AGROECOLOGY FOR SUSTAINABLE FOOD SYSTEMS

Transforming Agriculture through Agroecology

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G-STIC 2017 recognised the need for a paradigm shift in agriculture towards diversified agroecological systems. Agroecology technologies and practices have consistently proven capable of sustainably increasing productivity, rebuilding soil fertility and sustaining yields over time. That provides a basis for secure farm livelihoods, especially for smallholders who constitute the majority of food producers worldwide. Evidence is particularly strong on the ability of agroecology to deliver strong and stable yields.

G-STIC 2018 will build on last year’s discussions, zooming in on the factors and enabling policies that are needed to effect a lasting transformation in agriculture. Focusing on technologies and innovations that adhere to agroecological principles, we will ask: 

  • What are the barriers preventing adoption of these technologies, and how can they be overcome? 
  • What policies can incentivise change? 
  • How can we scale up the implementation of agroecological technologies? 

Successful case studies that illustrate the above will be shared and discussed.

Potential impact on SDGs

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Agroecology can significantly contribute to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in an integrated, comprehensive and holistic manner that will directly involve and benefit those whom the 2030 Agenda aims to uplift. It has strong potential to contribute to meeting SDG 2’s specific targets, such as: ending hunger and malnutrition, doubling agricultural productivity and incomes of small-scale food producers, ensuring sustainable food production systems and implementing resilient agricultural practices, and maintaining the genetic diversity of seeds, cultivated plants and farmed and domesticated animals and their related wild species. 

In addition, agroecology can contribute to many of the other SDGs. More resilient incomes for local communities of small-scale food producers reduce the proportion of men, women, and children living in poverty (SDG 1), while by advancing employment such systems help promote sustainable economic growth (SDG 8). Enhanced access to safe, nutritious and sufficient food will also contribute to reducing the under-5 mortality rate (SDG 3).

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