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Publication | 23 March 2021

Lume: a method for the economic-ecological analysis of agroecosystems

In spite of the growing recognition of agroecology around the world, there is still a significant lack of adequate tools for the study of the economic basis of agroecosystems that are appropriate for the modes of production and livelihoods of family farmers and indigenous people. The Lume method for economic-ecological analysis of agroecosystems presented in this publication is a contribution to bridge this gap. The Lume method understands agroecosystems as manifestations of social and economic reproduction strategies of farming families and communities. It sheds light on socio-political relations that determine the labour processes in the production and distribution of wealth in agri-food systems. Based on participatory approaches to the construction of knowledge, the method classifies and analyses information about the structure and functioning of agroecosystems. The publication highlights how the systematic use of the Lume method by different institutions, in different socio-environmental contexts and for different purposes, has revealed its versatility as an instrument for promoting agroecology. As a reference for the production of contextualized knowledge in specific agrarian settings, it has been used to provide technical advice programs to local farmers’ organizations and academic research projects.

Lume: a method for the economic-ecological analysis of agroecosystems

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