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Torwards Agroecology for a Healthy Planet

We must care for nature, that nature can care for us (Pope Francis)

"Agroecology, including regenerative agriculture that respects the 13 principles of agroecology defined by the High-Level Panel of Experts (HLPE), can be a powerful lever for solving these major challenges and providing sustainable solutions to the issues of food security and nutrition, the fight against poverty and social inequalities, the adaptation to climate change, the preservation of biodiversity and natural resources, and the fight against zoonotic diseases; this by working for a transformation of agricultural and food systems compatible with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), the Paris Climate Agreement, the post-2020 objectives of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) and those of the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD).

 

The agroecology principles apply to all forms of sustainable agriculture and food production, including crop, livestock and pastoral systems, agroforestry, fisheries, aquaculture, etc … The application of these principles also contributes to improving gender equality, making agriculture more attractive for youth, creating dignified income and living conditions, and contributing to healthy diets through sustainable food systems.

A Coalition for the Transformation of Food Systems Through Agroecology

Declaration of commitment: from speech to action- A coalition for the transformation of food systems through agroecology
To strengthen this dynamic, we intend to form an ambitious coalition for the transformation of food systems through agroecology.We are convinced that agroecology is an essential solution for the transformation of food systems towards healthy, resilient, equitable and sustainable systems.
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Various ongoing initiatives and policies attest to the potential of agroecological approaches to respond to the multiple challenges facing food systems. To strengthen this dynamic, members of the coalition will collaborate towards:

 

  1. Implementing the policy recommendations of the Committee on World Food Security on agroecological and other innovative approaches, guided by the ten elements of agroecology endorsed by FAO and its Member States and the thirteen principles of agroecology set out by the High-Level Panel of Experts;
  2. Strengthening research and development programs to support the agroecological transformation, in particular by promoting local innovation, through a transdisciplinary and participatory approach between scientists, farmers, indigenous peoples, and other stakeholders of the food systems;
  3. Strengthening the consistency of the various sectoral policies aiming at the agroecological transformation of food systems, including agricultural, forestry, fisheries, environmental, water, energy, health, and trade policies;
  4. Ensuring that public and private investments promote the adoption and large-scale implementation of agroecological practices.

 

Agroecology is an essential solution for the transformation of food systems towards healthy, resilient, equitable, and sustainable systems." (Source : The Transformative Partnership Platform on Agroecology 2021).

A Coalition for Food Systems Transformation through Agroecology
Current agricultural and food systems are not sustainable. They are responsible for one third of
global GHG emissions, alarming biodiversity loss, environmental pollution, degradation of land and
water resources and increasing social inequities while still not providing food security and adequate nutrition for all. As stated in many recent major reports from IPCC, IPBES, HLPE and others, there is a need for a profound transformation of agricultural and food systems. Incremental steps to improve the efficiency of the dominant green revolution approach, although necessary, are not sufficient to address the climate, environmental, human health and social challenges we face today.
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The Transformative Partnership Platform on Agroecology, Burkina Faso, Cambodia, Costa Rica, Côte d'Ivoire, Cuba, DRC, France, Guinea, Hungary, Ireland, Iran, Mali, Mauritania, Mexico, Morocco, Philippines, Senegal, Spain, Sri Lanka, Switzerland, Vietnam, 4per 1000 initiative, Africa Rice, Agroecology Europe, Agropolos Fondation, Alliance pour l'Agroécologie en Afrique de l'Ouest, Alliance Bioversity/CIAT, AsianFarmers' association, Biovision, CFAP Cambodia, CIFOR-ICRAF, CIRAD, EAT, Ecoagriculture Partners, GAFF, IFAD, IFOAM-Organics International, ILRI, INRAE, IRD, IRRI, Montpellier Supagro, Regeneration International, ROPPA, SOMEXA, SYMABIO, UNDP, UNEP, WFP, WWF Germany, WWF International

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Pathways to advance agroecology for a successful transformation to sustainable food systems
Agroecology is a powerful strategy that reduces the trade-offs between productivity and sustainability. It promotes the diversity of crops and livestock, fields, farms and landscapes that together are key to improve sustainability of food and farming systems in terms of long-term productivity, food actors' empowerment and inclusion and environmental health. Agroecology is a bundle of measures taken by farmers, which individually or combined, mobilize biodiversity and ecosystem services for productivity. Ideally, it leads to economically and ecologically resilient production systems that are high-yielding. It is not necessarily a predefined farming system and the shift from simplified by industrial standards to agroecological farms is gradual.
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