Agroecology contributes to the transformation of food systems

The Global Alliance for the Future of Food has announced study “The Politics of Knowledge: With Evidence Supporting Agroecology, Regenerative Practices, and Indigenous Food Customs, Shall We Act?”. Which aims to analyze what is holding back the transformation of food systems.

This new compendium describes the discourses that currently block civic action. And contrary evidence is presented in favor of agroecology and the voices of those who should be listened to are analyzed.

The important finding is that the evidence is in favor agroecological practices They encounter broad narrow-mindedness. And with a deep-rooted desire to maintain the status quo. This has meant that transformative approaches to food are not understood, adopted or fought for, even when we need them most.

For this reason, agroecology, regenerative practices and indigenous food customs are central to one of the many battles being waged between knowledge and power.

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The impact of agroecology

The report provides a holistic perspective on the impact of agroecology and contributes to the understanding of these practices through the resources of its interactive digital format. The key results of the study are:

  • Traditional agricultural indicators such as yield per hectare or scalability are insufficient to demonstrate the powerful capacity of alternative agricultural approaches to feed and feed humanity. Through sustainable food systems it is based on fairness, justice and reciprocity, not just large-scale food production.

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  • Agroecology, regenerative practices and indigenous food customs are systemic solutions with positive health and nutritional outcomes. These types of practices bring a sense of purpose, dignity, social justice, and climate action to millions of people around the world.

For example, the case Latin American Center for Agroecological Research (CELIA) identified the resilience of agricultural systems in Mexico, Cuba, Peru, Colombia, Chile, Brazil and Argentina to extreme climate events and their ability to recover.

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  • For food transformation It is necessary to change the systems of research, education and innovation. Especially the short-term focus, prioritizing “cheap food” and devising insufficient measures due to their narrow focus.

For example, in the Andean highlands of Bolivia, Ecuador and Peru, Collaborative Crop Research Program (CCRP) shows how to combine different agroecological knowledge. This is so that farmers can make better decisions and provide convincing agroecological and climate evidence.

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