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.

Farmers in “Schools Without Walls” Learn to Increase Harvest

In the DRC, farmers sharing knowledge and experience in farmer field schools has led to increased productivity. […]

Diversified Traditional Food Systems Can Overcome Malnutrition in India

Traditional knowledge together with developments in agroecology, with their diverse systems of resource governance, knowledge, innovation, distribution and access, can overcome widespread malnutrition in India. […]

Agroecological Innovation to Transform Agriculture and Achieve Food Sovereignty

This paper provides policy recommendations to create an enabling environment to unlock the transformative power of agroecology and its innovations and practices, in the achievement of food sovereignty and sustainable agriculture and food systems. […]

French Study Finds Lower Cancer Risk Among High Organic Food Consumers

A study of 68,946 French adults found a 25% lower overall cancer risk among those consuming organic food most regularly compared to those who reported very little or no consumption of organic food. […]

Agroecology Shows Full Potential to Deliver Sustainable Food Systems

There is strong evidence of agroecology’s potential to deliver sustainable food systems by increasing farmers’ economic viability and income, farm productivity and diversity, food/nutritional security, and promoting social change and women’s empowerment. […]

The Future of Agriculture: New technologies or Agroecology?

This article discusses the battle for the future of agriculture: artificial food produced by robots and corporations that put profits before people, or one where agroecological innovations nourish our communities in a fair and sustainable way. […]

The Potential of Agroecology to Transform the Global Food System

This publication on agroecology features its many successes as a road map for a socially and ecologically sustainable transformation of agriculture and provides pathways to overcome the political obstacles to its broad-scale implementation. […]

Farmer-Managed Seed Systems Play Crucial Role in Africa

Farmer-managed seed systems play a crucial role in Africa and small-scale farmers are the real custodians of seed on the continent. […]

Transforming Land Use and Food Systems Has Mitigation Potential of 23 Gt CO2-eq Per Year by 2050

A new report shows how greater ambition to secure land rights, restore forest ecosystems and move towards sustainable food systems can provide ‘missing pathways’ toward limiting global temperature rise to 1.5°C. […]

Agroecological Transitions Away from Industrial Food and Farming Systems

Seven case studies analysed by IPES-Food provide concrete examples of how, in spite of barriers to change, people around the world have been able to fundamentally rethink and redesign food systems around agroecological principles. […]