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Can Agroforestry Grow beyond Its Niche and Contribute to a Transition towards Sustainable Agriculture in Sweden?

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Department of Physical Geography, Stockholm University, SE-106 91 Stockholm, Sweden
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Inspire Action and Research (IA&R), Boängsvägen 98, 741 92 Knivsta, Sweden
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School of Science and Technology, Örebro University, 701 82 Örebro, Sweden
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Sustainability 2019, 11(13), 3522; https://doi.org/10.3390/su11133522
Received: 17 May 2019 / Revised: 19 June 2019 / Accepted: 22 June 2019 / Published: 27 June 2019
Agroforestry is thought to be an approach that could support agriculture in the transition from a system with sustainability problems to one containing regenerative activities contributing to viable ecosystems and, therefore, sustainability solutions. A transdisciplinary and participatory action research (PAR) group that included farmers approached the development of temperate agroforestry systems in the modern agricultural setting of Sweden through practical experience on 12 farms for collective analysis. The objective was to research potential systems such as edible forest gardens, silvopasture and silvoarable systems to discuss their use and effects as well as scaling possibilities. Knowledge and experiences of challenges and solutions related to the development of agroforestry were identified at both niche and regime levels. View Full-Text
Keywords: agroforestry; temperate; agroecology; participatory action research; transition; niche innovation agroforestry; temperate; agroecology; participatory action research; transition; niche innovation
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Schaffer, C.; Eksvärd, K.; Björklund, J. Can Agroforestry Grow beyond Its Niche and Contribute to a Transition towards Sustainable Agriculture in Sweden? Sustainability 2019, 11, 3522.

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