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Adoption of agroecological practices in Sweden: policies, obstacles and strategies of small-scale agroecological farmers

Authors: Eric Clark*, Lund University, Annika Pissin, Lund University
Topics: Agricultural Geography, Food Systems, Cultural and Political Ecology
Keywords: agricultural policy, agroecology, small-scale farming, sustainable agriculture, Sweden
Session Type: Paper
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While there is growing awareness of the need for a “paradigm shift from industrial agriculture to diversified agroecological systems” (IPES-Food 2016), there is no apparent momentum in this direction in national and international agricultural policies. This paper reports on initial findings of an ongoing research project, ‘Sustainable welfare and transitioning to sustainable agriculture: small-scale agroecological farming in Sweden’, the purpose of which is to study obstacles to and facilitators of the adoption of agroecological farming in Sweden. We first present an overview of structural changes and policy shifts in Swedish agriculture in recent decades. Based on interviews with farmers in three counties in Sweden, we identify obstacles to adoption of agroecological practices, and examine the farmers’ strategies for survival in a context where small-scale farming is universally a sideline, complemented with other income.

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