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Agroforestry, Food Sovereignty and Value Chains for Sustainable Food Systems

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Diversified food systems are essential for the sustainability of production systems. Agroforests, as diversified systems, have a huge potential not only to increase the sustainability of production systems, but also to promote a systemic shift in the food system, creating new connections between consumers and producers that allow for and reward diversified farming systems for food production but also create other benefits. Agroforestry systems can be linked to concepts such as diversified organic farming, healthy nutrition and accessible healthy food and can promote the emancipation from the corporate food regime through family farming and short value chains.

Focusing on agroforestry systems, we encourage all authors with positive experiences and/or critical views that can contribute with sound data to the necessary systemic shift to the diversification of food systems (Research papers), but also Reviews, Policy and Practical Reviews and Perspective papers that foster the societal and political debates around our current and future food systems.

We are particularly interested in papers that:
• explore the role of agroforestry systems in promoting the diversification and more importantly the transition to food sovereignty and governance of food systems.
• critically analyze the socio-economic and political debates around the use of agroforests
• explore new alternatives allowing for and rewarding diversified systems.
• report on how changes in the value chain, social organization (cooperatives, etc.), development of markets, new production strategies, rights on seeds, trees and land, etc. have favoured diversification of production systems.
• analyze from a feminist perspective, the contribution of agroforests to sustainable food systems, including any aspect of the value chain, the labor division between men and women (farm and household dynamics), or the generation of employment in the diversified systems.
• look at the contribution of traditional knowledge and cultural aspects to supporting the sustainability and diversification of agroforestry systems.


Keywords: Agroforestry, agroecology, food sovereignty, agrobiodiversity, nutrition


Important Note: All contributions to this Research Topic must be within the scope of the section and journal to which they are submitted, as defined in their mission statements. Frontiers reserves the right to guide an out-of-scope manuscript to a more suitable section or journal at any stage of peer review.

Diversified food systems are essential for the sustainability of production systems. Agroforests, as diversified systems, have a huge potential not only to increase the sustainability of production systems, but also to promote a systemic shift in the food system, creating new connections between consumers and producers that allow for and reward diversified farming systems for food production but also create other benefits. Agroforestry systems can be linked to concepts such as diversified organic farming, healthy nutrition and accessible healthy food and can promote the emancipation from the corporate food regime through family farming and short value chains.

Focusing on agroforestry systems, we encourage all authors with positive experiences and/or critical views that can contribute with sound data to the necessary systemic shift to the diversification of food systems (Research papers), but also Reviews, Policy and Practical Reviews and Perspective papers that foster the societal and political debates around our current and future food systems.

We are particularly interested in papers that:
• explore the role of agroforestry systems in promoting the diversification and more importantly the transition to food sovereignty and governance of food systems.
• critically analyze the socio-economic and political debates around the use of agroforests
• explore new alternatives allowing for and rewarding diversified systems.
• report on how changes in the value chain, social organization (cooperatives, etc.), development of markets, new production strategies, rights on seeds, trees and land, etc. have favoured diversification of production systems.
• analyze from a feminist perspective, the contribution of agroforests to sustainable food systems, including any aspect of the value chain, the labor division between men and women (farm and household dynamics), or the generation of employment in the diversified systems.
• look at the contribution of traditional knowledge and cultural aspects to supporting the sustainability and diversification of agroforestry systems.


Keywords: Agroforestry, agroecology, food sovereignty, agrobiodiversity, nutrition


Important Note: All contributions to this Research Topic must be within the scope of the section and journal to which they are submitted, as defined in their mission statements. Frontiers reserves the right to guide an out-of-scope manuscript to a more suitable section or journal at any stage of peer review.

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31 January 2021 Abstract
12 July 2021 Manuscript

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12 July 2021 Manuscript

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