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Feeding the People: Agroecology for Nourishing the World and Transforming the Agri-Food System

Herren, Hans Rudolf; Hilbeck, Angelika; Hoffmann, Ulrich; Home, Robert; Levidow, Les; Müller, Adrian; Nelson, Erin; Oehen, Bernadette and Pimbert, Michel (editor): Hilbeck, Angelika and Oehen, Bernadette (Eds.) (2015) Feeding the People: Agroecology for Nourishing the World and Transforming the Agri-Food System. IFAOM EU Group, Brussels, Belgium.

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Agroecology is an idea inspiring more and more people, but it means different things to different people. Altieri (1983) defined it as the application of ecological principles to agriculture. This definition of agroecology includes farmers and farmers’ knowledge, and it sees farmers as stewards of the landscape, of biodiversity and of the diversity of foods. In 2002, Altieri developed his concept further when he proposed that agroecological systems should be based on five ecological principles: 1) recycling biomass and balancing nutrient flows and availability; 2) securing favourable soil conditions for plant growth by enhancing the organic matter; 3) minimizing losses of solar radiation, water and nutrients by managing the microclimate and soil cover, and practising water harvesting; 4) enhancing biological and genetic diversification on cropland; and 5) enhancing beneficial biological interactions and minimizing the use of pesticides.

EPrint Type:Report
Keywords:Departement of Socio-Economic Sciences, Technology assessment, Food security, Sustainable Food System, Urban Farming, Smallholders, Livestock
Subjects: Food systems > Community development
Food systems > Food security, food quality and human health
Food systems > Policy environments and social economy
"Organics" in general > Countries and regions > World
Research affiliation: Switzerland > ETHZ - Agrarwissenschaften
Switzerland > FiBL - Research Institute of Organic Agriculture Switzerland > Socio-Economics
International Organizations > International Federation of Organic Agriculture Movements IFOAM > IFOAM EU Group
Deposited By: Oehen, Dipl. bot. Bernadette
ID Code:30370
Deposited On:07 Jul 2016 11:38
Last Modified:07 Jul 2016 11:38
Document Language:English
Refereed:Not peer-reviewed

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