In Latin America agroecology has been transformed into the fundamental scientific base for the development of farming systems that conserve natural resources, increase security and, at the same time, the social and cultural empowerment of farmers. One of the key challenges in promoting rural development alternatives is to evaluate whether these strategies actually move their communities towards sustainability.
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