Exploring options for sustainable farming systems development for vegetable family farmers in Uruguay using a modeling toolkit

M. Casagrande, S. Dogliotti, J.C.J. Groot, V. Aguerre, A. Abbas, A. Albin, G.D.H. Claassen, P. Chilibroste, W.A.H. Rossing

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Abstract

Economic and environmental sustainability of family-based vegetable production systems in south Uruguay are seriously compromised after two decades of net decreasing prices and strategies based on specialization and intensification. This paper presents a model-based exploration of alternative livelihood strategies in terms of income generation and resource use, under three different future scenarios defined by local experts. We designed new production activities (rotation and animal productions), evaluated them with economical and environmental indicators and finally combined them at farm-scale to elucidate win-win situations and tradeoffs. Results were used for defining policy briefs to support ongoing local innovation processes
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationBuilding sustainable rural futures. The added value of systems approaches in times of change and uncertainty, Vienna, Austria, 04 - 07 July, 2010
EditorsI Darnhofer, M Grötzer
Place of PublicationVienna
PublisherUniversity of Natural Resources and Applied Life Sciences
Pages463-469
ISBN (Print)9783200019089
Publication statusPublished - 2010
Event9th European IFSA Symposium, Vienna, Austria -
Duration: 4 Jul 20107 Jul 2010

Conference

Conference9th European IFSA Symposium, Vienna, Austria
Period4/07/107/07/10

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