Besides risk studies that dwell on natural disasters such as typhoons, earthquakes, tsunamis, and volcanic eruptions impacting different actors, there are also many studies on human and plant diseases affecting communities.
In this seminar, Marilou Montiflor discusses a situation wherein actors try to come to grips with an emerging risk with characteristics that are mainly hidden and unknown. She will explore whether cognition could be a central and significant factor in responding to this risk. The case is the spread of banana disease Fusarium oxysporum f.sp.cubense Tropical Race 4 (TR4).
Involved actors are large-scale export plantations, contract farmers, smallholder farmers, and backyard producers in a major banana producing region in the Philippines. Conceptually, she will discuss ‘coordination’ as an institutionalized response where most of the boundaries and roles are defined.