The sustainable livelihoods approach: a frame for furthering our understanding of organic farming systems

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  • Myles Oelofse
  • Henning Høgh Jensen

The rapid development of organic agriculture on a global scale has led to an increased

inclusion of producers in developing and transitional countries in the organic food

chain. In order to enhance the theoretical frame for the analysis and understanding of

the impact that inclusion in the organic food chain has on producers and their families,

an analysis was conducted of the use of the Sustainable Livelihoods Approach (SLA).

The SLA provides a holistic and integrative approach which researchers can use as

the overriding frame for their research. The application of the approach is

recommended as it enables us to maintain important elements of the sustainability

vision, yet emphasises that a number of assets influence farmers' livelihoods and it

maintains the focus on salience, legitimacy, and credibility in the research.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationCultivation the future based on science : volume 1: organic crop production
EditorsDaniel Neuhoff, Niels Halberg, Thomas Alföldi, William Lockeretz, Andreas Thommen, Ilse A. Rasmussen, John Hermansen, Mette Vaarst, Lorna Lueck, Fabio Caporali, Henning Høgh Jensen, Paola Migliorini, Helga Willer
Number of pages4
PublisherInternational Society of Organic Agriculture Research (ISOFAR)
Publication date2008
ISBN (Print)978-3-03736-023-1
Publication statusPublished - 2008
EventThe Scientific Conference of the International Society of Organic Agriculture Research (ISOFAR) - Modena, Italy
Duration: 18 Jun 200820 Jun 2008
Conference number: 2


ConferenceThe Scientific Conference of the International Society of Organic Agriculture Research (ISOFAR)

    Research areas

  • Former LIFE faculty - sustainable livelihoods, organic agriculture, agricultural research

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