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Revista Colombiana de Ciencias Hortícolas

Print version ISSN 2011-2173


SILVA-LAYA, SILVIA JOSEFINA; PEREZ-MARTINEZ, SIMÓN  and  RIOS-OSORIO, LEONARDO ALBERTO. Agroecological evaluation of horticultural systems of two zones in Eastern Antioquia, Colombia. rev.colomb.cienc.hortic. [online]. 2016, vol.10, n.2, pp.355-366. ISSN 2011-2173.

ABSTRACT Agroceology is a new paradigm of agricultural production that starts to spread in different regions with agricultural vocation of Colombia, however, it is necessary to know in detail the characteristics of these systems and their level of sustainability. The aim of this study was to assess the sustainability of two systems of agro-ecological production, mainly vegetables (broccoli, onion, lettuce, Chinese cabbage, carrot, tomato, cucumber, chard, basil, parsley, coriander, spinach, chili pepper, celery, zucchini, pumpkin, etc.) and fruit (avocado, lemon, tree tomato, blackberry and cape gooseberry) in Eastern Antioquia in Colombia. An observational, descriptive cross-sectional study was designed between March and October 2013. There were calculated and analyzed 20 status indicators, each was assigned a weighted value from 0 to 4. In the results, both farms showed similar values, but with differences in the B-Yield indicators and E-Density Relations with other groups. The most limiting in the rates of overall sustainability factor was the lack of generational change; and the integration of these experiences with the productive environment of their locality that is guided by the dominant agricultural model based on the green revolution.

Keywords : agroecology; horticulture; indicators; sustainability.

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