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Agro-ecology: beyond food

Félix, Georges F. and Timmermann, Cristian (2013) Agro-ecology: beyond food. Faming Matters, 29 (4), pp. 30-31.

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Some may view indigenous communities as being conservative and backwards. However, the Kabekwa in Costa Rica show that such communities can be adaptable and innovative. In response to changing circumstances, this community has been adapting its farming practices constantly, benefiting from it in multiple ways.
In this case study we show some of the additional advantages agro-ecology provides to farmers beside food. Using the concept of meaningful work we explore how knowledge-intensive farming stimulates the development of skills, improves self-determination and provides incentives for younger generations to work on the land.

EPrint Type:Journal paper
Keywords:agroecology; Costa Rica; farming systems; local knowledge; meaningful work
Agrovoc keywords:
Subjects: Farming Systems
Food systems > Food security, food quality and human health
Farming Systems > Social aspects
Food systems > Community development > Networks and ownership
Knowledge management > Education, extension and communication > Technology transfer
Environmental aspects > Biodiversity and ecosystem services
"Organics" in general > Countries and regions > Latin America
Research affiliation:Other countries
Netherlands > Wageningen University & Research (WUR)
Deposited By: Timmermann, Dr. Cristian
ID Code:24949
Deposited On:20 Jan 2014 17:46
Last Modified:20 Jan 2014 17:46
Document Language:English
Refereed:Peer-reviewed and accepted

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