Social Farming in the Promotion of Social-Ecological Sustainability in Rural and Periurban Areas
AbstractRural areas are facing a spectrum of landscape changes and vulnerability as a consequence of financial and environmental crises. Innovative approaches are required to maintain the provision of social services and manage ecosystem services in these areas. We explore the capacity of social farming to create viable and sustainable rural and periurban areas according to a social-ecological perspective. We use the key elements of social-ecological systems under social farming practices to analyse (1) the role of local communities and non-formal institutions; (2) the involvement of target stakeholders; and (3) the explicit connection between agroecosystems and human wellbeing. To do so, we selected and described four cases of local social farming initiatives in terms of the key elements of social-ecological systems and conducted a literature review to provide an overview of the explicit impact of social farming on the quality of life. We found that social farming illustrates hybrid governance solutions beyond market instruments that could be applied for the governance of agroecosystems. It can also provide a range of other wellbeing and cultural ecosystem services to rural and urban inhabitants. Greater cooperation between social farming and ecosystem service science could rebound in rural landscape sustainability. View Full-Text
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García-Llorente, M.; Rossignoli, C.M.; Di Iacovo, F.; Moruzzo, R. Social Farming in the Promotion of Social-Ecological Sustainability in Rural and Periurban Areas. Sustainability 2016, 8, 1238.
García-Llorente M, Rossignoli CM, Di Iacovo F, Moruzzo R. Social Farming in the Promotion of Social-Ecological Sustainability in Rural and Periurban Areas. Sustainability. 2016; 8(12):1238.Chicago/Turabian Style
García-Llorente, Marina; Rossignoli, Cristiano M.; Di Iacovo, Francesco; Moruzzo, Roberta. 2016. "Social Farming in the Promotion of Social-Ecological Sustainability in Rural and Periurban Areas." Sustainability 8, no. 12: 1238.