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.

Agroecology a Critical Element in the Transformation of Food Systems

This publication shares ‘beacons of hope’, stories from an extensive network of people and initiatives seeking to transform food systems to address critical global issues. Agroecology is found to be an essential element in such transformation. […]

Food Sovereignty is Africa’s Only Solution to the Food and Climate Crises

Africa’s farmers, fisher people and pastoralists are already using agroecological methods to build resilience to climate extremes and feed the entire continent. What they require is a policy framework that supports their food sovereignty. […]

New FAO Report Highlights Agroecological Innovations for Sustainable Food Systems

A report by the FAO’s High Level Panel of Experts on Food Security and Nutrition highlights how agroecological innovative approaches can advance sustainable food systems that enhance food and nutrition security globally. […]

Agroecology and Economic Justice Needed to Transform US Agriculture

U.S. agriculture needs to make a systemwide shift from industrial farming to agroecology to cut its carbon emissions, reduce its vulnerability to climate chaos and achieve economic justice. […]

Manifesto on Food for Health: Cultivating Biodiversity, Cultivating Health

A Manifesto on Food for Health calls for a transition to an ecological, systemic and regenerative paradigm of food production, i.e., agroecology, which is based on biodiversity and maximizes the benefits to the health and wellbeing of people and planet. […]

Outcomes of the FAO’s Second International Symposium on Agroecology

FAO’s Second International Symposium on Agroecology was held in April 2018. The organisation stands ready to assist countries in the implementation of agroecological transitions towards sustainable agriculture and food systems in support of the SDGs. […]

Organic Diets Significantly Reduce Pesticide Exposure in Humans

A new study reports that families eating a 100% organic diet rapidly and dramatically reduced their exposure to four classes of pesticides by an average of 60% over just six days. […]

Agroecology and Organic Farming Can Drive Sustainability in Agriculture

Focusing agriculture and food policies on the SDGs needs to be at the top of the agenda in order to accelerate the necessary shift towards more-sustainable food systems, which can be achieved via agroecology and organic farming. […]

Organic Cropland Emits 40% Less Greenhouse Gas Than Conventional Cropland

Cropland farmed organically over a longer period emits 40% less nitrous oxide, a powerful greenhouse gas, per hectare than conventionally farmed cropland. This has been revealed in results from a world-wide long-term field trial. Diversified crop sequencing is a precondition. […]

A Sustainable, Equitable Future for Food Requires a Global Transformative Process

The SDG targets for food security and better nutrition for all can be met using more sustainable production systems, and more equitable distribution of food and income between and within countries. […]