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Global questions, local answers: soil management and sustainable intensification in diverse socioeconomic contexts of Cuba

Nils Max McCune, Yanetsy Ruiz González, Edith Aguila Alcántara, Osvaldo Fernández Martínez, Calixto Onelio Fundora, Niria Castillo Arzola, Pedro Cairo Cairo, Marijke D'Haese UGent, Stefaan De Neve UGent and Francisco Guevara Hernández (2011) JOURNAL OF SUSTAINABLE AGRICULTURE. 35(6). p.650-670
abstract
In the complex context of global food and agricultural systems, research in agriculture must respond to multidisciplinary questions of economic development, ecological sustainability and food justice. With the objective of responding to several of the most important questions facing agriculture today, this article describes recent research in three Cuban cropping systems: state farms, cooperatives, and small family farmers. Soil management is considered here as a crux of human intervention in agroecosystems, capable of determining the impacts of productive activities upon agricultural and ecosystem functions. Management practices commonly used in each farm system are evaluated using two systems of indicators, one for technological quality and one for agricultural intensification. Soil physical quality is characterized through laboratory analysis of samples taken in the same type of soil under long-term production in state, cooperative, and family farmer cropping systems. Soil structure management in the small farmer system is especially worthy of study, because this agricultural system has developed an intensive agroecological productive model on the basis of low external input use, polycultures and internal nutrient cycling. Favorable policies and farmer organizations are discussed as indispensible elements of sustainable agricultural development. The relationships between soil management, local knowledge, and food access are explored in the Cuban context and as directions for food system studies.
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soil structure, Cuba, local knowledge, farm systems, soil management, agricultural intensification, INDICATORS, AGROECOLOGY, AGRICULTURE, FOOD SOVEREIGNTY
journal title
JOURNAL OF SUSTAINABLE AGRICULTURE
J. Sustain. Agric.
volume
35
issue
6
pages
650 - 670
Web of Science type
Article
Web of Science id
000295124900006
JCR category
AGRICULTURE, MULTIDISCIPLINARY
JCR impact factor
0.673 (2011)
JCR rank
23/57 (2011)
JCR quartile
2 (2011)
ISSN
1044-0046
DOI
10.1080/10440046.2011.586595
language
English
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A1
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1953951
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http://hdl.handle.net/1854/LU-1953951
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2011-11-25 12:01:12
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  abstract     = {In the complex context of global food and agricultural systems, research in agriculture must respond to multidisciplinary questions of economic development, ecological sustainability and food justice. With the objective of responding to several of the most important questions facing agriculture today, this article describes recent research in three Cuban cropping systems: state farms, cooperatives, and small family farmers. Soil management is considered here as a crux of human intervention in agroecosystems, capable of determining the impacts of productive activities upon agricultural and ecosystem functions. Management practices commonly used in each farm system are evaluated using two systems of indicators, one for technological quality and one for agricultural intensification. Soil physical quality is characterized through laboratory analysis of samples taken in the same type of soil under long-term production in state, cooperative, and family farmer cropping systems. Soil structure management in the small farmer system is especially worthy of study, because this agricultural system has developed an intensive agroecological productive model on the basis of low external input use, polycultures and internal nutrient cycling. Favorable policies and farmer organizations are discussed as indispensible elements of sustainable agricultural development. The relationships between soil management, local knowledge, and food access are explored in the Cuban context and as directions for food system studies.},
  author       = {McCune, Nils Max and Ruiz Gonz{\'a}lez, Yanetsy and Aguila Alc{\'a}ntara, Edith and Fern{\'a}ndez Mart{\'i}nez, Osvaldo and Onelio Fundora, Calixto and Castillo Arzola, Niria and Cairo Cairo, Pedro and D'Haese, Marijke and De Neve, Stefaan and Guevara Hern{\'a}ndez, Francisco},
  issn         = {1044-0046},
  journal      = {JOURNAL OF SUSTAINABLE AGRICULTURE},
  keyword      = {soil structure,Cuba,local knowledge,farm systems,soil management,agricultural intensification,INDICATORS,AGROECOLOGY,AGRICULTURE,FOOD SOVEREIGNTY},
  language     = {eng},
  number       = {6},
  pages        = {650--670},
  title        = {Global questions, local answers: soil management and sustainable intensification in diverse socioeconomic contexts of Cuba},
  url          = {http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/10440046.2011.586595},
  volume       = {35},
  year         = {2011},
}

Chicago
McCune, Nils Max, Yanetsy Ruiz González, Edith Aguila Alcántara, Osvaldo Fernández Martínez, Calixto Onelio Fundora, Niria Castillo Arzola, Pedro Cairo Cairo, Marijke D’Haese, Stefaan De Neve, and Francisco Guevara Hernández. 2011. “Global Questions, Local Answers: Soil Management and Sustainable Intensification in Diverse Socioeconomic Contexts of Cuba.” Journal of Sustainable Agriculture 35 (6): 650–670.
APA
McCune, N. M., Ruiz González, Y., Aguila Alcántara, E., Fernández Martínez, O., Onelio Fundora, C., Castillo Arzola, N., Cairo Cairo, P., et al. (2011). Global questions, local answers: soil management and sustainable intensification in diverse socioeconomic contexts of Cuba. JOURNAL OF SUSTAINABLE AGRICULTURE, 35(6), 650–670.
Vancouver
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McCune NM, Ruiz González Y, Aguila Alcántara E, Fernández Martínez O, Onelio Fundora C, Castillo Arzola N, et al. Global questions, local answers: soil management and sustainable intensification in diverse socioeconomic contexts of Cuba. JOURNAL OF SUSTAINABLE AGRICULTURE. 2011;35(6):650–70.
MLA
McCune, Nils Max, Yanetsy Ruiz González, Edith Aguila Alcántara, et al. “Global Questions, Local Answers: Soil Management and Sustainable Intensification in Diverse Socioeconomic Contexts of Cuba.” JOURNAL OF SUSTAINABLE AGRICULTURE 35.6 (2011): 650–670. Print.