Action Research Tackles the Sustainability Problem of Agricultural Intensification

Oct 17, 2019
  • 12:30 pm – 1:30 pm
  • Location:
    AERL Theatre Room 120
    2202 Main Mall
    Vancouver, BC

This event is free, registration is not required.

Agricultural development is facing a sustainability crisis. Conventional science has focused on intensification pathways that support crop yield gains, at the cost of pollution, biodiversity loss and food system vulnerability. Action science offers an alternative, one that builds on client-oriented, participatory approaches to co-learning in an iterative manner.

This talk will draw on decades of agroecology action research in Malawi to explore an alternative to reductionist, conventional approaches. Join Peter Wall International Visiting Research Scholar Sieglinde Snapp to learn about participatory action research on agroecology, and novel alternatives to an annual-centric intensification of crops.

Sieglinde Snapp is a Professor of Soils and Cropping Systems Ecology and Associate Director of the Center for Global Change Earth Observations at Michigan State University. She is also Senior Advisor to Innovation Systems for the Drylands, ICRISAT. Her team has helped shape agricultural policy in Malawi, flagged declines in soil productivity, and identified overlooked forms of crop diversity for sustainable food systems.

This event is co-hosted by: The Institute for Resources, Environment and Sustainability, and UBC Land and Food Systems.