Wednesday, October 11, 2017

The prospects of terrace agriculture as an adaptation to climate change in Latin America

A paper I co-authored with Dr. Bocco regarding the potential role of terrace agriculture in helping peasant farmers cope with the effects of climate change was just published in Geography Compass

The prospects of terrace agriculture as an adaptation to climate change in Latin America

Gerardo Bocco and Brian M. Napoletano

Geography Compass 11(10): e12330
DOI: 10.1111/gec3.12330

Abstract
This paper analyzes slope management through terrace agriculture in
Latin America's hilly to mountainous terrain to assess the practice's
potential role in climate-change adaptation in the region. We review the
historical geography of slope management in variable climates and
highlight the role of social, rural innovation, and hybrid knowledge in
the face of climate change's effects on agriculture. Although the
literature on terrace agriculture in the region is extensive, further
research is needed to better foresee the future of terrace agriculture,
particularly in terms of its role in facing sustainability challenges
posed by future climate change.