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Building an Agroecological Process towards Agricultural Sustainability: A Case Study from Southern Spain

SUMAS Research Group, Department of Agricultural Chemistry, Soil Science and Microbiology, Faculty of Science, Agri-Food Campus of International Excellence—ceiA3, University of Cordoba, 14071 Cordoba, Spain
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Academic Editors: José Luis Vicente-Vicente, Cristina Quintas-Soriano and María D. López-Rodríguez
Received: 17 September 2021 / Revised: 13 October 2021 / Accepted: 17 October 2021 / Published: 19 October 2021
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Reconnecting People with Nature through Agriculture)
The urgent need to implement agricultural systems that provide greater sustainability and resilience to the challenges of the climate change process has meant that alternative paradigms for agri-food systems and agriculture have become more relevant in recent times. In this study, we present the building process and consolidation of an agro-ecological project (Extiercol) in a rural area of southern Spain, with a prolonged depopulation process and close connections to nearby urban areas. Through participatory action research, the specific objectives of this study are (1) to describe the agroecological collective process from its creation by a youth association to its establishment as a viable agricultural project; (2) to identify the drivers for the development of this type of transition process towards agricultural sustainability and (3) to analyse urban-rural alliances in the establishment of agroecological projects. Finally, the replicability of this project was assessed, with a special focus on the main barriers to be addressed in order to implement this agricultural system such as difficult to land access or a negative perception of sustainable management by farmers. Through this study we have shown how the connection between the food production area and nearby urban areas can be achieved through an agroecological project. View Full-Text
Keywords: sustainable agriculture; rural-urban interaction; agroecology; youth; human-nature connectedness; sustainability transitions; depopulation sustainable agriculture; rural-urban interaction; agroecology; youth; human-nature connectedness; sustainability transitions; depopulation
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González-Rosado, M.; Parras-Alcántara, L.; Aguilera-Huertas, J.; Lozano-García, B. Building an Agroecological Process towards Agricultural Sustainability: A Case Study from Southern Spain. Agriculture 2021, 11, 1024. https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/agriculture11101024

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González-Rosado M, Parras-Alcántara L, Aguilera-Huertas J, Lozano-García B. Building an Agroecological Process towards Agricultural Sustainability: A Case Study from Southern Spain. Agriculture. 2021; 11(10):1024. https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/agriculture11101024

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González-Rosado, Manuel, Luis Parras-Alcántara, Jesús Aguilera-Huertas, and Beatriz Lozano-García. 2021. "Building an Agroecological Process towards Agricultural Sustainability: A Case Study from Southern Spain" Agriculture 11, no. 10: 1024. https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/agriculture11101024

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