Climate change has severe negative impacts on livelihoods and food systems worldwide. Our future climate according to latest scenarios seriously undermine current efforts to improve the state of food security and nutrition, especially in sub-Sahara Africa. To address this to its full extent, there is an urgent need for transformational change of our food systems towards more sustainability and resilience. Agroecology could play a vital role here.
Given the sound knowledge base, fostering agroecology to build resilience should be recognized as a viable climate change adaptation strategy.
About the study
The study highlights the links between agroecology and climate change, by providing evidence on the technical (i.e. ecological and socio-economic) and policy potential of agroecology to build resilient food systems. The report aims to answer the following question:
How can agroecology foster climate change adaptation, mitigation and resilience through practices and policies?
Inspired by the idea that transformation will only happen through a coordinated approach among all levels, this study aims to combine evidence from a broad range of backgrounds and perspectives.
Key insights to the study
- Given the sound knowledge base, fostering agroecology to build resilience should be recognized as a viable climate change adaptation strategy.
- Further comparative research on the multidimensional impacts of agroecology is needed.
- Barriers to the scaling-up of agroecology need to be addressed: amongst others, improved access to knowledge and understanding of systemic approaches should be fostered across sectors, stakeholders and scales.
- Agroecology’s transformative resilience building potential depends on its holistic and systemic nature, which goes beyond a set of practices and includes: a social movement, for producers’ empowerment and a multidisciplinary scientific paradigm.