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Comparing Energy Efficiency And Greenhouse Gas Emissions In Cacao Production Systems

Armengot, Laura; Schneider, Monika and Pérez-Neira, David (2021) Comparing Energy Efficiency And Greenhouse Gas Emissions In Cacao Production Systems. Paper at: Organic World Congress 2021, Science Forum: 6th ISOFAR Conference co-organised with INRA, FiBL, Agroecology Europe, TP Organics and ITAB, Rennes, France, 8 - 10 September, 2021. [Completed]

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Summary

High dependence on non-renewable energy and greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions are a clear symptom of unsustainability in food production systems. We compared the energy use and efficiency, the productivity and GHG emissions per ha and per kg of products harvested of 4 cacao production systems, i.e., agroforestry systems and monocultures under organic and conventional management during 5 years in a newly established experimental plantation. Our results showed that agroforestry systems and organic management reduced the demand of non-renewable energy and GHG, and increased the energy efficiency. In addition, the return of energy per unit of labour invested was higher in the agroforestry systems. Organic agroforests were the most sustainable systems according to the indicators analysed. Organic sector should discuss considering agroforests as part of the requirements for certification, since, in addition, they contribute to reduce deforestation and increase farmers’ livelihood and food security.


EPrint Type:Conference paper, poster, etc.
Type of presentation:Paper
Keywords:agroforestry, energy demand, monocultures, climate change, Abacus, FiBL6516603
Agrovoc keywords:
Language
Value
URI
English
cocoa (plant) -> Theobroma cacao
http://aims.fao.org/aos/agrovoc/c_7713
English
agroforestry
http://aims.fao.org/aos/agrovoc/c_207
Subjects: Crop husbandry
Soil
Research affiliation: Switzerland > FiBL - Research Institute of Organic Agriculture Switzerland > Crops > Special crops > Cocoa
Switzerland > FiBL - Research Institute of Organic Agriculture Switzerland > International > Agroforestry Systems
Spain
International Conferences > 2021: Organic World Congress, Science Forum: 6th ISOFAR Conference co-organised with INRA, FiBL, Agroecology Europe, TP Organics and ITAB > Transitioning towards organic and sustainable food system
Deposited By: rey, m. frederic
ID Code:42309
Deposited On:07 Sep 2021 13:12
Last Modified:27 Jan 2022 11:26
Document Language:English
Status:Unpublished
Refereed:Peer-reviewed and accepted
Additional Publishing Information:A book of abstracts of papers of the Science Forum at the Organic World Congress 2021, September 8-10, Online and on-site in Rennes, France '6th ISOFAR Conference co-organised with INRA, FiBL, Agroecology Europe, TP Organics and ITAB' has been published

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