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Viability of the Villum Experiment

Date: 02/2015 to 07/2016

The Viability of the Villum Experiment, also known as VOVE, assesses the feasibility of testing the following hypothesis: Complex, agro-ecological, functionally integrated food systems can be sustainable and nourish the world in 2050 with strongly reduced emissions of greenhouse gasses.

VOVE objectives are to

  • Establish the state-of-the-art and compile information on relevant networks and ongoing activities necessary for the development of the Villum Experiment.
  • Develop research questions to test the hypothesis and processes for implementation and knowledge generation.
  • Develop site selection criteria, explore potential sites, and finally select the experimental sites.
  • Develop the overall research framework and propose a design and setup for the Villum Experiment.

The main entry point to this project is the recognition that urban areas will increasingly rise in importance, which, if designed properly, offers opportunities to transform the agricultural landscape in ways that are consistent with sustainable provisioning of capacity in the long term.

The project will explore ways of using and researching agro-ecological farming and food systems in both the Global North and Global South.

A large number of interesting studies and reports on agro-ecology have been presented during recent years, and many current projects are examining the capability of organic farming and agro-ecology to both nourish the growing world population and at the same time ensure the sustainability of natural and social systems.

The VOVE project will collect information and seek to create an overview over this research on a global level in the field of agro-ecology, examine whether the hypothesis applies to the findings, and discuss and develop a research framework and research questions by which the hypothesis can be tested in a future international research initiative.

  The project contributes to the following CGIAR research programs:

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