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The socio-ecological dynamics of tropical silvopastoral systems


The socio-ecological dynamics of tropical silvopastoral systems

Part 1: Tue, July 12, 10:30 - 12:30 hrs, Room: Getsemaní

Part 2: Tue, July 12, 14:00 - 16:00 hrs, Room: Getsemaní


Lois Kinneen, Cristina Rosique-Esplugas

We present multi-disciplinary research on tropical silvopastoral systems (in Colombia, Brazil and Ethiopia) aiming to investigate the impacts of these systems from social, economic, biodiversity and sustainability perspectives, and to understand why implementation of this form of agriculture remains low so that solutions can be found to increase it.

Protecting biodiversity and mitigating the effects of climate change whilst continuing to meet the needs of a growing human population is a key challenge of our time. In recent decades, we have met the increasing global demand for food by extending pastureland leading to alarming rates of deforestation. Instead, sustainable intensification of food production through improved agricultural and land management practices represents a solution to this challenge. Silvopastoral systems have been proposed as one such sustainable solution which considers all three dimensions of sustainable development; economic, social and environmental. This form of agriculture involves integrating a combination of forages, shrubs and trees into pastureland which can increase productivity without extending the agricultural frontier. There has been a recent revival in interest in the development of silvopastoral systems across the tropics and several international research projects are underway focusing on the ecological, social and economic implications. To ensure the effectiveness and sustainability of this form of agriculture we require better understanding of the research that is currently been undertaken in order to enhance synthesis of results across the international community and to inform policy and improve decision making options for intensification of silvopastoral systems. This symposium will present exciting results from recent research into silvopastoral systems from a number of different locations, classes of modification and with a focus on different processes and players. It will consider biodiversity conservation, environmental protection and the cultural and socio-economic aspects that may affect adoption rates. By taking an interdisciplinary approach we hope to reach a wider audience and it should be of interest to all those interested in the socio-ecological dimensions of sustainable agriculture in the tropics.

Public Policies and Silvopastoral Systems in Colombia, Argentina, and Costa Rica: A Comparative Analysis
Leonardo Moreno Lerma, Manuel Díaz Baca, Natalia Triana Angel* and Stefan Burkart

Mixed methodologies to understand livestock farmers’ participation in agri-environmental projects: dialogues about the social in interdisciplinary research
Maria Paula Escobar*

Sustainable Beef Labeling in Latin America: Initiatives based on Silvopastoral Systems
Manuel Díaz Baca*, Leonardo Moreno Lerma, Natalia Triana Angel and Stefan Burkart

The use of Arachis pintoi in cattle systems in Colombia's Orinoquía region as a first step towards silvopastoral systems
Karen Enciso Valencia*, Álvaro Rincón Castillo, Alejandro Ruden and Stefan Burkart

Fast tracking silvopastoral systems by using local tree knowledge in the Amazon region of Colombia
Juan Cardoso*, Mauricio Sotelo-Cabrera and Natalia Triana Angel

Ficus thonningii silvopastures for reducing drought related risks disasters in the drylands of northern Ethiopia
Mulubrhan Balehegn Gebremikael*

The potential of silvopastoral systems in the Brazilian Amazon’s ‘arc of deforestation’
Saulo Souza, Andrezza Spexoto, Alexandre Olival, Kyle Dexter, William Milliken, Rosalía Piñeiro, Maristerra Lemes, Carolyn Petersen, Ana Carolina França Bogo, Catherine Kidner and Toby Pennington*

Potential economic benefits of integrating silvopastoral arrangements in Latin American beef cattle fattening systems
Irieleth Gallo Caro, Karen Enciso Valencia* and Stefan Burkart

Silvopastoral systems: contributions to the environment and local livelihoods in the Colombian Amazon
Miguel Romero Sanchez* and Marcela Quintero

Can silvopasture support biodiversity in Amazonian farmlands?
Lois Kinneen*, Cristina Rosique-Esplugas, Michael Garratt, Jill Thompson, Yardany Ramos Pastrana, Luis Miguel Hernandez and Edwin Trujillo

Ficus thonningii silvopastures for livelihood improvement, climate change adaptation and environmental resilience
Mulubrhan Gebremikael*

Silvopastoral Systems, working with communities in the Department of Caquetá
Mauricio Sotelo-Cabrera*, Juan Cardoso, Alejandro Montoya and Jacobo Arango

Silvopastoral systems to promote pollinator friendly cattle production systems
Juan Cardoso, Stefan Burkart and Narjes Manuel*


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