Learning to change farming and water management practices in response to the challenges of climate change and sustainability

Blackmore, Chris (2014). Learning to change farming and water management practices in response to the challenges of climate change and sustainability. Outlook on Agriculture, 43(3) pp. 173–178.

DOI: https://doi.org/10.5367/oa.2014.0169

Abstract

Extremes of wet and dry weather experienced in the UK in recent years have raised many questions and issues about traditional water management and farming practices. Farm infrastructure and traditional machinery have been found to be limited when addressing these issues, which include increases in flooding, diffuse pollution and the inability to access land to carry out basic farming operations. This paper reviews reactions to these issues from those tasked with addressing them in the short and long term. Drawing on theories of learning systems, it considers the nature of some of the learning that has taken place and what kinds of social infrastructure can support such learning. Implications for future learning system design are discussed. Key examples are drawn from two research contexts, one concerned with a new generation of agricultural machines and the other with water management, governance and climate adaptation.

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