Revamping ecosystem services through agroecology-the case of cereals

Sethuraman, Gomathy and Mohd Zain, Nurul Amalina and Yusoff, Sumiani and Ng, Yin Mei and Baisakh, Niranjan and Cheng, Acga (2021) Revamping ecosystem services through agroecology-the case of cereals. Agriculture-Basel, 11 (3). ISSN 2077-0472, DOI

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Globally, farming systems are mostly dominated by monoculture, which has the advantage of profitability at the expense of ecological systems. Recent years have witnessed an increasing momentum in global efforts to deploy sustainable agriculture practices that mimic ecological processes, with agroecology at the forefront. In addition to the ecological aspect, agroecology also encompasses economic and social aspects targeting the whole food system. Transformative agroecology has been recognized as a stepping stone to achieving several Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), due to its great potential to build climate change-resilient farming systems while enhancing ecosystem services and reducing biodiversity loss. Nonetheless, the available literature on the recent developments and future trajectories of the adoption of agroecology approaches for improving the production of cereals, the most important group of food crops, is limited. This review aims to highlight the blueprint of agroecology that can contribute to the achievements of the SDGs, allowing explicit interpretation of the term that will benefit twenty-first century agriculture. Using cereal crops as the case study, we provide insights into how far this field has come and the main barriers to its adoption, and conclude that this approach of ``science for and with society'' is the way forward for building a resilient future.

Item Type: Article
Funders: Universiti Malaya [IIRG0002D-2020FNW], United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) [FX18BF-10777R040]
Uncontrolled Keywords: Agroecology; Biodiversity; Climate change; Rice; Sustainable agriculture
Subjects: Q Science > Q Science (General)
T Technology > T Technology (General)
Divisions: Deputy Vice Chancellor (Research & Innovation) Office > Institute of Ocean and Earth Sciences
Depositing User: Ms Zaharah Ramly
Date Deposited: 15 Aug 2022 01:09
Last Modified: 15 Aug 2022 01:09

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