Delineating the multifunctional role of agroecological practices: Toward sustainable livelihoods for smallholder farmers in developing countries

Yuichiro Amekawa, Haroon Sseguya, Sheila Onzere, Ignacio Carranza

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Agroecological practices have increasingly been recognized as major development alternatives that could ensure rural people's basic needs while enhancing the ecological capacities grounding their livelihoods. This paper explores the multifaceted dimensions of agroecological practices that could potentially address the compelling livelihood necessities of less advantaged smallholder farmers in developing countries. It is argued that, despite its claim to uphold interdisciplinary approaches, agroecology as a scientific discipline has originally been led by ecologists and agronomists, with interdisciplinary collaboration largely limited to anthropologists. The concept of agricultural multifunctionality is proposed to help address the existing limitations in agroecology and thus overcome the conventional chasm between ecological research and social realities in agroecology-based development.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)202-228
Number of pages27
JournalJournal of Sustainable Agriculture
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Feb 1 2010


All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Renewable Energy, Sustainability and the Environment
  • Development
  • Agronomy and Crop Science

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