Adaptive Problem

Complex, adaptive problems are ones where a one-size-fits-all, top-down approach cannot be applied, where conditions vary unpredictably over time, circumstance or space. Unlike “technical problems” which can be well defined, whose solutions are known and where the necessary individual or organizational expertise and capacity is available to solve them, adaptive problems are complex, requiring ongoing assessment, readjustment and coordination between multiple parties. Due to the complex and dynamic nature of agri-food systems and their interrelated social, economic and environmental dimensions, in some sense all “good” food system solutions are or should be adaptive to some degree, suited to local needs, assets and conditions. 

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