Rapid participatory system mapping builds agri-food system resilience: evidence from Nigeria

Fanen Terdoo*, G. Feola

*Corresponding author for this work

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Abstract

Participatory methods can be used to build food system resilience. However, it is widely acknowledged that these methods are usually highly time and resource consuming, which reduces their applicability. This study developed a novel rapid participatory system mapping method to elicit system conceptualizations from distinct value chain actors. This study also tested the method in a case study of rice value chains in Benue State, Nigeria. Participant evaluations of the rapid participatory system mapping method provide evidence of this method’s potential to contribute to resilience building by facilitating social learning, informing better decision making, and promoting community problem solving. These contributions especially strengthen the two resilience factors of social self-organization and reflective and shared learning. This novel rapid participatory system mapping method can be used in the future as a self-standing research approach, or to complement other participatory methods of food system resilience building.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)63-75
Number of pages13
JournalAfrican Geographical Review
Volume40
Issue number1
Early online date14 May 2020
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2021

Keywords

  • System dynamics
  • soft systems methodology
  • rapid rural appraisal
  • Africa

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