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Circular and solidarity economy: it reconnects producers and consumers and provides innovative solutions for living within our planetary boundaries while ensuring the social foundation for inclusive and sustainable development

Agroecology seeks to reconnect producers and consumers through a circular and solidarity economy that prioritizes local markets and supports local economic development by creating virtuous cycles. Agroecological approaches promote fair solutions based on local needs, resources and capacities, creating more equitable and sustainable markets. Strengthening short food circuits can increase the incomes of food producers while maintaining a fair price for consumers. These include new innovative markets, alongside more traditional territorial markets, where most smallholders market their products.

Social and institutional innovations play a key role in encouraging agroecological production and consumption. Examples of innovations that help link producers and consumers include participatory guarantee schemes, local producer’s markets, denomination of origin labelling, community supported agriculture and e-commerce schemes. These innovative markets respond to a growing demand from consumers for healthier diets.

Re-designing food systems based on the principles of circular economy can help address the global food waste challenge by making food value chains shorter and more resource-efficient. Currently, one third of all food produced is lost or wasted, failing to contribute to food security and nutrition, while exacerbating pressure on natural resources. The energy used to produce food that is lost or wasted is approximately 10 percent of the world’s total energy consumption, while the food waste footprint is equivalent to 3.5 Gt CO2 of greenhouse gas emissions per year.

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The recovery plan put in place during the COVID-19 health crisis favors the emergence of Territorial Food Projects as a project structuring tool, linking the actors of the different components of the ecosystem of territory: from the producer to the consumer. With this call for projects, the Léa Nature Foundation, in partnership with...
France
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2021
It is widely recognized that a radical transformation of food and agriculture systems is urgently needed in order to address converging social, economic, health and ecological crises. The potential of agroecology to transform food systems and render them more resilient, sustainable and inclusive is increasingly recognized and backed by a...
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2021
What is the role of policymakers in empowering the long-term, resilient transformation of the food and agricultural systems? The digital event “Scaling up Agroecology in the Himalayas Together” aims to inspire and guide key decision-makers on policies supporting agroecology and organic agriculture. High-level experts will provide in-depth analyses of approaches and tools to help...
Bhutan - India - Nepal
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2021
On Friday, 30 April 2021, at 09:00 AM (Guatemala), 10:00 AM (Panama), 11:00 AM (Chile) and 12:00 PM (Argentina) the webinar "Innovator Handbook" will be held where the ''Handbook for Innovators: facilitating sustainable food systems'' will be launched in Spanish. The document aims to help stakeholders in the revaluation of agriculture...
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2021
On June 23, Wednesday, at 11:00 GMT, will be held the second session of the webinar ‘’Agroecology in Community of Portuguese Language Countries: State of Art and Perspectives’’. The webinar will ensure a space for knowledge building to portray the current situation of agroecology in the Community of Portuguese Language...
Guinea-Bissau - Mozambique - Portugal - Sao Tome and Principe
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2021