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We aim to contribute to the development of nature-driven, sustainable agri-food systems and landscapes in which both people and nature are able to thrive. As nature reserves represent less than 3% of the land area of the planet, biodiversity needs to be conserved in production landscapes, at the same time as providing ecosystem services (food, energy, clean water, habitats, climate regulation, etc.) of local and global relevance to society. We use agroecological knowledge co-created with relevant stakeholders to design inclusive, resilient, and regenerative agriculture and land use systems. We combine disciplines and collaborate with different research groups from around the world to address questions that help us understand/design:

  • Human-nature interactions, tradeoffs and synergies in production landscapes
  • Transdisciplinary approaches to support agroecology and regenerative farming innovations
  • Contribution and adaptation of agri-food systems to climate change, from field to globe
  • Rural livelihoods, circular (bio)economy and nutritional security in smallholder agriculture
  • Management practices and production systems that foster soil restoration, health and microbiome integrity/functionality

We communicate our research findings through a diversity of media outlets to inform societal debates and policies around food, nature, rural livelihoods and community development in the northern and southern hemispheres (blog). With the support of WWF and other international partners, we embed our research and training activities within broader development actions by engaging with civil organizations, governmental agencies and social movements.

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