Social-ecological outcomes of agricultural intensification

Laura Vang Rasmussen, Brendan Coolsaet, Ole Mertz, Unai Pascual, Esteve Corbera, Neil Dawson, Janet A. Fisher, Phil Franks, Casey M. Ryan, Adrian Martin

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© 2018 The Publisher. Land-use intensification in agrarian landscapes is seen as a key strategy to simultaneously feed humanity and use ecosystems sustainably, but the conditions that support positive social-ecological outcomes remain poorly documented. We address this knowledge gap by synthesizing research that analyses how agricultural intensification affects both ecosystem services and human well-being in low- and middle-income countries. Overall, we find that agricultural intensification is rarely found to lead to simultaneous positive ecosystem service and well-being outcomes. This is particularly the case when ecosystem services other than food provisioning are taken into consideration.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)275-282
JournalNature Sustainability
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jun 2018


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