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Soil Quality and Regenerative, Sustainable Farming Systems

  • Bruno BorsariEmail author
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Soil quality refers to the capacity of a specific soil to function within natural and/or managed ecosystem boundaries to be biologically productive, maintain, or foster water and air quality, in support of agrobiodiversity and thus sustaining human livelihood and health.

Sustainable farming systems are agroecosystems that are resilient, adaptive, biologically diverse, and capable of retaining their productivity without much dependence from off-farm inputs. They are regenerative systems also known as renewable farming systems, and their capability of remaining productive is strongly linked to soil quality.


Agriculture has always been a human activity of primary economic importance, yet the disturbance caused by the same to terrestrial ecosystems causes soil erosion, which leads to biodiversity losses both above- and belowground and, eventually, to desertification (Zucconi 1996). An expansion of this anthropogenic...

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Universidad Tecnológica Oteima, David, ChiriquíRepublica de PanamáWinonaUSA

Section editors and affiliations

  • Vincent Onguso Oeba
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  1. 1.African Forest Forum, C/o World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF)NairobiKenya