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.

Human Rights Key to Protecting Biodiversity

The Global Biodiversity Framework will succeed only to the extent that it guarantees the rights of indigenous peoples, peasants, and other smallholder food producers, while putting the world’s food systems on a path toward agroecology. […]

Mainstreaming Agroecology in Southeast Asian Higher Education

This policy brief advocates greater support for institutional reforms that are essential to building or strengthening agro-ecological foundations in Southeast Asian higher education institutes to achieve the SDGs. […]

Learning from Indigenous Peoples to Build Climate-Resilient Food Systems

Indigenous Peoples’ food systems are probably amongst the best placed to provide insights, lessons and empirical evidence that could facilitate the transition towards more sustainable food systems. […]

UN Special Rapporteur: Recognize Farmers’ Rights to Seeds as Human Rights

The UN Special Rapporteur on the right to food has called for national laws to recognize farmers’ rights as human rights, and establish farmers’ rights as the fundamental aspect of national seed systems. […]

Decolonizing and Democratizing Food Knowledge Systems

While evidence of the transformative potential of agroecology, regenerative approaches, and Indigenous foodways already exists, action is needed to overcome the politics of knowledge that keep these approaches from being understood, taken up, and acted upon. […]

How Agroecology is Bringing Land Back to Life in Africa

This book show how agroecology nurtures soil health, conserves biodiversity, and restores dignity to Africa’s small-scale food producers. […]

Funding Agroecology the Right Way

This paper offers a series of considerations and recommendations to increase the quantity and quality of funding for agroecology. […]

Bringing Agroecology to Life in Chile

Experiences of applying, replicating, learning, sharing and bringing to life the principles of agroecology in Chile provide important insights for scaling up agroecology. […]

Push-Pull Intercropping System Improves Soil Microbiome and Plant Productivity

This study found that the push-pull system of maize–Desmodium intercropping diversifies fungal microbiomes and favors taxa associated with important ecosystem functions including plant health, productivity and food safety. […]

Sustainable Organic Agriculture Reaps Rewards for Farmers in Zambia

Sustainable organic agriculture in Zambia has improved crop resilience to pests and climate impacts as well as the livelihoods, diets and food security of farming households. […]