Agroecology Knowledge Hub

Co-creation and sharing of knowledge: agricultural innovations respond better to local challenges when they are co-created through participatory processes

Agroecology depends on context-specific knowledge. It does not offer fixed prescriptions – rather, agroecological practices are tailored to fit the environmental, social, economic, cultural and political context. The co-creation and sharing of knowledge plays a central role in the process of developing and implementing agroecological innovations to address challenges across food systems including adaptation to climate change.

Through the co-creation process, agroecology blends traditional and indigenous knowledge, producers’ and traders’ practical knowledge, and global scientific knowledge. Producer’s knowledge of agricultural biodiversity and management experience for specific contexts as well as their knowledge related to markets and institutions are absolutely central in this process.

Education – both formal and non-formal – plays a fundamental role in sharing agroecological innovations resulting from co-creation processes. For example, for more than 30 years, the horizontal campesino a campesino movement has played a pivotal role in sharing agroecological knowledge, connecting hundreds of thousands of producers in Latin America. In contrast, top-down models of technology transfer have had limited success.

Promoting participatory processes and institutional innovations that build mutual trust enables the co-creation and sharing of knowledge, contributing to relevant and inclusive agroecology transition processes.

Database

The challenges in front of the food systems and the need to transform them have become central in experts' speeches, and more recently, in political discourse, as evidenced by the organization of a Food system Summit in 2021, initiated by the Secretary-General of the United Nations. The  COVID-19 crisis has...
Policy brief/paper
2020
"In this article, Michel Pimbert highlights the transformative elements of agroecology and food sovereignty to clearly identify overlaps and divergences with Climate-smart Agriculture and conventional development." Cultivate!
Website
2017
The Learning Hub from the International Land Coalition (ILC) is an online space meant to facilitate the exchange of expertise and knowledge across the network. This learning hub offers a vast array of learning resources developed by ILC members: good practices, manuals, toolkits, e-learning courses, and many opportunities. The resources...
Learning
The Senate in the Philippines has approved a bill recognizing Participatory Guarantee Systems (PGS) and amending the current legal framework for organic agriculture in the country. PGS are locally focused quality assurance systems of organic products certification which small farmers can afford, and which provides access to healthy and safe...
Philippines
Article
2020
Agroecological case studies all over the globe show agroecology in practice.
Case study
2016
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