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Luna Azul

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MONJE CARVAJAL, JHON JAIRO. AGROECOLOGY: A FRAMEWORK OF REFERENCE TO UNDERSTAND ITS INVESTIGATION AND PRACTICE PROCESSES. Luna Azul [online]. 2011, n.32, pp.128-134. ISSN 1909-2474.

Agroecology is a theoretical referent that serves as general orientation for the ecological agricultural experiences from the local sphere for the strengthening of production systems with all due respect for the ecological and social structures. From this foundation, the need to gain spaces in academic fields and research institutions has generated, in order to enrich the epistemological bases of Agroecology by means of scientific investigation, searching for a change in the scientific paradigm. Agroecology is considered a social movement without ignoring that the results consolidate the support for academic scientific research. Consequently, the interaction between research in Agroecology and the agro-ecological movements are its challenge that, so far, has not expressed the need for studies without making a division between the reductionist methods of the conventional scientific paradigm and the systemic and holistic approaches to Agroecology, searching for consideration of integrated studies circulating in the complexity of natural and social systems. In order to understand the Agroecology approaches and the research formulation, it is necessary to know the conceptual bases. Thus, Agroecology as a research approach has as a premise to have a social formulation supported in participation movements for the construction of knowledge from ancestral experiences or social and ecological co-evolution principles.

Keywords : Agroecology; alternative agriculture; rural development; post-normal science; farmer investigation.

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