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CARNEIRO, Maria José  and  DANTON, Thais. Agriculture and biodiversity in Brazilian Social Sciences: fostering communication between science and public policies. Sociologias [online]. 2012, vol.14, n.30, pp.252-289. ISSN 1517-4522.

The present article comes up from a reflection upon what lies in the intersection between two premises: a) that science, and in particular, the social sciences, can contribute towards informing both decision making and the formulation of public policies, aiming at improving the welfare of people in the planet, and, b) that the role of agriculture in the conservation of biodiversity is an extremely relevant contemporary issue, hence the need to study it in greater depth. The relationship between agriculture and biodiversity has been subjected to recent questionings, both in society and in the realm of public policies, as a result of growing concerns about the environmental changes caused by anthropic action. However, despite the increase in number of studies on family-based agriculture, and on biodiversity in Brazil, the research funding available for researching the relationship between those two broad themes is still incipient. Against this backdrop, we shall pursue two main objectives with this study: 1) to investigate how the role of family-based agriculture in the preservation of biodiversity has been approached by the Social Sciences in Brazil, particularly in articles published in Brazilian journals during the latter 20 years and available online; 2) to test a thorough literature review methodology aimed at helping decision makers involved with public policies and others concerned with this issue.

Keywords : Family-based agriculture; Biodiversity; Brazilian environmental sociology; Scientific communication; State of the art; Evidence-based policy.

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