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.