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.

Diversification in Rice Farming Increases Yields, Biodiversity and Incomes

Agricultural diversification in rice production can enhance rice economy, biodiversity and pest control while maintaining soil fertility, nutrient cycling, carbon sequestration and yield. […]

Agricultural Biodiversity Indispensable for a Just Agroecological Transition

This briefing highlights the pivotal role of agricultural biodiversity as integral to agroecology and just transitions in food and agricultural systems. […]

Benefits of Community-Based Natural Farming Surpass that of Conventional Systems

True cost accounting study of the Andhra Pradesh Community-Managed Natural Farming system finds that it led to greater economic, environmental, social and health benefits than conventional systems. […]

Push-Pull System Sustains Pest Control and Increases Maize Yields Over Time

This study in Kenya finds that the “push-pull” system increases yields and is resilient against pest adaptation over time. […]

From Crisis to Resilience – We Need New Recipe to Combat Hunger

The industrial food system is in crisis. We need a completely new recipe to address hunger and build resilience. […]

Zimbabwe: Farmers turn to agroecology to feed their families

Agroecology strengthens resilience of smallholder farmers in Zimbabwe. […]

Brazil: “Passion seeds” fertilize semi-arid northeast

Heirloom seeds and agroecology bring multiple benefits to semi-arid regions in Brazil. […]

Agroecology: A transformative opportunity for biodiversity and the Rio Conventions

Agroecology can address biodiversity loss while providing simultaneous, multiple co-benefits to climate adaptation, food security, water conservation, ecosystem resilience, sustainable livelihoods and human rights. […]

Zero Budget Natural Farming in Andhra Pradesh Outperforms Conventional Agriculture

Zero Budget Natural Farming in Andhra Pradesh has led to significantly higher crop yields compared to conventional farming. […]

Food sovereignty addresses poverty, hunger, inequality and climate change

This report shows the alternatives that peasant movements around the world are building based on the principles of food sovereignty in response to the intersecting crises of climate, neocolonial corporate control, poverty, and inequality. […]