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Research in Rural Sociology and Development

ISSN: 1057-1922
Series editor(s): Professor Terry Marsden

Subject Area: Sociology and Public Policy

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Introduction: Emerging Challenges, New Policy Frameworks and the Resilience of Agriculture

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Title:Introduction: Emerging Challenges, New Policy Frameworks and the Resilience of Agriculture
Author(s):Reidar Almås, Hugh Campbell
Volume:18 Editor(s): Reidar Almås, Hugh Campbell ISBN: 978-1-78052-348-4 eISBN: 978-1-78052-349-1
Citation:Reidar Almås, Hugh Campbell (2012), Introduction: Emerging Challenges, New Policy Frameworks and the Resilience of Agriculture, in Reidar Almås, Hugh Campbell (ed.) Rethinking Agricultural Policy Regimes: Food Security, Climate Change and the Future Resilience of Global Agriculture (Research in Rural Sociology and Development, Volume 18), Emerald Group Publishing Limited, pp.1-22
DOI:10.1108/S1057-1922(2012)0000018003 (Permanent URL)
Publisher:Emerald Group Publishing Limited
Article type:Chapter Item

Purpose – This chapter introduces the book collection and sets the theoretical framework for the subsequent chapters.

Design/methodology/approach – The approach of the book is to re-interpret major challenges to global agriculture – particularly climate change and the food crisis of 2008 – as demonstrating shocks to the resilience of global food systems.

Findings – Using resilience to shocks as a key quality of food systems enables recent crises to be understood as central to the ongoing dynamics of food systems rather than simply atypical events. Alongside climate change and food security, other potential shocks are identified: biosecurity, energy, financial and volcanic.

Originality/value – This framework establishes new criteria for examining the potential merit of multifunctional and neo-liberal policy regimes with world food systems.

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