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Exploring the concept of agroecological food systems in a city-region context.

Vaarst, Mette; Escudero, Arthur Getz; Chappell, M. Jahi; Brinkley, Catherine; Nijbroek, Ravic; Arraes, Nilson A.M.; Andreasen, Lise; Gattinger, Andreas; De Almeida, Gustavo; Bossio, Deborah and Halberg, Niels (2017) Exploring the concept of agroecological food systems in a city-region context. Agroecology and sustainabel food systems, 42 (6), pp. 686-711.

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Online at: https://tandfonline.com/doi/pdf/10.1080/21683565.2017.1365321

Summary

Based on urgent needs for food security compounded by a
changing climate which impacts and is impacted by agricultural land-use and food distribution practices, we explore the processes of action in implementing agroecological food systems. We identified the following characteristics for an agroecological food system: 1. Minimizing use of external inputs, 2. Extent of
internal resource recycling, 3. Resilience, 4. Multifunctionality, 5.Building on complexity and incorporating greater systems integration,6. Contextuality, 7. Equity and, 8. Nourishment. We focus on the city-region food systems context, concluding with practical
drivers for realizing more agroecological food systems in cityregion contexts. Agroecological food systems are widely diverse,shaped by context, and achieved through multi-actor planning in rural, peri-urban and urban areas. Application of agroecological food systems in rural–urban contexts emphasize the necessity of diversification, zoning rural–urban landscapes, planning for seasonality in a food systems context, and producing at scale. Rural–
urban food systems are a relevant and challenging entry point that provides opportunities for learning how food systems can be shaped for significant positive change. Social organization, community building, common learning, and knowledge creation are crucial for agroecological contextualized food systems, as are the support from appropriate governing and institutional structures.


EPrint Type:Journal paper
Keywords:food systems, agroecology, rural-urban linkages, resource recycling, multifunctionality, equitable, nourishing
Agrovoc keywords:
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EnglishNourishUNSPECIFIED
EnglishRural-urbanUNSPECIFIED
Englishfood systemshttp://aims.fao.org/aos/agrovoc/c_bea5db85
Englishagroecologyhttp://aims.fao.org/aos/agrovoc/c_92381
Englishrecyclinghttp://aims.fao.org/aos/agrovoc/c_6478
Subjects: Food systems
Research affiliation: Denmark > AU - Aarhus University
Brazil
Germany > University of Gießen
Denmark > ICROFS - International Centre for Research in Organic Food Systems
Kenya
USA
DOI:https://doi.org/10.1080/21683565.2017.1365321
Deposited By: Vaarst, Dr. Mette
ID Code:34455
Deposited On:14 Feb 2019 11:47
Last Modified:14 Feb 2019 11:47
Document Language:English
Status:Published
Refereed:Peer-reviewed and accepted
Additional Publishing Information:Open access article

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