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.

A Just Transition to Agroecology Essential to Effective Climate Action

Governments need to tackle agricultural emissions head on by redirecting public funds away from ‘Big Ag’, strengthening regulations and transitioning farming to agroecology. […]

Agroecology – The Solution to Highly Hazardous Pesticides

– With increased understanding of the adverse effects of highly hazardous pesticides has come recognition of the need for global commitment to replace chemical-intensive agriculture with agroecology. […]

Critical Domains of Agroecological Transformation

This paper describes agroecology as a transformative paradigm and identifies six critical ‘domains of transformation’ which put inclusive community-led governance processes at the centre. […]

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. […]