Proposal of a principle cum scale analytical framework for analyzing agroecological development projects

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Auteur
Diane Kapgen, Laurence Roudart
Année
2020
Edition
Taylor & Francis
Collection
Agroecology and Sustainable Food Systems

ABSTRACT


Because agroecology has different meanings, it may be used in an arbitrary and potentially abusive way when deployed by development cooperation actors conceiving “agroecology-based” development projects. To make the appropriation of agroecology more transparent, we first review the recent attempts in academia to clarify the concept and identify two main trends: a principle-based agroecology and a series of different agroecologies. Based on a critical assessment of these attempts, we then propose a new frework to program, implement and analyze agroecological development projects: it distinguishes different agroecologies with their corresponding categories of principles and their scales of intervention. Further, we argue in favor of a specific category of methodological principles.