Opportunities and barriers in diversified farming and the use of agroecological principles in the Global North: The experiences of Danish biodynamic farmers

Bidragets oversatte titel: Opportunities and barriers in diversified farming and the use of agroecological principles in the Global North - The experiences of Danish biodynamic farmers

Ane Kirstine Aare*, Jonas Egmose, Søren Lund, Henrik Hauggaard-Nielsen

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Abstract

Diversification through agroecological principles may maintain and stabilize yields in an increasingly more unpredictable climate, including market price fluctuations, as well as preserve and enhance the threatened natural resource base and the environment. Based on a participatory interview process this article identifies the barriers encountered by a group of Danish biodynamic farmers striving for self-sufficient farm systems with no or very little dependency on imported materials by developing biologically, economically and socially diverse farms. Through an iterative interview process the study found that barriers outside farm management are hindering the transition toward diverse farming and that a further exploration of the need for and implications of food sovereignty in the Global North might generate the discussions needed to support implementation of more agroecological farming system practises.
Bidragets oversatte titelOpportunities and barriers in diversified farming and the use of agroecological principles in the Global North - The experiences of Danish biodynamic farmers
OriginalsprogEngelsk
TidsskriftAgroecology and Sustainable Food Systems
Vol/bind45
Udgave nummer3
Sider (fra-til)390-416
Antal sider27
ISSN2168-3565
DOI
StatusUdgivet - 2021

Bibliografisk note

Funding Information:
This work was supported by the European Union’s Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation Programme under Grant No. 727217-funding the project “Redesigning European cropping systems based on species mixtures”(ReMIX) with the aim to “exploit the benefits of species mixtures to design more diversified and resilient agroecological arable cropping systems” (remix-intercrops.eu) with a specific focus on implementation and farmer involvement due to the Horizon 2020 requirements for a multi-actor-approach (EIP-Agri ). The opinions expressed in this paper are not necessarily those of the EU.

Funding Information:
This research has been funded by the European Union?s Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation Programme under Grant No. [727217]. We thank the interviewed farmers and the Biodynamic Association Denmark for taking their time to participate in this study. This work was supported by the European Union?s Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation Programme under Grant No. 727217-funding the project ?Redesigning European cropping systems based on species mixtures?(ReMIX) with the aim to ?exploit the benefits of species mixtures to design more diversified and resilient agroecological arable cropping systems? (remix-intercrops.eu) with a specific focus on implementation and farmer involvement due to the Horizon 2020 requirements for a multi-actor-approach (EIP-Agri 2017). The opinions expressed in this paper are not necessarily those of the EU.

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