Financing the transition towards agroecology: the case of Nijmegen cooperative Arbres
Conventional arable agriculture has been proven to be harmful to the environment and is a widespread phenomenon in the Netherlands, which is why it is said that an agriculture transition needs to happen in the Netherlands urgently. Agroecology offers a viable alternative to conventional arable agriculture that mitigates the effects of climate change and has the potential to improve the environment. Even though the alternative seems clear, the agriculture transition is not yet widespread. Among the reasons given for the difficulty of realizing this transition is the lack of financial possibilities to fund the switch due to a systemic lock-in and the habitus of farmers. This thesis looks at how existing agroecological farms can finance their business operations; this is done by performing a case study focusing on a young agroecological co-operative in the area of Nijmegen, called Arbres, and places it in the context of the agriculture transition to expand the field of knowledge surrounding the topic.
Faculteit der Managementwetenschappen