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Agroecology
Cory W. Whitney
Photo: Jan Börner
Biber-Freudenberger et al. 2018. Rural 21, 52(2), 31-33.
Agroecology
Biber-Freudenberger et al. 2018. Rural 21, 52(2), 31-33.
• Collection of different disciplinary fields, rangin...
Economic Social
Ecological
3
Sustainability
How can agricultural production
be balanced with Earth’s
resources for future
...
4
Sustainability
US department of Agriculture
Natural Resources Conservation Service
Soil Survey Division
World Soil Resou...
5
Sustainability
Gapminder.com
– World population
Global population increase to nearly ten billion by 2050
- United Nation...
6
“Agroecology is a scientific discipline, a set of practices and a social movement. As a
science, it studies how differen...
Agroecology
Movement
Agriculture
Science
Ecology
7
– Paradigms
Agroecology
Movement
Agriculture
Science
Ecology
8
[…] can be considered a science, a
movement or a practice
Wezel et al. ...
9
Productivity
Sustainability
The International Assessment of Agricultural Knowledge, Science and Technology for Developme...
Open questions
Millions of unknowns
Limitless research needs
Already known
We know what to do and just
need it to be imple...
Photo: Detlef Overmann
1111
Thank you
Biber-Freudenberger et al. 2018. Rural 21, 52(2), 31-33.
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More Transdisciplinary research needed in Agroecology

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Presented September 5th 2018 at the expert talk at Welthungerhilfe on the need for more transdisciplinary research in Agroecology.

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More Transdisciplinary research needed in Agroecology

  1. 1. Agroecology Cory W. Whitney Photo: Jan Börner Biber-Freudenberger et al. 2018. Rural 21, 52(2), 31-33.
  2. 2. Agroecology Biber-Freudenberger et al. 2018. Rural 21, 52(2), 31-33. • Collection of different disciplinary fields, ranging from agriculture and ecology to political theory • Assessment of the research gaps in Agroecology from an ecological, social, and environmental perspective • Outline the usefulness of a transdisciplinary approach in addressing these gaps More transdisciplinary research needed 2
  3. 3. Economic Social Ecological 3 Sustainability How can agricultural production be balanced with Earth’s resources for future sustainability?
  4. 4. 4 Sustainability US department of Agriculture Natural Resources Conservation Service Soil Survey Division World Soil Resources – Desertification vulnerability Reduced crop yields by up to 50 percent in parts of Africa, Asia, and Central and South America Intergovernmental Platform for Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services https://www.luke.fi/wp-content/uploads/2018/03/ipbes-6-l9_en.pdf
  5. 5. 5 Sustainability Gapminder.com – World population Global population increase to nearly ten billion by 2050 - United Nations http://www.un.org/en/development/desa/news/population/2015-report.html
  6. 6. 6 “Agroecology is a scientific discipline, a set of practices and a social movement. As a science, it studies how different components of the agroecosystem interact. As a set of practices, it seeks sustainable farming systems that optimize and stabilize yields. As a social movement, it pursues multifunctional roles for agriculture, promotes social justice, nurtures identity and culture […] family farmers around the world are the keys elements for producing food in an agroecological way.” FAO Family Farming Knowledge Platform fao.org/family-farming/themes/agroecology Agroecology Photo: Tina BeucheltBiber-Freudenberger et al. 2018. Rural 21, 52(2), 31-33.
  7. 7. Agroecology Movement Agriculture Science Ecology 7 – Paradigms
  8. 8. Agroecology Movement Agriculture Science Ecology 8 […] can be considered a science, a movement or a practice Wezel et al. 2009. Agronomy for Sustainable Development, 29(4), 503-515. […] study of people and their agricultural systems King. 1911. Farmers of Forty Centuries. Mrs. F. H. King, Madison, Wisconsin. […] agricultural ecosystem and the impact of human agricultural management Tischler. 1965. Agrarökologie. Gustav Fischer Verlag, Jena. […] development paradigm of natural resource management for poor farmers in marginal environments Altieri. 1989. Agriculture, Ecosystems & Environment, 27(1), 37-46. - 2002. Agriculture, Ecosystems & Environment, 93(1-3), 1-24. – Paradigms
  9. 9. 9 Productivity Sustainability The International Assessment of Agricultural Knowledge, Science and Technology for Development, 2009. Agriculture at a Crossroads. Island Press, Washington, DC. Agroecology Conventional Agricultural Production Peasant / low input Indigenous/ Traditional In transition to Sustainability Agroecology
  10. 10. Open questions Millions of unknowns Limitless research needs Already known We know what to do and just need it to be implemented “[…] research gaps cannot be identified without talking to farmers and they cannot be addressed without working with farmers.” 10 Transdisciplinary research Biber-Freudenberger et al. 2018. Rural 21, 52(2), 31-33. Implementation research
  11. 11. Photo: Detlef Overmann 1111 Thank you Biber-Freudenberger et al. 2018. Rural 21, 52(2), 31-33.

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