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.

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. […]

Towards a Common Food Policy for the EU

This report maps out a single, time-bound vision for reforming European food systems, realigning various sectoral policies affecting food production, processing, distribution, and consumption, and refocusing actions on the transition to sustainability. […]

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. […]