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What is agroecology?
In summary, agroecology is the application of ecological concepts and principles to optimise interactions between plants, animals, humans, and the environment, while taking into consideration the social aspects that need to be addressed for a regenerative, resilient and fair agri-food system. Many farm approaches including organic, permaculture and biodynamic already apply many of concepts.
By building synergies, agroecology can support food production and nutrition, while restoring ecosystems and biodiversity that are essential for farming. Agroecology can play an important role in building resilience and adapting to climate change. It is also based on cultural diversity and open knowledge sharing, while supporting decent livelihoods for all who participate in the food system.
The FAO's 10 elements of agroecology
- Diversity at the farm and landscape scales
- Co-creation and open knowledge exchange
- Creating synergies across the farming system
- Efficient use of reserouces
- Recycle and making the most of resources
- Resilient production and supply
- Equity and improving livelihoods
- Culture food traditions
- Ethical governance at all levels
- Solidairty and connection from farm to fork
Sustain champions agroecology by:
- Advocacting for the right policies at the national and local levels.
- Carrying out research and policy appraisals.
- Supporting our members through our alliance approach.
- Collaborating across the farming, food, and environmental sectors.
- Creating space for the voices of agroecological farmers and growers.
- Bringing agroecological farmers and better food traders together.
- Supporting the Oxford Real Farming Conference.
- Running seminars, workshops, and webinars.
- Producing briefings, reports, and articles.
Sustainable Farming Campaign: Sustain encourages integration of sustainable food and farming into local, regional and national government policies.
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