Agroecology Knowledge Hub

Human and social values: protecting and improving rural livelihoods, equity and social well-being is essential for sustainable food and agricultural systems

Agroecology places a strong emphasis on human and social values, such as dignity, equity, inclusion and justice all contributing to the improved livelihoods dimension of the SDGs. It puts the aspirations and needs of those who produce, distribute and consume food at the heart of food systems. By building autonomy and adaptive capacities to manage their agro-ecosystems, agroecological approaches empower people and communities to overcome poverty, hunger and malnutrition, while promoting human rights, such as the right to food, and stewardship of the environment so that future generations can also live in prosperity.

Agroecology seeks to address gender inequalities by creating opportunities for women. Globally, women make up almost half of the agricultural workforce. They also play a vital role in household food security, dietary diversity and health, as well as in the conservation and sustainable use of biological diversity. In spite of this, women remain economically marginalised and vulnerable to violations of their rights, while their contributions often remain unrecognized. Agroecology can help rural women in family farming agriculture to develop higher levels of autonomy by building knowledge, through collective action and creating opportunities for commercialization. Agroecology can open spaces for women to become more autonomous and empower them at household, community levels and beyond – for instance, through participation in producer groups. Women’s participation is essential for agroecology and women are frequently the leaders of agroecology projects.

In many places around the world, rural youth face a crisis of employment. Agroecology provides a promising solution as a source of decent jobs. Agroecology is based on a different way of agricultural production that is knowledge intensive, environmentally friendly, socially responsible, innovative, and which depends on skilled labour. Meanwhile, rural youth around the world possess energy, creativity and a desire to positively change their world. What they need is support and opportunities.

As a bottom-up, grassroots paradigm for sustainable rural development, agroecology empowers people to become their own agents of change.

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The objective of the 4th Conference of West Africa on Ecological and Organic Agriculture is to contribute to a better integration of ecologic and biologic agriculture into national programmes of agricultural development and to steer agricultural policies towards sustainable practices in the context of climate change.
Mali
Event
2017
The seminar/webinar will give a brief overview of the urbanisation process in the Caribbean. Examples of urban agriculture in the Caribbean will be presented and include possible ways for encouraging urban women and youth to participate.  A case study of how agroecology contributed to more sustainable and inclusive urban food...
Event
2018
Tha main objectives for the conference are: - To show that agroecology and other forms of sustainable agriculture and fisheries are key to reach many of the SDGs. - To strengthen the arguments and increase the pressure on governments and international institutions  to increase the financial  and political support for agroecology and other...
Cameroon
Event
2018
The conference will be a five-day event, including a field visit, from 12-16th November 2018 at the Conference Centre, Radisson Hotel, Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago. There will be key note addresses, invited papers, oral presentations and poster presentations. The main aim is to bring together leading local, regional and...
Trinidad and Tobago
Event
2018
Innovation and research: alliancies for agroecology
Italy
Event
2018