Systems thinking: An approach for understanding 'eco-agri-food systems'

Adebiyi Adegboyega, Georg K. S. Andersson, Anna Maria Augustyn, Richard Bawden, Andrew Bell, Ika Darnhofer, John Dearing, James Dyke, Pierre Failler, Leonardo Galetto, Carlos Calvo Hernández, Pierre Johnson, Sarah K. Jones, Gary Kleppe, Adam M. Komarek, Agnieszka Latawiec, Ricardo Mateus, Alistair McVittie, Enrique Ortega, David PhelpsClaudia Ringler, Kamaljit K. Sangha, Marije Schaafsma, Sara Scherr, Md Sarwar Hossain, Jessica P. R. Thorn, Nicholas Tyack, Tim Vaessen, Ernesto Viglizzo, Dominic Walker, Louise Willemen, Sylvia L. R. Wood, W. Zhang, J. Gowdy, A. M. Bassi, M. Santamaria, F. DeClerck

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Abstract

Chapter 2 makes the case for using systems thinking as a guiding perspective for TEEBAgriFood’s development of a comprehensive Evaluation Framework for the eco-agri-food system. Many dimensions of the eco-agri-food system create complex analytical and policy challenges. Systems thinking allows better understanding and forecasting of the outcomes of policy decisions by illuminating how the components of a system are interconnected with one another and how the drivers of change are determined and impacted by feedback loops, delays and non-linear relationships. To establish the building blocks of a theory of change, systems thinking empowers us to move beyond technical analysis and decision-tool toward more integrated approaches that can aid in the forming of a common ground for cultural changes
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Economics of Ecosystems and Biodiversity (TEEB) (2018)
Subtitle of host publicationTEEB for Agriculture & Food: Scientific and Economic Foundations
PublisherUN Environment
Number of pages39
ISBN (Print)978-92-807-3702-8
Publication statusPublished - 1 Sep 2018

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