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.

Zero Budget Natural Farming in Andhra Pradesh Outperforms Conventional Agriculture

Zero Budget Natural Farming in Andhra Pradesh has led to significantly higher crop yields compared to conventional farming. […]

Food sovereignty addresses poverty, hunger, inequality and climate change

This report shows the alternatives that peasant movements around the world are building based on the principles of food sovereignty in response to the intersecting crises of climate, neocolonial corporate control, poverty, and inequality. […]

Breaking the Vicious Cycle of Pesticides and Climate Change with Agroecology

Pesticides contribute significantly to greenhouse gas emissions while climate change is expected to increase pesticide application. Agroecology is the solution to breaking this vicious cycle. […]

Agroecology can Help African Farmers Survive the Climate Emergency

This publication highlights how African farmers are beginning to implement long-term, agroecological solutions to Africa’s climate crisis and calls for support of these, instead of false solutions. […]

Breaking the World’s Chemical Fertiliser Addiction

Given the high costs of chemical fertilisers, it is critical that governments focus on reducing their consumption in the long-term, including supporting farmers to transition towards environmentally-sound and more cost-effective alternatives. […]

Confronting the Profiteers of Destructive Industrial Agriculture

There is urgent need to end the fossil-fuel based and chemical-reliant industrial agriculture model and to invest more ambitiously in an agroecological transition. […]

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. […]