Special Issue "Reconnecting People with Nature through Agriculture"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (15 December 2021) | Viewed by 35556
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Interests: soil ecosystem services; soil organic carbon dynamics; food modelling; sustainable management practices; sustainable food systems
Interests: social-ecological system; land use change; ecosystem services; biocultural diversity; rural abandonment
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Interests: collective action; knowledge co-production; human–nature relationships; inclusive governance; social learning; social-ecological systems; sustainability transitions; sustainable management practices; transdisciplinarity
More and more people live in cities. In recent decades, this, combined with rural abandonment and landscape polarisation, has resulted in high land ownership concentrations and agricultural intensification. These land use changes are caused by the increasing expansion of megafarms. These large commercial monocrops are based on extreme, simplified cropping systems, leading to a loss of genetic diversity (traditional varieties adapted to the specific local conditions) and a greater dependence of the population on large and complex global food-supply chains.
This, in turn, has resulted in a significant decrease in the resilience of agriculture and overall food systems, and threatens the maintenance of traditional indigenous and peasant farming. Paradigmatic examples are the globally important agricultural heritage systems (GIAHS) or high nature value (HNV) farmlands. The consequences of this are a loss of traditional farming knowledge based on the application of sustainable management practices. Agroforestry and silvopastoral systems, cover crops, a combination of high diversity of crop species, the application of organic inputs, reduction or no-tillage, and biological control are examples of systems and practices that have been proven to be beneficial for building resilient agroecosystems that sustain both nature and society.
Therefore, there is an urgent need to reconnect society with the sustainable use of agroecosystems by fostering resilient social-ecological systems, emphasising the links between the functioning of natural systems and human well-being, and stressing the benefits that people derive from them. This is pivotal to the maintenance and recovery of traditional agricultural knowledge and the sustainable practices that aim to re-structure agri-food production in an environmentally-friendly way.
This Special Issue aims to highlight impactful research and commentary focusing on attempts to connect people with nature for the promotion of sustainable agricultural transitions. This Issue will fully embrace inter- and trans-disciplinary studies from multiple disciplines (e.g., agricultural sciences, environmental sciences, geography, economy, and sociology), as well as those incorporating other knowledge systems (e.g., local and indigenous) in the co-construction of knowledge for sustainable agriculture. In addition, we encourage studies in rural areas (e.g., GIAHS or HNV farmland) and initiatives addressing urban–rural relationships or those developed within metropolitan areas (e.g., community-supported agriculture, food hubs, domestic gardens, multifunctional agriculture, and farmers´ or consumers´ cooperatives). Studies assessing the societal and ecological impacts of those initiatives are also welcome. This Special Issue invites all types of articles, applying qualitative, quantitative, or mixed methodologies, as well as both empirical primary research and reviews, along with commentaries.
Dr. José Luis Vicente-Vicente
Dr. Cristina Quintas-Soriano
Dr. María D. López-Rodríguez
Manuscript Submission Information
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Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere (except conference proceedings papers). All manuscripts are thoroughly refereed through a single-blind peer-review process. A guide for authors and other relevant information for submission of manuscripts is available on the Instructions for Authors page. Agriculture is an international peer-reviewed open access monthly journal published by MDPI.
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- sustainable agriculture
- farmers knowledge
- indigenous and local knowledge
- human–nature connectedness
- biocultural diversity
- rural abandonment
- social-ecological systems
- ecosystem services
- nature´s contributions to people
- globally important agricultural heritage systems
- high nature value farmland
- urban agriculture
- peri-urban farming
- science–policy–society interface
- collective farming
- inclusive governance