Climate change and weather are central to agriculture, as they directly influence the livelihood of the people and the production of food. This Panel explores how the impact of climate change and weather is perceived and understood in agriculture-related communities in different contexts.
Agriculture occupies a central stage in the discussion of climate change, not only because it is the means of livelihood which has been directly influenced by climate change, but also because modern industrialised agriculture is regarded as part of the problem underlying climate change and other environmental issues. This intersection of agriculture and climate change is not exceptional but is commonly found in various aspects of human life, which gives the discourse on climate change a more powerful and anthropological dimension, since these aspects are both influenced by climate change and part of it. Therefore, this Panel addresses some problems pertaining to agriculture in relation to climate change at two levels. Firstly, papers in the Panel discuss various ways that climate change is experienced and perceived by people in diverse settings of agriculture and forestry. Secondly, the papers explore climate change as a narrative model in addressing agriculture-related issues. However, the forms of influence of climate change at these two levels are usually interwoven and mixed in practice, not only among agriculturalists who work with climate change and weather variants, but also among other actors such as scientists and policy makers who work on the issue of climate change and agriculture. By examining diverse cases dealing with the relationship between agriculture and climate change/weather, this Panel explicates the intersections between climate change as experienced and perceived by people in agriculture and forestry, and climate change as a model to determine and change the practices and experiences of agriculture.