Framing a Resistant Food Producer Ecosystem in the Information Age

By: Zehra Güngördü   Buket Aysegül Özbakır  

Agricultural food system is challenged to feed an estimated population of 9.7 billion people by 2050 with diminishing land and water resources. Furthermore, considering today's community structure, it is not an easy task to describe the complex ties between food, nature, economy and culture. Current links between development and the agricultural food research tend to follow either a formal policy framework (through social and ecological analysis of agricultural systems independently from each other) or a complex socio-ecological systems based policy. However, as the world experiences a significant transition into a new era where networked organizations and knowledge-intense structures are observed, factors of agricultural production also require substantial and innovative frameworks. This paper will attempt to analyze the changing façade of the agricultural ecosystem in Turkey in the information age through the new and the old players of the game: traditional farmers and the networked farmers through a social media analysis and deep interviews. Ranked 1st in Europe and 7th in the world by agricultural production, Turkey has a fast-growing food market. Due to the challenges of the new era, a resistant ecosystem which can transfer the know-how between the traditional and the new farming system will be a focus point.

"Networked Farmers", " Social Media Analysis"
2018 Special Focus: Digital Food Cultures
Paper Presentation in a Themed Session

Research Assistant Zehra Güngördü

Güngördü has received her B.Sc. degree from City and Regional Planning from YTU in 2013. In 2001, she completed her masters degree in Mersin University Art Faculty City and Regional Planning Department with the thesis: “The Assessment Of Change In Urban Identity By Functions: Antakya-Uzun Çarşı (Traditional Bazaar) As Case Study”. She has been working as an academic staff of the Mustafa Kemal University, Faculty of Architecture – City and Regional Planning Department since 2014 and she has been studying as a doctorate student at Yıldız Technical University since 2016. Her specialization fields are: Urban Identity Sustainable Urban and Rural Development Social Innovation in Planning Legal and Administrative Dimensions of Planning

Assoc. Prof. Buket Aysegül Özbakır

Aysegul OZBAKIR has received her B.Sc. degree from City and Regional Planning from METU in 1998. In 2001, she completed her masters degree in GGIT (Geodetic & Geographical Information Technologies) with the thesis: “Monitoring Urban Land Cover/Use Changes through GIS and RS Integration: A Case Study in Elmalı Catchment Area”. She has received her PhD from University of Ottawa, Canada, with the thesis: “A New Model for Quality of Urban Places: Integration of Objective and Subjective Indicators Using Information Technologies” in 2006. Between 2001-2004, she worked for an international project for the neighborhoods of Montreal Island funded by Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC). She was a GIS specialist and worked for the “Greenbelt Protection Plan of Ontario” at the Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing between 2004-2006. Currently, she is working as an Associate Professor at Yildiz Technical University, Faculty of Architecture – City and Regional Planning Department.