Systems thinking: an approach for understanding ‘eco-agri-food systems

Zhang, W. et al. (2018) Systems thinking: an approach for understanding ‘eco-agri-food systems. In: TEEBAgriFood ‘Scientific and Economic Foundations’ Report. The Economics of Ecosystems and Biodiversity: Geneva, pp. 57-109.

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Chapter 3 provides an overview of the diversity of agriculture and food systems, each with different contributions to global food security, impacts on the natural resource base and ways of working through food system supply chains. We describe “eco-agri-food systems” and further identify their many manifestations through a review of typologies. We identify challenges ahead with existing systems due to prevailing economic and political pressures resulting in patterns of invisible ぜows and impacts across global food systems. We describe pathways to ensure sustainability by securing the beneせts from working with, rather than against, natural systems and ecosystem processes and the challenges for farmers, communities and societies to reorient food value chains and build resilience in eco-agri-food systems.

Item Type:Book Sections
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Sohel, Dr MD Sarwar
Authors: Zhang, W., Thorn, J. P. R., Gowdy, J., Bassi, A., Santamaria, M., DeClerck, F., Adegboyega, A., Andersson, G., Augustyn, A. M., Bawden, R., Bell, A., Darknhofer, I., Dearing, J., Dyke, J., Failler, J., Galetto, P., Calvo Hernandez, C., Johnson, P., Kleppel, P., Komarek, P., Latawiec, A., Mateus, R., McVittie, A., Ortega, E., Phelps, D., Ringler, C., Sangha, K.K., Schaafsma, M., Scherr, S., Hossain, M.S.A., Tyack, N., Viglizzo, E., Walker, E., Willemen, L., and Wood, S.L.R.
College/School:College of Social Sciences > School of Interdisciplinary Studies
Journal Name:The Economics of Ecosystems and Biodiversity (TEEB)
Publisher:The Economics of Ecosystems and Biodiversity

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