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The potential of agroecology to hedge against climate change and build resilient and sustainable livelihoods and food systems


Co-funded by the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation, the study aims to provide evidence and data on the technical potential (ecological and socio-economic) and the challenges and constraints to be considered when scaling up an agroecological approach to combat the impacts of climate change.  

This study is carried out through FAO Headquarters (Plant Production and Protection, Animal health and Climate change) and Country Offices. It is supported by research institutes and civil society organizations (FIBL, Biovision, ISRA and Enda Pronat).

The study will include several components and levels of analysis:

  1. International level:

  • a meta-analysis: which will provide scientific evidence of the performance of agroecology regarding resilience building (adaptation and mitigation), feeding the Koronivia process through submissions
  • a policy analysis: which will assess the potential for agroecology to be considered and recommended as a relevant approach in the agriculture-climate debate.
  1. National level: 2 case studies (Senegal and Kenya), each of which will include:
  • A technical analysis to understand if and why agro-ecological agroecosystems are more resilient than non-agroecological ones

  • A policy analysis to understand the current political context as well as the favorable conditions and the obstacles for agroecology to be considered in the decision-making process and in the final documents to address the effects of climate change. 

Through an advisory group, it is open to external experts who met for the first time on March 15, 2019 and are following the progress of the study.  

The project runs from March-December 2019 and the study will be launched at COP 25 in Chile in December 2019.

For more information about the project contact the project team, Maryline Darmaun or Molefi Mpheshea. Further information on FAO’s work on Agroecology can be found here.