Presently, a new awareness emerges about the failure of productions and the need for an integrated new vision in agriculture that recognises its multiple functions and assets in economic, social and ecological sustainability. Over time farms in Alentejo’s montado changed from a high degree of multifunctionality to intensification, unsustainability and dependency. The main goal of the case study is to analyse the new strategies that recreate the multifunctional montado traditional system, and adapt it to new economic, social and environmental challenges. On the other hand, the goal is to understand the new forces and dynamics that intercross and may result in facilitation, or blockage, in the development of farm multifunctionality. Several strategies aim to include farmers e.g. by adding value to traditional farm functions, integrated ecosystem services, consumers awareness and economic sustainability as key pillars of multifunctional agriculture.
Type of legumes: Common bean, Lupin, Lentil, Chickpea
Type of farming system: Farm, organic
Case Study Leader: Catholic University of Portugal, Portugal
TRansition paths to sUstainable legume-based systems in Europe (TRUE) has received funding from the
European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No. 727973