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WaCASA  (Wageningen Centre for Agroecology and Systems Analysis)

 Is a unique research and education initiative to develop and apply systems analysis approaches to the urgent and pressing problems facing agricultural systems today. Using concepts of systems analysis, we generate, integrate and educate knowledge to analyse and design sustainable production systems for crops, livestock and their interactions, with focus on resource use efficiency and equitable management of natural resources. 

 

Current key topics are: Global food security, Respectful animal production, Competing claims on natural resources, Bio-based economy, Nutrient and water management, Viability of rural areas, and Climate change and climate variability. WaCASA works across multiple spatial and temporal scales, i.e. from crops and livestock to farms, landscapes, regions and globe. We develop methods that allow integrated analysis and design of alternative futures of agricultural production systems. 

WaCASA is led by Professors Imke de Boer and Ken Giller and brings together two chair groups with complementary expertise - Animal Production Systems (APS) and Plant Production Systems (PPS).  Close collaboration is fostered with Agrosystems Research of Plant Research International and the Wageningen Livestock Research of the Animal Sciences Group in Lelystad.

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