Agroecology and Sustainable Agricultural Systems

Dörner, J., González-Chang, M., Zúñiga, F.


Editorial, Special Issue: Agroecology and Sustainable Agricultural Systems


Agricultural practices are essential for producing enough food to feed a constantly increasing human population, but when applying them in farms, we also have to consider that we need to live in a safe world within planetary boundaries. Unfortunately, conventional agricultural activities are one of the main drivers for losing ecosystem functions provided by nature such as pollination, pest control, decomposition of soil organic matter and cycling of soil nutrients, amongst many others. Therefore, we have to research strategies that help us reaching a sustainable agriculture framework through exploring the principles of agroecology, regenerative agriculture, permaculture, natural agriculture, sustainable intensification, biodynamics and biointensive agriculture. All these types of agricultural systems can help in achieving food security and sovereignty, sufficient drinking water supply, and reduction of greenhouse gas emissions.
The present Agro Sur Special Issue in “Agroecology and Sustainable Agricultural Systems” aims to highlight the relevance of using agroecological principles and practices to achieve sustainable agricultural systems under climate change scenarios. For this reason, we compiled contributions on: i) sustainable management of soils (Haas et al.), ii) conservation biological control (Wyckhuys and González-Chang), iii) agroecological practices for sustainable food and livestock production (Beaumont et al., and Flores et al.), iv) urban agroecology (Altieri and Nicholls), v) sustainable agriculture and food production (Vélez et al., and Bonilla-Muñoz and Marín), and vi) the impacts of multinationals on agricultural research (Fontans-Álvarez et al.).
This Special Issue on Agroecology and Sustainable Agricultural Systems allows Agro Sur Journal to start with a new editorial scope in Sustainable Agricultural Systems that we hope can help promoting the research and communication of alternative biodiverse-rich farming systems. The new scope will deal with topics related to agroecology (in its broad sense), regenerative agriculture, agriculture adaptation to climate change, use of renewable energies, ecological soil management, functional biodiversity in farms, multiple ecosystem services derived from enhancing biodiversity, habitat manipulation, social dynamics associated with agriculture, participative methods to promote the uptake of agroecological knowledge, amongst other related topics.