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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