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Addressing farming community resilience is a knowledge-intensive, solution-orientated approach that is likely to become increasingly attractive for research development. The dual benefits of engaged research, being research outputs and the facilitation of social networking, contribute to industry productivity, profitability and resilience. Research without engagement is unlikely to contribute to community resilience. Ongoing engagement between farmers, industry and researchers requires a focussed strategy. These strategies in turn provide opportunities to contribute significantly to the development of coordinated, bottom-up approaches that increase response capacity in adverse circumstances. As economic risk management is a critical component to agriculture resilience, the need for sustained farmer resilience may be best met through multiple dimensions of engagement that not only address external components of risk (such as flood, drought, irrigation etc.), but also intrinsic factors such as isolation, wellbeing and stress management. Taken together, building resilience in a challenging concept; however, through small-step changes in engagement and investment patterns, skills can be developed that support sustained, resilient practices.
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