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Emergence of Cooperation in a Model for Agricultural Production


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  • Santiago Gil

    (Complex Systems Group, Fritz-Haber-Institute der Max-Plank-Gesellschaft)

  • Aleix Serrat-Capdevila

    (Department of Hydrology and Water Resources and SAHRA, The University of Arizona)

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    The emergence of cooperation in a model for an artificial farming society is studied here by the use of an agent-based model. The system is composed of an ensemble of N agents assumed to have equal access to water, whose availability fluctuates randomly in time. Each agent makes two decisions every sowing season regarding: (1) the type of crop mix to plant and (2) whether s/he joins, or not, a cooperative group that allocates water amongst farmers to maximize the production and share revenues equally. Results show that the degree to which farmers choose to cooperate has a strong dependency on the mean water availability. Cooperation seems to emerge as a way of adaptation to uncertain environments by which individual risk is minimized.

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    Article provided by Croatian Interdisciplinary Society Provider Homepage: in its journal Interdisciplinary Description of Complex Systems.

    Volume (Year): 8 (2010)
    Issue (Month): 1 ()
    Pages: 1-12

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    Handle: RePEc:zna:indecs:v:8:y:2010:i:1:p:1-12

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    Keywords: cooperation; water uncertainty; farming; agent-based modelling; resource allocation;

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