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 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. […]

Call for Food Sovereignty and Feminist Movements in Africa to Join Forces

On International Women’s Day, an urgent call has been made for African food sovereignty movements to connect with radical feminist movements to rebuild local food and seed systems, based on smallholder women farmers’ key role in agriculture. […]

Biodiversity Crucial for our Food and Agriculture, but Under Threat

Biodiversity is critical for food and agriculture but is under severe threat. Much needs to be done to stop the loss of biodiversity, including through biodiversity-friendly practices and approaches such as organic agriculture and agroecology. […]

How Community-Based Biodiversity-Friendly Farming Can Stem Biodiversity Loss

338 community-based solutions from over 75 countries showcase biodiversity-friendly farming approaches that work on the ground and provide valuable lessons for the global policy frameworks needed to stem biodiversity loss and to farm more sustainably. […]