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Adaptive Thinking in Agriculture & Natural Resource Management: Facilitating Holistic, Dynamic and Flexible Thinking

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Agricultural and natural resource systems are inherently complex and are influenced by social, economic and environmental pressures, as well as changing climates. This paper focuses on how to develop adaptive thinking, a fundamental block for effecting change within this context. Drawing on research and interviews with program implementers, it outlines ways to foster adaptive thinking, addresses key challenges and proposes solutions for wider adoption. By designing flexible programs, focusing on transformational learning and promoting a culture of openness to change, organizations and communities can help increase the efficiency of agricultural interventions and promote enhanced resilience of the overall system.



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