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.