Special Issue "Agroecology in Sustainable Agriculture"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 April 2020.
Interests: agroecology; biodiversity; sustainable agriculture
Over the past decade, agroecology has moved from being an alternative and minority proposition to a recognized and central concept in agricultural transition. This change has been driven by the growing interest in climate change and biodiversity issues. If agroecology is much more present in scientific literature and public policies, it is also more diffuse: the explicit and implicit definitions of agroecology are very variable and sometimes contradictory. Some uses of the concept of agroecology can be considered greenwashing while other propositions of definition are very radical.
The success of agroecology as a technical approach to agriculture is undeniable and promising for the development of more sustainable agriculture. On the other hand, there are still some key questions that are weakly addressed: how to define the socio-economic conditions of agroecology? What is the potential of agroecology for maintaining employment in rural areas? How agroecology can respond to rural-urban division: is urban agroecology connected to rural agroecology? What are the possible trajectories for a transition towards a generalization of agroecological models? How to articulate the concept of agroecology at different scales of the food system? Is agroecology compatible with an inclusive vision of agriculture? How to bridge the gap between agroecological principles and practices at the farm and food system levels? How does the development of organic farming contribute to the upscaling of agroecology?
Prof. Philippe Baret
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- rural–urban divide
- foresight studies
- food systems
- working conditions in agriculture
- rural development
- agroecological principles
- organic farming