Telling Stories – Farmers Offer New Insights into Farming Resilience

Awduron Sefydliadau
Math Erthygl
Iaith wreiddiolSaesneg
Rhif yr erthygl16856976
Tudalennau (o-i)12-17
Rhif y cyfnodolyn2
Dangosyddion eitem ddigidol (DOIs)
StatwsCyhoeddwyd - 11 Rhag 2020
Cysylltiad parhaol
Arddangos ystadegau lawrlwytho
Gweld graff cysylltiadau
Fformatau enwi


Resilience, in a farming and food system, varies through time and space, and arises from multiple interactions operating at various scales. As the articles in this issue demonstrate, it is not easy to pin down a precise, unambiguous description of resilience, and to construct a reliable and unambiguous measurement framework is even more difficult. In this article we take a different approach, starting from the basic elements of the system and learning from the experiences of farmers. Their descriptions of how they have managed critical challenges and decision points in their agricultural practice can rewardingly complement existing ideas about resilience and lead to more efficient policies targeting healthy ecosystems and future food security.
We have used a narrative approach (Jovchelovitch and Bauer, 2000; Reissman, 2008), in which farmers are invited to tell the story of their farming life and their own experiences. Narratives are usually structured around cause and effect, so the quality and configuration of the different drivers and resilience responses can be observed. Two other important advantages come from using this approach. The stories farmers tell include their choice of the events and explanations that are important to them, and allows a glimpse into their mind-set. We can identify each individual decision point as it has been explained in the context of the whole story, rather than being viewed as an isolated event. While farmers themselves do not use the formal framework of resilience analysis, as researchers we can link decision points to the elements that it comprises.