Two New Agroecology Publications Launched

“If agroecology already proved it can address social and environmental challenges, why do successful initiatives often remain confined to the local level?”

Today, two important publications on agroecology were launched:

'Opportunities for Amplifying Agroecology: A Review of Policies, Frameworks and Mechanisms related to Food Sovereignty and Sustainable Food Systems in Africa' was prepared by the Alliance for Food Sovereignty in Africa. This publication makes particular reference to agroecology, food sovereignty, nutrition and gender equality, it identifies existing policy gaps in the region and recommends strategies to support the transition to agroecology in Africa.

'Farming Matters: Agroecology, a pathway towards the Sustainable Development Goals' was prepared by the AgriCultures Network and IFOAM - Organics International. This special issue of Farming Matters Magazine highlights cutting-edge experiences in amplifying agroecological approaches.

The two publications were launched in Rome, as part of the FAO's Second International Symposium on Agroecology. At the launch event, Peggy Miars, the President of IFOAM - Organics International, said: "". 

Defining agroecology

Agroecology has been defined in many ways, in many places, and by many different stakeholders. FAO has organized a database of definitions of agroecology.

FAO’s framework of 10 elements on agroecology is derived from the common principles articulated for agroecology, including a combination of bio-physical and socio-economic elements that are grounded in the three pillars of sustainable development – the social, the economic and the environmental. Different elements may come into play in various configurations, with a strong blend of social, economic and environmental aspects.

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