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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 co-organizers of the Community of Practice on Family Farming and Agroecology in Latin America and the Caribbean are presenting a Capacity Building Program to contribute to the transformation of more efficient, inclusive, resilient, and sustainable agri-food systems for Better production, Better nutrition, a Better environment, and a Better life,...
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2021
The course ''Agroecology: transition towards sustainable food systems'' is a joint effort of FAO and the Latin American Scientific Society of Agroecology (SOCLA). The course stimulates the exchange and promotion of agroecological principles and approaches in the context of territorial development, sustainability and resilience, governance and empowerment of communities and...
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2021
NAPPC's mission is to encourage the health of resident and migratory pollinating animals in North America. This year, NAPPC partners will gather virtually from throughout North America and beyond on 19-21 October 2021. KEYNOTE SPEAKERS INCLUDE: 1. ABRAM BICKSLER, PH.D., FOOD AND AGRICULTURE ORGANIZATION OF THE UNITED NATIONS The intersection of sustainable food systems and pollinator...
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2021
The National Network of Municipalities and Communities that Promote Agroecology (RENAMA), the Argentine Society of Agroecology (SAAE) and the National Agroecology Directorate (DNAE) of the National Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries, call for the collective construction of the VII Month of Agroecology, to be held between 20 October and...
Argentina
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2021
The Collaborative Crop Research Program (CCRP) of the McKnight Foundation is hosting an online gathering ''Farmer-centered research for agroecology: Transforming research, reimagining food systems'' on 25-27 October with contributors from across the globe. Participants will hear stories, perspectives, experiences and evidence from farmers, researchers and the organizations that collaborate with them. A...
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2021