Examining mismatches between management and the supply of ecosystem services in Ethiopian agroecosystems across scales in space and time

Project leader


Funding source

Formas - The Swedish Research Council for Environment, Agricultural Sciences and Spatial Planning

Project Details

Start date: 01/01/2010
End date: 31/12/2012
Funding: 3462000 SEK


Increasing food production at the same time as conserving healthy ecosystems is an important challenge. We will investigate the impact of wild biodiversity (e.g. tree cover or distance to forests) on ecosystem services and disservices and ultimately crop yield. We will also examine to what extent farmers know about these processes and base their management on such knowledge. We hypothesize that local farmers might be more likely to base their management on avoidance of negative impact (e.g. pests) than on positive but sometimes more "cryptic" ecosystem services such as pollination and pest control. This might lead to a mismatch in management possibly affecting both local and regional food production and biodiversity. The arena chosen for this interdisciplinary project is the Ethiopian countryside where local farmers grow both food crops and cash crops, including the indigenous coffee. Even if we conduct our project in Ethiopia the questions we address are global and relevant everywhere. Moreover does many products consumed in developed countries come from developing countries, such as coffee in the landscape we will conduct our research in, which implies that consumers in for example Sweden have an intrest in the environmental and societal conditions for this production.

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