Socioecological Interactions Amid Global Change

C.J.M. Almekinders, G.D. Stone, M. Baranski, J.A. Carney, J. Hanspach, V.V. Krishna, J. Ramirez-Villegas, J. van Etten, K.S. Zimmerer

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How a group relates to agrobiodiversity differs greatly within and between user groups. This chapter explores the socioecological changes that are driven globally by migration and urbanization, agrarian change (de- and reagrarianization), market pressures, and climate. It introduces the concepts of intentionality by default and conscious intentionality to explore how two archetypical smallholder farmer groups, traditional/Indigenous and neoagrarian farmers, use agrobiodiversity. These groups represent the extremes of smallholder farmers for whom agrobiodiversity plays an important role in their lives. To increase understanding of how the use of agrobiodiversity can vary in response to the effects of global change, knowledge gaps and entry points are identified for different groups of actors (e.g., smallholder farmers, public breeders, private companies, NGOs, international organizations, and governments). Current drivers of global change affect these groups on a local level in unique ways, and responding to them provides the potential for novel initiatives that can form the basis for a compelling overarching narrative to support the use of agrobiodiversity in multiple ways. Such a narrative would connect the wide diversity of agrobiodiversity users and provide a critical mass to reinforce ongoing efforts to find solutions to the challenges of global change. Important gaps in our knowledge remain to be considered by this new, integrative science, including the way in which participation and empowerment of vulnerable groups will be incorporated.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationAgrobiodiversity Integrating Knowledge for a Sustainable Future
EditorsK.S. Zimmerer, S. de Haan
PublisherMIT Press
ISBN (Print)9780262038683
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2019

Publication series

NameStrüngmann Forum Reports

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