Agroecology can fix our food systems. Here’s how.
Global food systems are broken. They account for about a third of anthropogenic greenhouse gas emissions, while worsening social inequity and contributing to biodiversity loss, water pollution, and land degradation – and yet they leave over 800 million people hungry.
In the quest to transform food systems in ways that serve both people and nature, agroecology is gaining prominence as a means of generating solutions. It is a farming and food system approach that’s inspired by natural ecosystems, combines local and scientific knowledge, and focuses on the interactions between plants, animals, humans, and the environment.
The Transformative Partnership Platform on Agroecological Approaches to Building Resilience of Livelihoods and Landscapes (Agroecology TPP) aims to foster transitions to more sustainable agricultural and food systems by accelerating and coordinating the actions of a range of institutions that are already working on agroecology across various scales, contexts, and locations. The Agroecology TPP Community of Practice on the GLFx platform convenes an inclusive and diverse group that actions these aims.
Co-creation of knowledge
Differing from passive knowledge sharing (top-down), knowledge co-creation is based on participatory learning and development – elements at the center of agroecology. Co-creation has the power to bridge real and perceived gaps across diverse forms of knowledge – from the scientific approach to the local non-academic knowledge –, valorizing often neglected forms of expertise such as farmers’ and Indigenous People’s traditions, tacit, or local heritage. Here are some examples of co-creation from the Agroecology TPP.
Agroecology around the world
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