Summary: Promising measures, including the adaptive grazing decision-making practice called holistic management (HM), are urgently sought to adapt agriculture in Eastern Australia to increasing climate variability. During a photo-elicitation process utilized to compare the landscape perceptions of HM graziers with those of more conventional graziers, HM graziers described their use of adaptive farm management techniques to gain outcomes for production and ecosystems alike, demonstrating a system-based understanding of their farms conducive to farming successfully under increased climate variability. More widespread uptake of HM practices, to adapt the industry to climate change, depends on incentives to reduce start-up costs and expand the instruction of HM principles, and removing policies that delay adoption.
Sherren, Kate, Joern Fischer, and Ioan Fazey. 2012. “Managing the grazing landscape: Insights for agricultural adaptation from a mid-drought photo-elicitation study in the Australian sheep-wheat belt.” Agricultural Systems 106 (1):72-83. doi: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.agsy.2011.11.001