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The Role of Agroecology

There is an ongoing debate about how we can continue to produce the required levels of food the world needs while we minimise environmental impacts. There is also a growing interest in how agroecology can make a contribution to the world's food security without depleting the natural resources we all rely on. Agroecology is about integrating ecological principles into the design and management of agricultural systems. It incorporates the long term protection of natural resources as an element of food production.

The Land Use Policy Group has produced a number of research reports and organised seminars to look further into the role of agro-ecology. In 2015 we published a report that looks at how agroecology can contribute to ‘sustainable intensification’ and describes the range of economic and environmental benefits agroecological practices and systems can offer: Role of Agroecology in Sustainable Intensification.

Other reports include Transitions to Agroecological Systems: Farmers' Experience (2018) and Promotion of agroecological approaches: Lessons from other European countries. (2016)

Also watch our short video about the Dehesa - a Spanish agroforestry farming system with multiple benefits for both people and nature.

Agroecological Transitions 

Agroecological Transitions case studies - Lakes Free Range Egg; Home Farm; Pitt Hall Farm; Durie Farms; Balcaskie Estate.

Seminar presentations

Edinburgh - June 2015

Agroecology and sustainable intensification - Nic Lampkin

Agroforestry and sustainable intensification - Stephen Briggs

London - Jan 2015

A farmer's perspective on agroecology - Phil Jarvis