Taking an agroecological approach to recovery: is it worth it and is it possible?

Julia Wright, Lionel Weerakoon

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The recovery of agriculture after conflict comprises a complex mix of challenges:
those of agricultural development combined with those dealing with the impacts
of conflict. Within this, it would be difficult to come across a development
intervention nowadays that would not describe its activities as ‘sustainable’. Yet
just as there are more – and less – sustainable agricultural approaches in stable
regions, similarly the types of agriculture that are being promoted in post-conflict
situations may also vary widely in terms of their multipurpose effectiveness over
time. This chapter addresses the nature of agricultural approaches in post-conflict
situations as they relate to sustainability of the natural resource base. Taking as its
standpoint that – just as in a non-conflict situation – a more agroecological approach
is essential for sustainability; it questions the extent to which current agricultural
rehabilitation efforts are taking an agroecological approach and identifies the
constraints to this. Two examples are used from post-conflict environments: the
resettlement of detainees in northern Sri Lanka, and the rehabilitation of orchards
in Afghanistan. Some best practise options are identified.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationChallenging Post Conflict Environments: Sustainable Agriculture.
PublisherAshgate Publishing Ltd
Number of pages13
ISBN (Print) 9781317168720
Publication statusPublished - 2012

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