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How Does Agroecology Contribute to the Transitions towards Social-Ecological Sustainability?

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FRACTAL Collective, San Remigio 2, 28022 Madrid, Spain
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Chair on Agroecology and Food Systems, University of Vic—Central University of Catalonia (UVic-UCC), C. de la Laura, 13, 08500 Vic, Spain
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Social-Ecological Systems Laboratory, Department of Ecology, Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, 28049 Madrid, Spain
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Department of Applied Research and Agricultural Extension, Madrid Institute for Rural, Agricultural and Food Research and Development (IMIDRA), Ctra. Madrid-Barcelona (N-II) KM. 38.200, 28802 Alcalá de Henares, Spain
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Sustainability 2019, 11(16), 4372; https://doi.org/10.3390/su11164372
Received: 6 August 2019 / Accepted: 7 August 2019 / Published: 13 August 2019
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Abstract

This Special Issue of Sustainability aims at compiling original theoretical, methodological, and empirical research exploring how agroecology approaches can promote the transition towards sustainability, particularly of agri-food social-ecological systems, taking into account the complex relationships established between ecological functions and ecosystem services, human wellbeing, innovative socio-technical innovations, and governance models as well as public policies. In this editorial, we carry out an overview of the 17 contributions that shape this number, around five main themes: Agroecological practices that enhance ecosystem services, the potential of agroecology to promote social learning and innovation, gender and feminist perspectives in agroecology, the political articulation of agroecology, and public policies and the institutionalization of agroecology. Finally, we reflect about suggested guidelines for agroecology research that truly aims at supporting the transition towards strong social-ecological sustainability, we then deepen on the main gaps revealed by the research works presented. Finally, we conclude with the insights provided by agroecology within the transition towards social-ecological sustainability. View Full-Text
Keywords: agroecosystem; ecosystem service; food sovereignty; gender; local agroecological knowledge; participatory approach; public policies; social-ecological system; social and inclusive farming; social learning agroecosystem; ecosystem service; food sovereignty; gender; local agroecological knowledge; participatory approach; public policies; social-ecological system; social and inclusive farming; social learning
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Oteros-Rozas, E.; Ravera, F.; García-Llorente, M. How Does Agroecology Contribute to the Transitions towards Social-Ecological Sustainability? Sustainability 2019, 11, 4372.

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