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.

The Battle for the Future of Food in Africa

While policies driven by seed companies undermine climate resilience and food security in Africa, agroecology provides small-scale African farmers a way to reduce costs, increase soil fertility, raise diverse, healthy, and culturally appropriate crops, and adapt to climate change. […]

Upscaling Agroecology to Build Climate Resilience Requires Enabling Policies

Agroecological approaches have proven ability to address specific climate hazards, enhance the resilience of farming systems and improve the flow of a range of ecosystem services. But they will only be widely adopted if actions are taken to level the playing field in respect of enabling policies, the collection of evidence and consumer choice. […]

Intensified Agriculture Leads to Yield Reductions but Biodiversity Is Beneficial for Crop Production

There is strong evidence for positive biodiversity–ecosystem service relationships, highlighting that managing landscapes to enhance the richness of service-providing organisms is a promising pathway toward a more sustainable food production globally. […]

Agroecological Farms Generate More Income and Employment than Conventional Farms

Agroecological farms, as demonstrated by empirical evidence from Europe, can offer more sustainable production of healthier food, and re-enlarge productive agricultural (and related) employment, increasing the total income generated by the agricultural sector. […]

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. […]