Agriculture in a Green Economy

  • Constansia MusvotoEmail author
  • Anton Nahman
  • William Stafford
  • Karen Nortje
Part of the SpringerBriefs in Agriculture book series (BRIEFSAGRO)


The term ‘green economy’ is defined in several ways; and there could be confusion in what exactly it means. For green economy implementation, it is important to have full understanding of the green economy concept and its principles and other terms and concepts that are linked to it. This chapter highlights the origins, definitions, and principles of the green economy and its meaning in different cultural, political, and socio-economic settings. Agriculture is a key sector for a green economy and is the focus of this book. It is important to recognise the attributes that make agriculture particularly relevant to a green economy. Furthermore, since some agricultural practices are incompatible with green economy principles, the incompatibilities need to be analysed to get a balanced view of the place of agriculture in a green economy. The chapter ends by attempting to resolve potential confusion between green economy implementation in the agriculture sector and related concepts such as green agriculture, sustainable agriculture, conservation agriculture and climate smart agriculture; by showing how these different terms are distinct from and related to each other.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Constansia Musvoto
    • 1
    Email author
  • Anton Nahman
    • 1
  • William Stafford
    • 1
  • Karen Nortje
    • 1
  1. 1.Natural Resources and the Environment UnitCouncil for Scientific and Industrial ResearchPretoriaSouth Africa

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