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|Title:||Exploring the concept of agroecological food systems in a city-region context|
Escudero, Arthur Chappell Getz
Arraes, Nilson A.M.
Almeida, Gustavo Fonseca De
|Abstract:||Based on urgent needs for food security compounded by a changing climate which impacts and is impacted by agricultural land-use and food distribution practices, we explore the pro- cesses of action in implementing agroecological food systems. We identified the following characteristics for an agroecological food system: 1. Minimizing use of external inputs, 2. Extent of internal resource recycling, 3. Resilience, 4. Multifunctionality, 5. Building on complexity and incorporating greater systems inte- gration, 6. Contextuality, 7. Equity and, 8. Nourishment. We focus on the city-region food systems context, concluding with practi- cal drivers for realizing more agroecological food systems in city- region contexts. Agroecological food systems are widely diverse, shaped by context, and achieved through multi-actor planning in rural, peri-urban and urban areas. Application of agroecological food systems in rural–urban contexts emphasize the necessity of diversification, zoning rural–urban landscapes, planning for sea- sonality in a food systems context, and producing at scale. Rural– urban food systems are a relevant and challenging entry point that provides opportunities for learning how food systems can be shaped for significant positive change. Social organization, com- munity building, common learning, and knowledge creation are crucial for agroecological contextualized food systems, as are the supports from appropriate governing and institutional structures.|
|Editor:||Taylor & Francis|
|Appears in Collections:||FEAGRI - Artigos e Outros Documentos|
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