Lessons from the entanglement of adaptive capacity and response in a complex agricultural systems: Evidence from a coffee landscape in Vietnam
Maskell Gina1, Roopam Shukla1, Thanh Nguyen2, Christoph Gornott1,2
1Potsdam institute for climate impact research (PIK), Climate Resilience, Germany
Capacities to adapt to a changing climate are differentiated by ecological, social and individual factors, varying over time and space. Adaptive capacity can be conceptualised as the ameliorative component of vulnerability and as the enabling precursor to prepare, respond, adjust, and cope under stress or change. Assessment of adaptive capacity (and vulnerability) are often critiqued for “promoting a static understanding of human-environment interactions” and there are numerous calls to integrate temporal and spatial scale dynamics into their assessment. We look to derive temporally and spatially dynamic indicators to assess adaptive capacity in a complex agricultural system (as contributing within a vulnerability framework). Within this framework, we attempt to better formulate the [spatio-temporal] pathways between adaptive capacity and adaptive response, as illustrated by the uptake of intercropping in coffee systems the Central Highlands of Vietnam.
Keywords: Adaptive capacity, agroforestry, climate adaptation, coffee, intercropping, Vietnam
Contact Address: Maskell Gina, Potsdam institute for climate impact research (PIK), Climate Resilience, Ritterlandweg 9, 13409 Berlin, Germany, e-mail: maskellpik-potsdam.de