Major

Environmental Science

Anticipated Graduation Year

2021

Access Type

Open Access

Abstract

This project explores different approaches to the improvement of cattle ranching in Colombia by comparing the language, practices, and motivations of three groups of participants: sustainable cattle ranching project managers, traditional and non-conventional cattle ranchers, and agroecologists. Separate semi-structured interviews were conducted with each participant. All 3 questionnaires included questions that refer to the eight key drivers of scalable agroecological movements identified by Gimenez Cacho et al (2018). The participants’ answers were qualitatively analyzed to draw differences and similarities and identify if the current strategies for the improvement of cattle ranching practices in Colombia are aligned with the ranchers’ experiences.

Faculty Mentors & Instructors

Mariana Valencia Mestre, PhD, Professor, School of Environmental Sustainability.

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Contrasting Approaches to Implementing Agroecological Cattle Ranching in Colombia

This project explores different approaches to the improvement of cattle ranching in Colombia by comparing the language, practices, and motivations of three groups of participants: sustainable cattle ranching project managers, traditional and non-conventional cattle ranchers, and agroecologists. Separate semi-structured interviews were conducted with each participant. All 3 questionnaires included questions that refer to the eight key drivers of scalable agroecological movements identified by Gimenez Cacho et al (2018). The participants’ answers were qualitatively analyzed to draw differences and similarities and identify if the current strategies for the improvement of cattle ranching practices in Colombia are aligned with the ranchers’ experiences.