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Telecoupled Food Security: Understanding Socio-Ecological Outcomes of Agricultural Intensification

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This Research Topic will focus on the outcomes of agricultural intensification driven by local to global processes, exogenous to where agricultural intensification takes place. With less suitable and/or available land for agricultural production and increasing pressure to set aside land for conservation, agricultural intensification under the mandates of food security and development/poverty alleviation is being promoted in the Global South by governments and other actors. The drive towards agricultural intensification (including ‘sustainable intensification’) raises questions about how it will impact local communities in terms of inclusion, equity, and livelihoods, as well on the environment across scales. The topic is multi-disciplinary and will include the themes listed below, focusing on linkages between distant places and utilizing a telecoupling framework.

• Agricultural intensification under different modes of production, such as smallholder, outgrower and plantation
• Land suitability versus land availability for agricultural intensification
• The political ecology of crop intensification
• Certification, consumer ethics demands and corporate responsibility: is agricultural intensification a plausible pathway to sustainable sourcing of commodity crops?
• The governance of agricultural intensification
• The effect of agricultural intensification on human well-being
• The effect of agricultural intensification on ecosystem services


Keywords: Certification, Commodities, Deforestation, Ecosystem Services, Land Use, Poverty Alleviation, Rural Development, Supply Chains, Telecoupling, Trade


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.

This Research Topic will focus on the outcomes of agricultural intensification driven by local to global processes, exogenous to where agricultural intensification takes place. With less suitable and/or available land for agricultural production and increasing pressure to set aside land for conservation, agricultural intensification under the mandates of food security and development/poverty alleviation is being promoted in the Global South by governments and other actors. The drive towards agricultural intensification (including ‘sustainable intensification’) raises questions about how it will impact local communities in terms of inclusion, equity, and livelihoods, as well on the environment across scales. The topic is multi-disciplinary and will include the themes listed below, focusing on linkages between distant places and utilizing a telecoupling framework.

• Agricultural intensification under different modes of production, such as smallholder, outgrower and plantation
• Land suitability versus land availability for agricultural intensification
• The political ecology of crop intensification
• Certification, consumer ethics demands and corporate responsibility: is agricultural intensification a plausible pathway to sustainable sourcing of commodity crops?
• The governance of agricultural intensification
• The effect of agricultural intensification on human well-being
• The effect of agricultural intensification on ecosystem services


Keywords: Certification, Commodities, Deforestation, Ecosystem Services, Land Use, Poverty Alleviation, Rural Development, Supply Chains, Telecoupling, Trade


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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17 June 2019 Manuscript

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