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Robustness of livestock farmers to climate variability: a case study in Uruguay


Picasso, VD and Astigarraga, L and Buffa, I and Sotelo, D and Americo, G and Terra, R and van Oort, PAJ and Meinke, H, Robustness of livestock farmers to climate variability: a case study in Uruguay, 5th World Congress on Conservation Agriculture Incorporating 3rd Farming Systems Design Conference, 26-29 September 2011, Brisbane, Australia (2011) [Conference Extract]

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Increased awareness about climate change has motivated farmers, researchers, and policy makers worldwide to design "climate robust farming systems" that may be at the same time productive and sustainable in face of climatic risks, including climate change (Meinke et al., 2006). The terms stability, resilience, robustness, resistance, among others, are used widely in the literature to refer generally to the capacity to respond to risks, but often with unclear meanings and sometimes conflicting definitions (Grimm and Wissel, 1997). Operational definitions and quantitatively measures for these concepts are urgently needed in order to design climate robust systems and empirically compare systems with different robustness levels. Furthermore, it is relevant to understand how robustness is affected by technological and structural features of farming systems such as farm size, resources, inputs (Reidsma et al., 2007). In this paper we propose operational indicators to quantify robustness dimensions at the farm level and test the hypotheses that structural and technological features of farms impact climate robustness using past data from a group of livestock farms in Uruguay.

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Item Type:Conference Extract
Keywords:resilience, variability, response
Research Division:Agricultural, Veterinary and Food Sciences
Research Group:Agriculture, land and farm management
Research Field:Agriculture, land and farm management not elsewhere classified
Objective Division:Animal Production and Animal Primary Products
Objective Group:Livestock raising
Objective Field:Livestock raising not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:Meinke, H (Professor Holger Meinke)
ID Code:70206
Year Published:2011
Deposited By:Tasmanian Institute of Agriculture
Deposited On:2011-06-07
Last Modified:2014-04-02

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