Agroecological Outcomes

As we illustrated and explained in the introduction to this spiral device, the aim of the spiral is to show the pathway from the concept of functional biodiversity in agriculture to achieve real changes i.e., outcomes.

Here are two video clips which illustrate very recent outcomes in rice pest management in South-East Asia. Farmers there clearly perceived that this example of eco-engineering has reduced the need for insecticides (Gurr et al., 2016). A third video shows Baden Ngan Kee, CEO of Waipara Hills Wine Estates (currently Accolade Wines, New Zealand), explaining the benefits of the Greening Waipara Programme to this company.

Examples of Agro-ecological Outcomes

  • Flowers strips in rice fields (Oryza sativa L.) in South-East Asia as a strategy to enhance biological control and reduce pesticide use.

  • Adoption of habitat manipulation model by rice farmers in Vietnam.

  • Baden Ngan Kee, CEO of Waipara Hills (currently Accolade Wines) explaining some outcomes of the Greening Waipara programme to this company.

  • Diversified farmland to enhance biodiversity for increased biocontrol effectiveness and other ecosystem services in Temuco, Chile. Photo: M.G. Chang.

  • An example of urban agroecology in Berkeley, California, USA. Photo: M.G. Chang.

  • Diversified farmland producing different crops throughout the season in Santa Cruz, California, USA. Photo: M.G. Chang.