Sara Burbi

Sara Burbi
Coventry University | CU · Centre for Agroecology, Water and Resilience

DVM MSc PhD MRCVS

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Publications (30)
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This paper explores the potential for farmers’ engagement on the issues related to greenhouse gas (GHG) emission mitigation in extensive low-input livestock farming systems by adopting a framework based on Participatory Action Research (PAR) integrating quantitative evidence on greenhouse gas emission impacts at the farm level and qualitative data...
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Tropical pastures alone do not provide sufficient protein and growth energy to cover for the maintenance and production needs of dual purpose cows, leading to low milk production per surface unit. Thus, farmers add different forages of improved nutritional quality, including tropical leguminosae. The present work studies the effect of feeding on mi...
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Abstract:The neotropical agroecosystems are important areas in the global scene in terms of livestockproduction. Therefore, a good conservation of their soils is crucial in order to both guarantee foodsafety and reduce the impact of land degradation processes. Conservation of neotropical soilsused for farming activities could be obtained using vete...
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Commercialization of smallholder agriculture in South Africa is underpinned by reforms to improve livestock off-take in communal areas and engage smallholder farmers with formal markets. To achieve this, Custom Feeding Programmes (CFPs) were established to improve the condition of communal cattle prior to their sale into formal markets and to 'syst...
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Abstract Livestock production is considered the main user of natural resources and one of the main emitters of greenhouse gases (GHG) such as carbon dioxide (CO2), methane (CH4) and nitrous oxide (N2O), contributing to global warming and climate change. Methane originating primarily from enteric fermentation in ruminants represents 18-23% of annual...
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Agroecosystems present complex interactions between cultural and biophysical components. Therefore, any change in edaphic communities can be the result of what farmers and peasants implement on their farms. Then, planned above-ground biodiversity can be closely linked to below-ground biodiversity. Four farm designs were evaluated: conventional mono...
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Agroecology has proven to be successful in responding to the demands and needs of a collective due to the relevance of its approach and proposals, which are built collaboratively between all the actors under a specific context that focuses on the actions developed. This is facilitated when spaces of horizontal interaction are generated through dial...
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Several studies have reported gross composition differences between organic and conventional milk; however, most studies have not considered other factors such as breed and diet ingredients, which are known to influence milk composition. Thus, this study aimed to provide a detailed characterization of Holstein-Friesian cow milk from organic (ORG) a...
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La clave es identificar las motivaciones que gatillan procesos de transición agroecológica. A partir de ahí se despliegan las habilidades para el codiseño de fincas agroecológicas biodiversas. Así lo corroboran nuestros amigos del suelo.
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This study aimed to evaluate the feasibility of mid-infrared (MIR; 5000–900 cm⁻¹) and visible/near-infrared (Vis/NIR; 400–2500 nm) spectroscopy to discriminate organic (ORG) from conventional (CONV) bulk milk. Samples (n = 225) from 24 farms (ORG, n = 12; CONV, n = 12) located in the same area, mainly rearing Holstein-Friesian cows, under similar m...
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In the context of current agrarian reform efforts in South Africa, this paper analyses the livelihood trajectories of ‘emergent’ farmers in Eastern Cape Province. We apply a rural livelihoods framework to 60 emergent cattle farmers to understand the different capitals they have drawn upon in transitioning to their current class positions and associ...
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Agroforestry is a practice used for the establishment of integrated production systems as an economic alternative. In Chile, the most significant experiences have been developed with rainfed farmers in the central zone, where the arboreal component is the predominant one. This study analyses the agroecological transition process of a group of women...
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Numerous tree planting initiatives have been launched worldwide, based on the idea that carbon capture by trees can help to limit global warming. A recent study estimated the additional tree canopy cover that could be established given the growing conditions in every square kilometre of land on earth that is not already forested, urbanised, or used...
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Due to the increasing interest in organic farming, an overview of this research area is provided through a bibliometric analysis conducted between April and May 2019. A total of 320 documents were published up until 2018 on organic livestock farming, with an annual growth rate of 9.33% and a clear increase since 2005; 268 documents have been publis...
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South Africa has historically perpetuated a dual system of freehold commercial and communal subsistence farming. To bridge these extremes, agrarian reform policies have encouraged the creation of a class of ‘emergent’, commercially oriented farmers. However, these policies consider ‘emergent’ farmers as a homogeneous group of land reform beneficiar...
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Due to an unfortunate mistake, the authors’ affiliation has been omitted. Centre for Agroecology, Water and Resilience; Ryton-on-Dunsmore, UK.
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Due to an unfortunate mistake, the authors’ affiliation has been omitted. The affiliation is: Centre for Agroecology, Water and Resilience; Ryton-on-Dunsmore; UK.
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Small-scale agricultural practices gained importance in recent years due to the growing awareness of the role smallholder farmers can play in building resilient societies facing the impacts of climate change. The transition to more resilient systems presents several challenges. Two recent studies on small-scale arable and livestock farms in England...
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This article considers a phenomenon seldom analyzed: The return to the roots, to family and friends, to the home village, when hardship hits. It looks into the role of peasant farming as a refuge, for those whose livelihoods have deteriorated, usually due to economic and financial crises for which they have no responsibility and even less say. List...
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This article explores the importance of peasant farming worldwide, the debate about its disappearance and the way it is being impacted by differentiated policies. It takes two examples, Tunisia and Egypt, during post-colonial times. In both cases policies tended to favour the modernization of agriculture, ignoring the contribution of peasant farmin...
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The impact of the use of information technology (IT) has been gaining relevance recently in the way it can facilitate communication in the agricultural sector. Farmers can share innovations and knowledge alongside solving problems through social media, or other uses of the Internet. Farmer-to-farmer knowledge sharing is an important source of infor...
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This article explores the importance of peasant farming worldwide, the debate about its disappearance and the way it is being impacted by differentiated policies. It takes two examples, Tunisia and Egypt, during post-colonial times. In both cases policies tended to favour the modernization of agriculture, ignoring the contribution of peasant farmin...
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This study was carried out to survey wild flora (on herbaceaus plants and some shrubs) around the town of Cirencester in the summer of 2013. The purpose of the study was to categorise wild species and provide a review of the most frequent plants available based on their role in the human environment. In the survey, 32 families, 96 genuses and a tot...
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This study was carried out to survey wild flora (on herbaceaus plants and some shrubs) around the town of Cirencester in the summer of 2013. The purpose of the study was to categorise wild species and provide a review of the most frequent plants available based on their role in the human environment. In the survey, 32 families, 96 genuses and a tot...
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The agricultural sector has been particularly under pressure in recent years to provide not only food, animal feed and energy crops, but also to be a key player in environmental conservation and biodiversity, and more recently in the provision of ecosystem services. Therefore, farmers are not only responsible for producing food for society, but als...
Conference Paper
Science-based evidence on agricultural GHG emissions currently found in literature covers a wide range of mitigation options. However, the measurements used are not standardised. System boundaries for LCA models are also not always uniformly defined. It is difficult to compare results and assess which findings better reflect the actual conditions o...

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https://www.mdpi.com/journal/sustainability/special_issues/agroforestry_ecosystem_regeneration
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The study seeks to understand key socio-ecological parameters which enable communities to self-organise for commercial production. Focussing on livestock production, the research aims to understand the constraints to commercialisation of smallholder agriculture. The research findings will generate an evidence base to inform debate on land reform and strategies to transformation sustainable livelihoods to resilient livelihoods.
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Create a bridge between the natural sciences and the social sciences, engage in participatory activities with livestock farmers, explore farmers' decision-making, obstacles and drivers for change.