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Social-ecological outcomes of agricultural intensification

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  • Laura Rasmussen
  • Brendan Coolsaet
  • Adrian Martin
  • Ole Mertz
  • Unai Pascual
  • Esteve Corbera
  • Neil Dawson
  • Janet Fisher
  • Phil Franks
  • Casey Ryan

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Original languageEnglish
JournalNature Sustainability
Publication statusPublished - 14 Jun 2018


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.

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