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Unique combinations of stakeholders in a transfrontier conservation area promote biodiversity-agriculture integration

Chitakira M., Torquebiau E., Ferguson W.. 2012. Journal of Sustainable Agriculture, 36 (3) : p. 275-295.

The world seeks to balance biodiversity protection and food production. Transfrontier conservation areas (TFCAs) provide unique opportunities for strategies that combine agriculture with biodiversity conservation at a landscape level, known as ecoagriculture. We identified and consulted ecoagriculture stakeholders in a smallholder farming community within a TFCA. Data were obtained through key informant interviews and questionnaire surveys. Eighty-eight percent of key informants indicated that planned ecoagriculture was feasible in the area and 95% of interviewed farmers positively considered to plan the integration of biodiversity conservation and farming. Potential conflicts of interest were revealed among stakeholders but to a large extent, stakeholder roles and interests were complementary, creating an environment conducive to effective coordinated ecoagriculture planning. (Résumé d'auteur)

Mots-clés : agroécologie; enquête sur exploitations agricoles; petite exploitation agricole; gestion des ressources; conservation des ressources; agroécosystème; paysage; développement agricole; production alimentaire; agriculture alternative; biodiversité; afrique du sud

Thématique : Conservation de la nature et ressources foncières; Economie et politique du développement; Agriculture - Considérations générales; Méthodes de recherche

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