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

Wei Zhang, John Gowdy, Andrea M. Bassi, Marta Santamaria, Fabrice DeClerck, Kamaljit Sangha

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    Chapter 2 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
    Subtitle of host publicationScientific and Economic Foundations Report
    EditorsShannon O'Neill
    Place of PublicationGeneva
    PublisherUN Environment
    Number of pages40
    ISBN (Electronic)978-92-807-3702-8
    Publication statusPublished - 2018


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