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Tropical grasslands: A pivotal place for a more multi-functional agriculture

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Abstract

Tropical grasslands represent a pivotal arena for the sustainable intensification of agriculture in the coming decades. The abundant ecosystem services provided by the grasslands, coupled with the aversion to further forest destruction, makes sustainable intensification of tropical grasslands a high policy priority. In this article, we provide an inventory of agricultural initiatives that would contribute to the sustainable intensification of the tropical grassland agro-ecosystem, and we recommend a shift in the scientific priorities of animal scientists that would contribute to realization of a more agro-ecological and multi-functional agriculture in the world’s tropical grasslands.

Keywords

Agro-ecology Ecological intensification Ecosystem services Grassland Multi-functional Tropics 

Notes

Acknowledgments

This work was partly supported by the European Union (FSE), La Région Guadeloupe, the European project ‘Animal Change’, and Funds from the (U.S.) National Science Foundation Grant CNH10009499, which have facilitated this research.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.UMR Modélisation Systémique Appliquée aux Ruminants, INRA, AgroParisTech, Université Paris-SaclayParisFrance
  2. 2.INRA, UR143, Unité de Recherches ZootechniquesGuadeloupeFrance
  3. 3.INRA, UR 767, Ecodéveloppement INRA Domaine Saint-PaulAvignon Cedex 9France
  4. 4.Department of Human Ecology, School of Biological and Environmental SciencesRutgers – the State University of New JerseyNew BrunswickUSA

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