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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Feeding and nourishing a growing and changing global population in the face of rising numbers of chronic hunger, slow progress on malnutrition, environmental degradation, systemic inequality, and the dire projections of climate change, demands a transformation in global food systems. Policy change at multiple levels is critical for catalysing an...
Working paper
2019
Young green entrepreneur who has created a web platform for the marketing of organic products in Benin.
Benin
Video
2017
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,...
Czechia
Innovation
2021
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...
China
Conference proceedings
2018
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
2019