Multidimensional performance of periurban horticulture: Assessing agroecological transition and soil health

Ana Clara Sokolowski, Valeria E. Álvarez, Agustín Mangiarotti, Carola Gonçalves Vila Cova, Javier De Grazia, Hernán A. Rodríguez, Mónica B. Barrios, Barbara Prack McCormick*

*Bijbehorende auteur voor dit werk

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This study aims to produce evidence on the performance of horticultural systems in the peri-urban area of Buenos Aires (Argentina), based on the 10 Elements of Agroecology with an emphasis on soil health. To this end, we performed a survey with the Tool for Agroecology Performance Evaluation (TAPE) Step 1, and we measured soil physical, chemical, and biological properties in family farms self-defined as agroecological or conventional. Results reflected overall low transition-to-agroecology indices and poor soil quality in the studied area. However, self-defined agroecological systems have made significant strides toward agroecological transition with higher scores mainly affecting Elements describing management and innovation aspects of the agroecological transition but also those describing the social aspects and the enabling environment. Finally, self-defined agroecological farms exhibit better soil health scores for the indicators aggregates stability, soil organic carbon, and soil basal respiration, than conventional farms. Nevertheless, there is still potential to be exploited and constraints to be overcome to improve the transition to agroecology of horticultural systems in this area.

Originele taal-2English
Pagina's (van-tot)281-310
Aantal pagina's30
TijdschriftAgroecology and Sustainable Food Systems
Nummer van het tijdschrift2
Vroegere onlinedatum2023
StatusPublished - 2024

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