6 results match your criteria Agronomy For Sustainable Development[Journal]

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Characterizing diversity of food systems in view of sustainability transitions. A review.

Agron Sustain Dev 2019 17;39(1). Epub 2018 Dec 17.

1Farming Systems Ecology Group, Wageningen University and Research, PO Box 430, 6700AK Wageningen, The Netherlands.

Dominant food systems are configured from the productivist paradigm, which focuses on producing large amounts of inexpensive and standardized foods. Although these food systems continue being supported worldwide, they are no longer considered fit-for-purpose as they have been proven unsustainable in environmental and social terms. A large body of scientific literature argues that a transition from the dominant food systems to alternative ones built around the wider principles of sustainable production and rural development is needed. Read More

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http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s13593-018-0550-2DOI Listing
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6394436PMC
December 2018

Towards resilience through systems-based plant breeding. A review.

Agron Sustain Dev 2018 22;38(5):42. Epub 2018 Aug 22.

Louis Bolk Institute, Kosterijland 3-5, 3981 AJ Bunnik, The Netherlands.

How the growing world population can feed itself is a crucial, multi-dimensional problem that goes beyond sustainable development. Crop production will be affected by many changes in its climatic, agronomic, economic, and societal contexts. Therefore, breeders are challenged to produce cultivars that strengthen both ecological and societal resilience by striving for six international sustainability targets: food security, safety and quality; food and seed sovereignty; social justice; agrobiodiversity; ecosystem services; and climate robustness. Read More

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http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s13593-018-0522-6DOI Listing
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6417397PMC

Food systems for sustainable development: proposals for a profound four-part transformation.

Agron Sustain Dev 2018 9;38(4):41. Epub 2018 Aug 9.

Scaling Up Nutrition Movement, Palais des Nations, CH-1211 Geneve, Switzerland.

Evidence shows the importance of food systems for sustainable development: they are at the nexus that links food security, nutrition, and human health, the viability of ecosystems, climate change, and social justice. However, agricultural policies tend to focus on food supply, and sometimes, on mechanisms to address negative externalities. We propose an alternative. Read More

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http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s13593-018-0519-1DOI Listing
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6417402PMC
August 2018
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Trade-offs and synergies between yield, labor, profit, and risk in Malawian maize-based cropping systems.

Agron Sustain Dev 2018 30;38(3):32. Epub 2018 May 30.

International Food Policy Research Institute, Washington DC, USA.

Land degradation, population growth, and chronic poverty in Eastern and Southern Africa challenge the sustainability of livelihoods for smallholder farmers. These farmers often manage soils depleted of nutrients, apply limited amounts of mineral fertilizer, and take decisions about their cropping systems that involve multiple trade-offs. The rotation of cereals with legumes bears agronomic and ecological merit; however, the socio-economic implications of the cereal-legume rotation require a deeper understanding. Read More

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http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s13593-018-0506-6DOI Listing
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6404675PMC

Grain legume yields are as stable as other spring crops in long-term experiments across northern Europe.

Agron Sustain Dev 2018 2;38(6):63. Epub 2018 Nov 2.

1Leibniz Centre for Agricultural Landscape Research, Eberswalder Str. 84, 15374 Müncheberg, Germany.

Grain legumes produce high-quality protein for food and feed, and potentially contribute to sustainable cropping systems, but they are grown on only 1.5% of European arable land. Low temporal yield stability is one of the reasons held responsible for the low proportion of grain legumes, without sufficient quantitative evidence. Read More

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http://link.springer.com/10.1007/s13593-018-0541-3
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http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s13593-018-0541-3DOI Listing
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6390932PMC
November 2018
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Enhancing agroecosystem productivity with woody perennials in semi-arid West Africa. A meta-analysis.

Agron Sustain Dev 2018 23;38(6):57. Epub 2018 Oct 23.

1Farming Systems Ecology, Wageningen University & Research, Droevendaalsesteeg 1, 6708 PB Wageningen, The Netherlands.

Soil degradation in semi-arid West Africa can be reversed through an intensified application of organic matter, especially on coarse soils. Woody perennials have been promoted in the region to secure organic matter sources and improve soil productive capacity, yet the mechanisms by which perennials provide benefits to soils and crops remain poorly understood, and no effective, generalizable agronomic recommendations exist. Here, we reviewed the effects of trees and shrubs on soil properties and on crop yields in semi-arid West Africa (< 1000 mm year). Read More

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http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s13593-018-0533-3DOI Listing
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6390929PMC
October 2018
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