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Ecological Agriculture as an Integral Part of Permaculture

Yeboah, Paul (2018) Ecological Agriculture as an Integral Part of Permaculture. In: Rahmann, Gerold; Olowe, Victor Idowu; Olabiyi, Timothy Ipoola; Azim, Khalid and Olugbenga, AdeOluwa (Eds.) Ecological and Organic Agriculture Strategies for Viable Continental and National Development in the Context of the African Union's Agenda 2063. Scientific Track Proceedings of the 4th African Organic Conference. November 5-8, 2018. Saly Portudal, Senegal, pp. 43-46.

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Ecological agriculture is an integral part of permaculture. Permaculture's which emphasis on whole systems design is heavily influenced by the work of ecologist H.T. Odum. Permaculture refers to “permanent agriculture”but has not been expanded to mean “permanent culture” as it embraces the social aspects that focus on truly sustainable system. Permaculture also focuses on ecological method of design that shapes many practices, including farming. Permaculture is associated positively with ecosystem mimicry, perennial polycultures, agroforestry, agroecosystem design, and agrobiodiversity.Ecological agriculture is truly sustainable – it can regenerate and fertilize the degraded and damaged agricultural soils that cover most of the world, and will allow us to continue producing food on that land indefinitely. Conventional agriculture degrades and depletes the soil, and so cannot continue to feed us, and the “progress” made in agriculture in the last decades has come at an enormous environmental and social cost. Ecological agriculture also have the potential to offer higher economic returns than conventional or industrial agriculture as it gives a combined and continual yield from land, instead of one or two big monoculture harvests per year. And it is much more efficient in energy and financial terms when we consider the cost and embodied energy of conventional farming’s chemical inputs. Ecological agriculture gives us a much better output for our input.This review discusses ecological agriculture as an integral part of permaculture in the light of organic agriculture.

EPrint Type:Conference paper, poster, etc.
Type of presentation:Paper
Keywords:Ecological agriculture, permaculture, process, farming
Subjects: Crop husbandry
Knowledge management > Education, extension and communication
Research affiliation: International Conferences > 2018: 4th African Organic Conference
Related Links:http://www.afronet.bio/
Deposited By: Fening, Dr Okwae Ken
ID Code:33495
Deposited On:26 Sep 2019 06:52
Last Modified:26 Sep 2019 06:52
Document Language:English
Refereed:Peer-reviewed and accepted

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