Agroecology Knowledge Hub

Responsible governance: sustainable food and agriculture requires responsible and effective governance mechanisms at different scales – from local to national to global

Agroecology calls for responsible and effective governance to support the transition to sustainable food and agricultural systems. Transparent, accountable and inclusive governance mechanisms are necessary to create an enabling environment that supports producers to transform their systems following agroecological concepts and practices. Successful examples include school feeding and public procurement programmes, market regulations allowing for branding of differentiated agroecological produce, and subsidies and incentives for ecosystem services.

Land and natural resources governance is a prime example. The majority of the world’s rural poor and vulnerable populations heavily rely on terrestrial and aquatic biodiversity and ecosystem services for their livelihoods, yet lack secure access to these resources. Agroecology depends on equitable access to land and natural resources – a key to social justice, but also in providing incentives for the long-term investments that are necessary to protect soil, biodiversity and ecosystem services.

Agroecology is best supported by responsible governance mechanisms at different scales. Many countries have already developed national level legislation, policies and programmes that reward agricultural management that enhances biodiversity and the provision of ecosystem services. Territorial, landscape and community level governance, such as traditional and customary governance models, is also extremely important to foster cooperation between stakeholders, maximising synergies while reducing or managing trade-offs.


The emerging food sovereignty paradigm offers a viable alternative for food, farming and well−being in terraced landscapes and the territories they are embedded in. This paper first defines ‘food sovereignty’ and briefly describes the origins and history of this policy framework for food and agriculture. The second part of this...
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For many years, La Vía Campesina and GRAIN have been telling the world about how the agroindustrial food system causes half of all greenhouse gas emissions. But the world's governments are refusing to face these problems head on, and the Paris Summit in December is approaching without any effective commitment...
The High Level Panel of Experts for Food Security and Nutrition (HLPE) is the science-policy interface of the Committee on World Food Security (CFS). In October 2014, the CFS requested the HLPE to prepare a study on Sustainable forestry for food security and nutrition. The present document is the response...
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...
The Municipality of Rosario, Argentina, is growing an agroecology program for a healthier, more resilient city. Rosario's urban agriculture program has sparked citywide remediation of vacant land for sustainable and healthy food production and increased climate resilience. Rosario is the 2020-2021 Grand prize winner of the World Resource Institute Ross Center...
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