Commitments to action
A Coalition for the Transformation of Food Systems Through Agroecology
Burkina Faso, Cambodia, Congo, Costa Rica, Côte d'Ivoire, Cuba, Democratic Republic of Congo, Estonia, Ethiopia, France, Guinea, Hungary, Ireland, Islamic Republic of Iran, Madagascar, Mali, Mauritanie, Mexico, Morocco, Philippines, Senegal, Spain, Sri Lanka, Switzerland, Tanzania, Vietnam, African Union Commission, 4 per 1000” Initiative, Académie d'agriculture de France, Africa Rice, Agroecology Europe, Agroecology Fund, Agropolis Fondation, Alliance for Agroecology in West Africa (3AO), Allianve of Bioversity International and CIAT, Asian Farmers’ Association for Sustainable Rural Development, Biovision Africa Trust, Biovision – Foundation for Ecological Development, CFAP Cambodia, CIFOR-ICRAF, CIRAD, EAT, EcoAgriculture Partners, FAO, Global Alliance for the Furture of Food, IFAD, IFOAM-Organics International, ILRI, INRAE, France, IRD, France, IRRI, Montpellier SupAgro , Regeneration International, ROPPA, SOMEXA, Mexico, SYMABIO, Madagascar, The Indigenous Partnership, UNDP, UNEP, WFP, WWF Germany, WWF International
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.
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:
- 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;
- 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;
- 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;
- 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.
Boost Nature-Based Solutions of Production
Emile Frison, Ester Penunia, Fergus Sinclair, The Transformative Partnership Platform on Agroecology