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.

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The results on the use of Agroecological Logbook in Brazil will be presented on 16 September 2020 in a virtual seminar at 14.30 GMT. The event will be held in Portuguese. At the event, specialists in the use of the Agroecological Logbook will discuss the data corresponding to the last session,...
Brazil
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2020
Every three years, the organic sector assembles to host the Organic World Congress (OWC) - the world’s largest organic gathering. In 2020, the 20th OWC will be held 21-27 September in Rennes, France drawing from the motto, ‘From its Roots, Organic Inspires Life‘. OWC 2020 will aim to provide organic and likeminded...
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2020
Markets are where food producers and consumers meet. They are a vital connection between our food and our planet. Markets are where food is traded and where ideas and cultures mix – but often markets do not work for producers and consumers. The climate emergency and the pandemic highlight that Africa...
Event
2020
The world's agriculture and food systems are not presently delivering desirable outcomes on food security and nutrition. In 2015, the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) were adopted, with SDG2 committing to 'end hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition, and promote sustainable agriculture' by 2030. The SDGs recognized, well beyond previous...
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2020
Food systems are responsible for global greenhouse gases (GHG) emissions and global terrestrial biodiversity loss. They are a significant driver of land conversion and deforestation.  Policies that operate across the food systems can contribute both to food security and environmental sustainability. One of these cross-cutting policy fields is Public Food Procurement...
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2020