While interest is generated over new and emerging technologies, there is a diversity of knowledge, technologies and practices in agriculture, health care, conservation and sustainable use of natural resources and ecosystem management. Many of these support the livelihoods of small farmers, fisherfolk, indigenous peoples and local entrepreneurs affecting millions of people and communities across the world, especially in developing countries. In many cases, national industries have developed from traditional knowledge and endogenous technologies.There are thus vast potential and promises in these sustainable systems and practices, requiring investment and mainstreaming into development policies at the national, regional and international level. A holistic approach to technology assessment and choice would develop sophisticated principles, criteria and indicators that enable countries to benefit from sustainable production and conservation systems.

Scaling-Up Agroecology Essential to Addressing Hunger in the Sahel

A guide to help civil society groups upscale agroecology in the Sahel provides key strategies towards successful implementation. […]

What is Holding Back Investment in Agroecological Research for Africa?

Money flows in agricultural development are still reinforcing damaging industrial models in Africa and only a fraction of agricultural research funding in Africa is being used to transform food and farming systems. […]

Agroecology: A Fundamental Pathway for the Advancement of Women’s Rights

Food sovereignty and agroecology offer powerful alternatives to the unequal and gendered power relations in rural and urban communities, and are themselves tools and pathways to overcoming the oppressive structures in which women are embedded. […]

Agroecology Can Build Resilience Against COVID-19 and Future Crises

By ramping up investment for agroecology now; we can feed the world and strengthen our resilience against the COVID-19 crisis — and the ones yet to come. […]

COVID-19 and the Crisis in Food Systems – Symptoms, Causes, and Potential Solutions

While COVID-19 has exposed critical weaknesses and inequalities in our health and food systems, the crisis has given a glimpse of new, more resilient ways of feeding communities. […]

The Six Domains of Transformation to Agroecology

This briefing identifies the aspects, drivers, dimensions and qualities that are critical to have in place in a particular community, territory or country in order for the greater spread and institutional recognition and support for agroecology. […]

The Battle for the Future of Food in Africa

While policies driven by seed companies undermine climate resilience and food security in Africa, agroecology provides small-scale African farmers a way to reduce costs, increase soil fertility, raise diverse, healthy, and culturally appropriate crops, and adapt to climate change. […]

Upscaling Agroecology to Build Climate Resilience Requires Enabling Policies

Agroecological approaches have proven ability to address specific climate hazards, enhance the resilience of farming systems and improve the flow of a range of ecosystem services. But they will only be widely adopted if actions are taken to level the playing field in respect of enabling policies, the collection of evidence and consumer choice. […]

Intensified Agriculture Leads to Yield Reductions but Biodiversity Is Beneficial for Crop Production

There is strong evidence for positive biodiversity–ecosystem service relationships, highlighting that managing landscapes to enhance the richness of service-providing organisms is a promising pathway toward a more sustainable food production globally. […]

Agroecological Farms Generate More Income and Employment than Conventional Farms

Agroecological farms, as demonstrated by empirical evidence from Europe, can offer more sustainable production of healthier food, and re-enlarge productive agricultural (and related) employment, increasing the total income generated by the agricultural sector. […]