Agricultural transitions in smallholder farming communities


How do environmental shocks, like earthquakes, impact on-going agricultural transitions? Rural families respond to shocks and the resulting shifting crop, labor, and ecological conditions within a complex landscape of decision variables and recovery interventions. In Dolakha district, we find that the economic and environmental co-benefits encourage the adoption of cardamom, Amomum subulatum, a high-value cash crop, which adds to an increasingly cash-oriented farming landscape. Our publication examines the "charismatic" qualities of cardamom, and the rise of cardamom as an economic strategy and development tool. 

DiCarlo, J., Epstein, K., Marsh, R., and Maren, I. 2018. Post-disaster agricultural transition. AMBIO.