Social actors that can break or make sustainable agriculture

Unsustainability of agriculture can derive from decisions and choices by various social actors. Such actors can include: (1) loss-making investors who abandon farms due to low returns, (2) angry neighbours negatively affected by farming operations and engaging in silent or active conflict, (3) dissatisfied customers at the end of the value chain who reject the products and shift to alternative providers, and (4) overacting regulators who over-regulate farm activities. This policy brief focuses on the social actors whose actions can threaten farm sustainability and the several interventions that can empower farmers to deal with risks and threats through adaptive management as well as influence social actors’ behavior.

Bernard, F.; van Noordwijk, M.; Kahurani, E.;
Publications Details
Publication Type: Policy Brief
Year Published: 2014