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Does Crop Diversification Pay Off? An Empirical Study in Home Gardens of the Iberian Peninsula

AuthorsReyes-García, Victoria; Calvet-Mir, Laura; Vila, Sara; Aceituno-Mata, Laura; Garnatje, Teresa CSIC ORCID CVN ; Lastra, Juan José; Parada, Montserrat; Rigat, Montserrat; Vallès, Joan; Pardo de Santayana, Manuel
Ecosystem services
Kitchen garden
Issue Date2013
PublisherTaylor & Francis
CitationSociety and Natural Resources 26: 44- 59 (2013)
AbstractBecause of its potential role in providing ecosystem services and private benefits (food security), the concern about the loss of agrobiodiversity has grown. We explore the links between agrobiodiversity and farm financial benefits in small-scale agroecosystems. We measured crop diversity in a subsistence-oriented agricultural production system: home gardens (n = 250) in the Iberian Peninsula. We calculated the imputed market value of home gardens' edible crops and estimated the association between agrobiodiversity and home gardens' gross financial value. Temperate home gardens harbor levels of agrobiodiversity comparable to those of tropical home gardens. Data suggest that an increase in crop diversity is associated with an increase in the gross financial value generated by home gardens. Our findings suggest that in non-commercially oriented agricultural systems, there is a positive link between agrobiodiversity and financial benefits, highlighting the contribution of agrobiodiversity to the provision of private benefits.
Description16 p., tablas -- Post-print del artículo publicado en Society and Natural Resources. Versión revisada y corregida.
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