The topic of this Special Issue was discussed at the XXIV European Society for Rural Sociology Congress in Crete, 2012, by the Working Group on Global Shocks, Changing Agricultural Policy and the Viability of Rural Communities.
A call for papers was sent to the participants of the working group in addition to an open call to relevant scholars across the world. The articles in this issue represent a mix of working group attendants and other writers. We are pleased to present a broad collection of studies on the relationship between agriculture and local communities under severe changes and global shocks. The studies span the globe, representing different agricultural, political and economic systems, in addition to varying climate conditions for agricultural activities.