As awareness of the potential threats posed by climate change increases, researchers
and agricultural advisors are being called upon to determine the risks that different
stakeholder groups will likely confront and to develop adaptive strategies. Yet, engaging with
stakeholders takes time. It also requires a clear and detailed plan to ensure that research and
outreach activities yield useful outputs. In this article, we focus on the role of anthropologists
as researchers and conveners in stakeholder engagement and provide a generalised overview
of a long-term engagement process proceeding in three stages: (1) fact-finding and relationship-
building; (2) incubation and collaborative learning; and (3) informed engagement and
broad dissemination. We conclude with a discussion of perspectives and challenges that were
encountered during two engagement experiences in the south-eastern United States.
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