Labor and Automation in California Agriculture: Equity, Productivity, and Resilience

Funded in 2021 by the University of California Office of the President Multi-Campus Research Program Initiative, the Labor and Automation in California Agriculture (LACA) assembles interdisciplinary researchers to solve food system resilience and human-centered agriculture technology to transform the workforce and environment of the future. This MRPI includes researchers from University of California Merced, Berkeley, Davis, and Riverside.


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Relevant Publications:

Kenney, Martin and Visser, M. Anne and Zysman, John, COVID-19’s Impact Upon Labor and Value Chains in the Agrifood System (October 24, 2021). Available at SSRN: or
Kenny, M., M.A. Visser, and J. Zysman. (2021). The Challenge of the Digital Agricultural Revolution: A Comparison Between Advanced Economies and Developing Countries.