Researching Transitions in Agricultural Practices
Implementing innovative qualitative research methods with farmers to understand the transition to alternative agriculture in the South West of England
Published July 2023 by Arleen Lezcano
Picture 1 Participant No.1 working on the timeline while having some lunch in his kitchen
Figure 1 Timeline Participant No. 9
Figure 2 Timeline – graphic elicitation Participant no.6
About the author
My name is Arleen Lezcano, I am a Master by research student from The Cabot Institute for the environment of the University of Bristol. My study is qualitative research following an ethnographic approach combined with participant observation, walking interviews and visual methods such as graphic elicitation and timeline mapping. The central objective of my research is to analyse how alternative agriculture (organic, regenerative) can help to avoid or reduce the use of fungicides in the context of antifungal resistance. To answer this, I am identifying current barriers to transition to alternative agriculture and fungicide resistance awareness. Then, I aim to compare these barriers with the challenges that alternative farmers faced when they transitioned. Secondly, I am identifying and describing the practices that conventional and alternative farmers are currently using to deal with fungal diseases.
I have a BSc. in Environmental and Development engineering from Zamorano Agricultural University in Honduras with a diploma in adaptation to climate change. My previous research experience includes studies of water quality in Panama, vulnerability analysis of agricultural systems to climate variability in Honduras (Análisis de vulnerabilidad de sistemas agrícolas ante variabilidad climática en San Antonio de Oriente, F.M., Honduras (zamorano.edu), women's involvement in the climate Change National Communications (TNC) on Climate Change of Panama for the UNFCC.