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Exploring attributes of resilience: robustness, adaptability and transformation in East Anglian farmer narratives

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  • UserProfessor Peter Midmore - Emeritus Professor of Economics & Susan Fowler Research Associate both of Aberystwyth Business School
  • ClockWednesday 16 October 2019, 16:00-17:00
  • HouseMill Lane Cambridge Lecture Room 9.

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We explore how farm systems can be resilient in the face of socio-economic, ecological and institutional pressures by identifying and analysing critical decision points in their life histories. We gathered narrative biographies from nine East Anglian arable farmers, and used thematic qualitative analysis to identify shocks, cycles and trends affecting farm businesses and how they respond. Analysis reveals different approaches to risk alleviation, suggesting that farm systems are ill-equipped for a rapid move away from direct payments, and unpreparedness for climate-change. Our talk will describe why and how we conducted the study, the major insights that emerge from it, and what might be done to make farms more resilient. Coherent strategies are required to support intergenerational transition on farms.

This talk is part of the Land Economy Seminars Michaelmas 2019 series.

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