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Pathways to scaling agroecology in the city region: scaling out, scaling up and scaling deep through community-Led trade

Nicol, Poppy 2020. Pathways to scaling agroecology in the city region: scaling out, scaling up and scaling deep through community-Led trade. Sustainability 12 (19) , 7842. 10.3390/su12197842

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Abstract

Scaling agroecology has the potential to support more sustainable and just food futures. This article investigates a case of community-led trade operating in the city region of London. Drawing upon interviews with stakeholders and practice-based ethnographic fieldwork, challenges and opportunities for agroecology are examined. Three dimensions of scaling agroecology are identified as pathways to sustainable and just food futures in the city region: scaling out, scaling up and scaling deep. Findings suggest scaling out agroecology requires access to secure, affordable land and infrastructure for agroecological communities of practice, alongside investment in capacity building for agroecological communities of practice via learning platforms (such as training programmes) and knowledge exchange (such as farmer-to-farmer and trader-to-trader learning). Second, scaling up agroecology requires transformations in policy, planning and legislation that value and invest in agroecological practices and divest in unsustainable and unjust food systems, supported via translocal networks for exchange of good practice. Third, scaling deep agroecology requires investment both in transformative learning opportunities and networks that support agroecological communities of practices, including those with lived experience of food injustice. Findings have implications for the question regarding scaling agroecology in the city region. View Full-Text Keywords: agroecology; city region; scaling up; scaling out; scaling deep; sustainable food systems; practice-based

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Published Online
Status: Published
Schools: Social Sciences (Includes Criminology and Education)
Sustainable Places Research Institute (PLACES)
Publisher: MDPI
ISSN: 2071-1050
Funders: ESRC
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 23 September 2020
Date of Acceptance: 21 September 2020
Last Modified: 02 Nov 2020 15:44
URI: http://orca.cf.ac.uk/id/eprint/135038

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