B-ACT: BUSINESS AGROECOLOGY CRITERIA TOOL

 Assess your enterprise with the B-ACT and find out about its alignment with the agroecology principles

Principle-Chart Illustrator

  1. B-ACT:
    1. Fill out the “2. Principle Questions” tab in the B-ACT.
    2. Go to the “5. Entrepreneur Scorecard” tab and select “File” >> “Download” >> “Tab-separated values (.tsv)“.
  2. On this site below:
    1. Click on the “Upload File” button and choose the previously downloaded file.
    2. Click “Create Plot” for an illustration of the enterprise’s alignment with the 13 principles of agroecology and the 3 operational principles of sustainable food systems.
    3. By hovering the mouse over the principle, more details on the score appear.
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Explore Agroecology

Agroecology is more than just a simple definition. Explore the concept and underlying principles by clicking on the pies in the chart!

Explore Agroecology
RecyclingInput reductionSoil healthAnimal healthBiodiversitySynergyEconomic diversificationCo-creation of knowledgeSocial values and dietsFairnessConnectivityLand and natural resource governanceParticipation

Recycling

Preferentially use local renewable resources and close as far as possible resource cycles of nutrients and biomass.

Input reduction

Reduce or eliminate dependency on purchased inputs and increase self-sufficiency.

Soil health

Secure and enhance soil health and functioning for improved plant growth, particularly by managing organic matter and enhancing soil biological activity.

Animal health

Ensure animal health and welfare.

Biodiversity

Maintain and enhance diversity of species, functional diversity and genetic resources and thereby maintain overall agroecosystem biodiversity in time and space at field, farm and landscape scales.

Synergy

Enhance positive ecological interaction, synergy, integration and complementarity among the elements of agroecosystems (animals, crops, trees, soil and water).

Economic diversification

Diversify on-farm incomes by ensuring that small-scale farmers have greater financial independence and value addition opportunities while enabling them to respond to demand from consumers.

Co-creation of knowledge

Enhance co-creation and horizontal sharing of knowledge including local and scientific innovation, especially through farmer-to-farmer exchange.

Social values and diets

Build food systems based on the culture, identity, tradition, social and gender equity of local communities that provide healthy, diversified, seasonally and culturally appropriate diets.

Fairness

Support dignified and robust livelihoods for all actors engaged in food systems, especially small-scale food producers, based on fair trade, fair employment and fair treatment of intellectual property rights.

Connectivity

Ensure proximity and confidence between producers and consumers through promotion of fair and short distribution networks and by re-embedding food systems into local economies.

Land and natural resource governance

Strengthen institutional arrangements to improve, including the recognition and support of family farmers, smallholders and peasant food producers as sustainable managers of natural and genetic resources.

Participation

Encourage social organization and greater participation in decision-making by food producers and consumers to support decentralized governance and local adaptive management of agricultural and food systems.