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Wohnhas, Lukas, 2022. Sustainable intensification and agroecology : transitioning towards sustainable agriculture. Second cycle, A2E. Alnarp: SLU, Dept. of Biosystems and Technology (from 130101)



Agroecology and sustainable intensification are presented by their respective proponents as solutions to improve the sustainability of agricultural production. The present research investigates the similarities and differences of the two approaches and their potential to contribute to sustainable development in praxis. A comparative analysis of practices contained in the FAO 10 elements of agroecology and 13 agroecological principles with those in sustainable intensification found that the two approaches are very similar. The main difference lies on their focuses: the focus on goals in sustainable intensification, and the focus on means in agroecology, as well as differing scopes: farm scale in sustainable intensification, and food system scale in agroecology. It followed that sustainable intensification is limited to showing sustainable development only retrospectively, while agroecology can inform practices for sustainable farm development. It is proposed that sustainable intensification could benefit by a broadened definition which includes social elements. Due to the similar aims of both the concepts to increase agricultural sustainability, proponents of sustainable intensification and agroecology are best advised to focus on similarity, rather than difference.

Main title:Sustainable intensification and agroecology
Subtitle:transitioning towards sustainable agriculture
Authors:Wohnhas, Lukas
Supervisor:Lana, Marcos and Poder, Anne
Examiner:Chongtham Iman, Raj
Volume/Sequential designation:UNSPECIFIED
Year of Publication:2022
Level and depth descriptor:Second cycle, A2E
Student's programme affiliation:LM005 Agroecology - Master's programme 120 HEC
Supervising department:(LTJ, LTV) > Dept. of Biosystems and Technology (from 130101)
Keywords:10 elements of agroecology, 13 agroecological principles, agriculture, agroecology, sustainable intensification, transition
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Subject. Use of subject categories until 2023-04-30.:Agricultural economics and policies
Cropping patterns and systems
Deposited On:29 Mar 2022 08:14
Metadata Last Modified:30 Mar 2022 01:00

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