The sustainable food systems session at G-STIC last year recognized the need for a paradigm shift in agriculture towards diversified agroecological systems. Agroecology applies ecological principles to the design and management of agroecosystems, it basically works together with nature.
Agroecology has proven consistently capable of sustainably increasing yields over time and for building salt fertility. Evidence is particularly strong on the ability of Agroecology to build resilience, which is crucial in the face of climate change. Agroecology can also ensure adequate nutrition through providing diverse diets. We strongly believe that it can contribute significantly to sustainable development goals, particularly for smallholder farmers who are the main providers of food throughout the world.
At G-STIC 2018, we will build on last year's discussion. We will be focusing and zooming in on factors and enabling policies that can help promote agroecology. The focus will be on technologies and innovations that adhere to agro-ecological principles. During this session we will discus the following questions:
We will share successful case studies and examples from different countries in the world. Agroecology also needs a change in the way we do research and development extension and dissemination of knowledge: we need to focus on bottom-up participatory approaches. Therefore, we will also be sharing examples from farmer-to-farmer, farmer-to-networks and farmer-to-scientists collaborations that have helped scale up and spread agroecology technologies and innovations.
So we will have an exciting discussion ahead and I really look forward to having you join us at G-STIC 2018.
Lim Li Ching has a B.Sc. in Ecology and an M.Phil. in Development Studies. She is a Senior Researcher at Third World Network (TWN), an international NGO based in Malaysia, and coordinates its Biosafety Programme and Sustainable Agriculture Programme, as well as works on sustainable development issues.
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