Special Issue "Scaling Up Agroecology: Experiences, Opportunities and Constraints"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 April 2020.
Interests: crop protection
As a scientific approach to designing and managing resilient, biodiverse and productive agricultural systems based on ecological principles, agroecology also entails a movement engaged in the transformation of the food system that has gained momentum in many countries worldwide. In several cases, the implementation of agroecological practices has grown beyond isolated, local experiences to be employed by an ever-greater number of families and communities over ever-larger territories and to engage more people in the production, distribution and consumption of agroecologically produced food.
However, if agroecology has such great potential to address the multiple challenges facing agriculture, why is it not adopted more widely by farmers? There are many technical, social, economic and political barriers for the scaling up of agroecology. Many people have suggested various ways to overcome the barriers, such as creating an enabling environment, providing the right incentives to farmers, creating special markets, fund more research and education on agroecology. A key challenge for the amplification of agroecology lies in the translation of agroecological principles into practical strategies for soil, water and biodiversity management to enhance production and resilience, so that they can be widely disseminated and expanded.
This Special Issue of Sustainability provides a collection of papers that, using examples from various countries, analyze the processes that have impeded and those that have enabled the bringing to scale of agroecology. The analysis of the initiatives described in this Special Issue sheds light on new pathways for amplifying agroecological transformations at the territorial level.
Prof. Dr. Miguel A. Altieri
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- scaling up
- agroecological territories
- public policies
- social movements
- food sovereignty