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Conventional agriculture faces many challenges, where feeding a growing human population under climate change and biodiversity loss impacts is crucial to keeping “life” on planet earth. Nowadays, several non-profit organizations and governments promote agroecology as the only viable way in achieving sustainable food production without risking environmental integrity. As a transdisciplinary scientific discipline, agroecology deals with a set of principles and practices from a wide range of scientific disciplines, and also a variety of local-traditional knowledge that arises from farmers’ experiences. When both sources of knowledge are combined, applied protocols seeking the enhancement of social, economic and ecological dimensions can promote sustainable development amongst farmers, communities, countries, and potentially, the whole world. In an attempt that helps boosting the visibility and research efforts associated with agroecology in Chile, Agro Sur journal has launched a special issue in agroecology. Thus, by promoting the communication of agroecological experiences (and its associated disciplines) through our special issue, the idea of implementing agroecology in monoculture-dominated landscapes of Chile can be highlighted by discussing on how scientific evidence and traditional knowledge can re-shape the current trajectory of agriculture.

Dr. Mauricio González-Chang
Universidad de Aysén

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