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Systems thinking: an approach for understanding ‘eco-agri-food systems’

Systems thinking: an approach for understanding ‘eco-agri-food systems’
Systems thinking: an approach for understanding ‘eco-agri-food systems’
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 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.
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Zhang, W., Gowdy, J., Bassi, A.M., Santamaria, M., DeClerck, F., Adegboyega, A., Andersson, G.K.S., Augustyn, A.M., Bawden, R., Bell, A., Darknhofer, I., Dearing, J., Dyke, J., Failler, P., Galetto, L., Hernández, C.C., Johnson, P., Jones, S.K., Kleppel, G., Komarek, A.M., Latawiec, A., Mateus, R., McVittie, A., Ortega, E., Phelps, D., Ringler, C., Sanga, K.K., Schaafsma, M., Scherr, S., Sohel, Md S.H., Thorn, J.P.R., Tyack, N., Vaessen, T., Viglizzo, E., Walker, D., Willemen, L. and Wood, S.L.R. (2018) Systems thinking: an approach for understanding ‘eco-agri-food systems’. In, The Economics of Ecosystems and Biodiversity (TEEB): TEEB for Agriculture & Food: Scientific and Economic Foundations. Geneva. UN Environment.

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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 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.

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Published date: 26 June 2018
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Author: W. Zhang
Author: J. Gowdy
Author: A.M. Bassi
Author: M. Santamaria
Author: F. DeClerck
Author: A. Adegboyega
Author: G.K.S. Andersson
Author: A.M. Augustyn
Author: R. Bawden
Author: A. Bell
Author: I. Darknhofer
Author: J. Dearing ORCID iD
Author: J. Dyke ORCID iD
Author: P. Failler
Author: L. Galetto
Author: C.C. Hernández
Author: P. Johnson
Author: S.K. Jones
Author: G. Kleppel
Author: A.M. Komarek
Author: A. Latawiec
Author: R. Mateus
Author: A. McVittie
Author: E. Ortega
Author: D. Phelps
Author: C. Ringler
Author: K.K. Sanga
Author: M. Schaafsma ORCID iD
Author: S. Scherr
Author: Md S.H. Sohel
Author: J.P.R. Thorn
Author: N. Tyack
Author: T. Vaessen
Author: E. Viglizzo
Author: D. Walker
Author: L. Willemen
Author: S.L.R. Wood

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