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Exploring change agent strategies in navigating transformation towards safe and just agri-food systems in South Africa: A case study of the SPAR Rural hub project.
Stockholms universitet, Naturvetenskapliga fakulteten, Stockholm Resilience Centre.
2019 (Engelska)Självständigt arbete på avancerad nivå (masterexamen), 40 poäng / 60 hpStudentuppsats (Examensarbete)
Abstract [en]

A global transformation of our food systems is urgently needed to face interlinked social-ecological challenges such as food insecurity, malnutrition and environmental degradation. To meet the complexity of these challenges, multi-sector and multi-actor collaboration is required with a combined perspective on social equity and environmental sustainability, from local to global levels. Interacting key individuals, change agents, can play an important role in initiating and navigating transformative change. This thesis investigates the case study of the SPAR Rural hub project in South Africa, supported by the Dutch public-private partnership Amsterdam Initiative against Malnutrition (AIM) to explore agency within a multi-scale collaborative context.  The findings show how change agent strategies were directed towards connecting allies for change across multiple scales, at local, national and international levels, to innovate, experiment and learn as well as securing support to navigate barriers for change through the three stages of the project. These contributed to a broadened objective and to include distributive elements in the Rural hub model design. However, some risks were identified such as the fragility of the model when being further scaled. This study contributes to an understanding of strategies and processes that can potentially increase the capacity for more transformative outcomes within multi-scale collaborative contexts. However, further studies are needed to understand how these strategies can be incorporated on a higher collaborative scale, combining local to international levels as well as the skills to facilitate this diversity.  

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2019. , s. 66
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transformative capacity, safe and just food systems, change agent strategy, multi-actor collaboration
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-174738OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-174738DiVA, id: diva2:1359481
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Tillgänglig från: 2019-10-09 Skapad: 2019-10-09 Senast uppdaterad: 2019-10-09Bibliografiskt granskad

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