Lennart Olsson, professor of Geography at Lund University in Sweden, was the founding Director of LUCSUS 2000-17. His research focuses on the politics of climate change in the context of poverty, food insecurity and ill-health in sub-Saharan Africa, and most recently on the transition from annual monocultures to perennial polycultures in agriculture. He is a board member of The Land Institute, and he was Coordinating Lead Author for the chapter on Livelihoods and Poverty in IPCC’s 5th Assessment Report 2011-14 and for the chapter on Land Degradation in the IPCC special report on Climate Change and Land (SRCCL), 2017-19. Here is a link to his publications.
The root cause of many environmental problems of agriculture – greenhouse gas emission, soil erosion, nutrient leaching, water pollution, the high usage of agrochemicals – is our dependence on annual crops. Social predicaments – labour and capital intensity, dependence on expensive inputs, and subsidies – can also be attributed to annual crops. Shifting to perennial […]