the Common Agricultural Policy. Results show that neither the farm level nor policy level adaptive processes on their own have the capacity to fully enable farms to be robust, adaptable and transformable. While farm level adaptive processes are mainly directed toward securing the robustness and adaptability of farms, policy level interventions are targeted at enabling adaptability. The farm- and the policy level adaptive processes do not “fit” for attaining robustness and transformability.

Keywords

CAP; Sweden; resilience capacity; farms; adaptive governance

Published in

Frontiers in Environmental Science
2021, volume: 9, article number: 668836

Authors' information

Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Department of Economics
Petitt, Andrea
Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Department of Economics
Petitt, Andrea
Uppsala University
Larsson, Sara
Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Department of Economics
Bimbilovski, Ivan
University for Information Science and Technology "St. Paul the Apostle"
Meuwissen, Miranda P. M.
Wageningen University and Research
Feindt, Peter H.
Humboldt University of Berlin
Urquhart, Julie
University of Gloucestershire

Sustainable Development Goals

SDG8 Promote sustained, inclusive and sustainable economic growth, full and productive employment and decent work for all

UKÄ Subject classification

Agricultural Science
Business Administration

Publication Identifiers

DOI: https://doi.org/10.3389/fenvs.2021.668836

URI (permanent link to this page)

https://res.slu.se/id/publ/112189