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:
- Identify factors that influence, or are affected by, food animal production for several counties in a state or region;
- Document the historical cause-effect relationships that influenced any observed change in livestock development among counties;
- Provide recommendations for processes that influence stability in the relationships and resilience in the system/community (and define the scope of recommendation).
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
- Erin Cortus, University of Minnesota
- Jacek Koziel, Iowa State University
- John Classen, NC State University
- Alison Deviney, NC State University
Each advisor is happy to discuss the challenge in more detail.