Food Animal Production and Local Community Relationships

There are interrelationships between food animal production, local resources (like water and energy) and local communities that ultimately influence local decision-making, local economy, animal numbers, and social acceptance overtime for a county or region within a state (Figure 1).

Your challenge is to create a model(s) of relationships between food animal production, local resources, and local communities that identify opportunities for stability and resilience in these relationships for a series of counties in a region or state.

Your objectives are to:

  1. Identify factors that influence, or are affected by, food animal production for several counties in a state or region;
  2. Document the historical cause-effect relationships that influenced any observed change in livestock development among counties;
  3. Provide recommendations for processes that influence stability in the relationships and resilience in the system/community (and define the scope of recommendation).

The Deliverables

As a team, the cohort will produce the following products and takeaways from this challenge.

  • Plans for team communication and stakeholder engagement that can be adapted for future applications in a participant’s own work;
  • A model of relationships between food animal production, local resources, and local communities that demonstrates integrating qualitative and quantitative data in a system model;
  • A presentation of the model and recommendations designed for community leaders;
  • A presentation of the model and recommendations at the INFEWS-ER symposium in the Spring of 2020; and
  • A summary report for the advisors/INFEWS-ER on the process and results.

For More Information

Each advisor is happy to discuss the challenge in more detail.

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