G-STIC 2018 reconfirmed that agroecology comprises an integrated suite of technologies, innovations, practices and knowledge systems that are embedded in a larger framework of respecting farmers’ knowledge and ensuring equity. Technologies associated with agroecology achieve several simultaneous goals such as rebuilding soil fertility, controlling pests and weeds, improving nutrient use efficiency, conserving water, reducing erosion, while diversifying production and diets.
G-STIC 2018 discussed and identified specific actions in the field of policy setting, economic and social areas to upscale the use of agro-ecological techniques – including
- key barriers to the deployment of agroecology technologies at scale;
- enabling measures for the deployment of agroecology technologies at scale;
- the need to support local and regional markets for diversified agro-ecological products as well as public procurement programmes;
- the critical agents of change that need to be empowered.