Effective evaluation of agro-environmental simulations

Simulation is a potentially useful technique for research in agro-ecology. Farmers and their agents as well as policy-makers are intended beneficiaries of simulated agricultural and environmental goods and services from agro-ecosystems. The quality of simulation work is rarely evaluated with integrating different forms of knowledge from farmers and policy-makers. This would be an essential step to achieve valuable and concrete results (e.g. more sustainable resource management). An angle of vision by Bellocchi et al. on the participation of actors in simulation works sets ground for decisions based on simulated outputs.

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