Biodiversity & Ecosystem Services in Agricultural Production Systems
Year of publication: 2015
Pages: 426 p.
Job Number: I4729
Agrovoc keywords:agroecosystems; ecosystem services; sociocultural systems; rural sociology; smallholders; sustainable agriculture; soil management; water resources; agrobiodiversity; biodiversity conservation; semiarid zones; biodynamic agriculture;
AGROECOLOGY is the science of applying ecological concepts and principles to the design and management of sustainable food systems. It focuses on the interactions between plants, animals, humans and the environment. Agroecological practices work in harmony with these interactions, applying innovative solutions that harness and conserve biodiversity. Agroecology is practised in all corners of the world, with the traditional and local knowledge of family farmers at its core. Through an integrative approach, agroecology is a realm where science, practice and social movements converge to seek a transition to sustainable food systems, built upon the foundations of equity, participation and justice.