Identifying agroecological mixed farming strategies for local conditions in San Antonio de Los Baños, Cuba

F.R.F. Monzote, R. Bello, A. Alvarex, A. Hernández, E.A. Lantinga, H. van Keulen

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Abstract

Building on previous research at the experimental and national scales, this study was carried out at the local scale over a four-year period on three farms of reference: one specialized dairy farm ‘Vaquería 10’ (33.7 ha) and two mixed farms, ‘Remedio’ (9.4 ha) and ‘La Sarita’ (47 ha). All three farms are located in the San Antonio de Los Baños municipality, Havana, Cuba. This study illustrates the application of the Ecological Framework for the Assessment of Sustainability (ECOFAS). This methodology consists of a cyclical structure of six steps, aimed at guiding the process of implementing innovative mixed (crop–livestock) farming strategies. Local stakeholders (farmers, researchers, extension officers and representatives of the ministry of agriculture in the municipality) identified alternative strategies for agriculture in the region, based on the critical technological, environmental and socio-economic factors constraining the current performance of farming systems. The results show that implementation of ‘best practice’ mixed farming systems management strategies in the region potentially can lead to a strong positive impact on land productivity, food self-sufficiency as well as improve socio-economic performance.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)208-229
JournalInternational Journal of Agricultural Sustainability
Volume10
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2012

Keywords

  • farming systems
  • cuba
  • alternative farming
  • mixed farming
  • agroecology
  • farm management
  • sustainable agriculture
  • rural development
  • systems
  • agriculture
  • indicators
  • diversity
  • impact
  • asia

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