Agroecology Knowledge Hub

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.


The DUHA Farmers' Directory lists places where consumers can buy fresh local food. The objective of the map is to provide contacts and information about family and small farms, working and emerging Community-supported agriculture (CSA) groups, box stores and places that offer educational programs about farming. Food from nearby is fresh,...
The Proceedings book includes the contributions from agreocology experts and practitioners that took part as speakers in the International Symposium on Agroecology for Sustainable Agriculture and Food Systems in China held Kunming, Yunnan, China from 29-31 August 2016. The volume has been prepared in order to collect and disseminate further...
Conference proceedings
Both the IPCC and IPBES claim that a “transformative” change that can still reverse the catastrophic trends through an agroecological approach. Within this context, this fact sheet, elaborated by the Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy (IATP) calls for an increase in awareness among decision-makers of the significant potential of agroecology to tackle challenges...
Fact sheet
The Agroecology Criteria Tool (ACT) enables the assessment of a project through the lens of agroecology: it visualizes the degree to which a project, program or policy is aligned with the various dimensions of agroecology. The methodology is based on the analytical framework by Gliessman on the 5 levels of...
As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, several initiatives have emerged or been reformulated in response to the challenge of the human food system. An important challenge now is to consolidate a cultural transition towards the consumption of locally produced healthy food. Thus, shifting to healthy and sustainable food systems...