Systems thinking: an approach for understanding ‘eco-agri-food systems

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Abstract

makes the case for using systems thinking as a guiding perspective for TEEBAgriFood’s development of a comprehensive Evaluation Framework for the eco-agri-food system. Many dimensions of the eco-agri-food system create complex analytical and policy challenges. Systems thinking allows better understanding and forecasting of the outcomes of policy decisions by illuminating how the components of a system are interconnected with one another and how the drivers of change are determined and impacted by feedback loops, delays and non-linear relationships. To establish the building blocks of a theory of change, systems thinking empowers us to move beyond technical analysis and decision-tool toward more integrated approaches that can aid in the forming of a common ground for cultural changes
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationTEEB for Agriculture & Food: Scientific and Economic Foundations Report
EditorsShannon O'Neil
Place of PublicationGeneva
PublisherUN Environment
Chapter2
Pages17-55
ISBN (Electronic)978-92-807-3702-8
Publication statusPublished - 2018

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