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 planet is facing mounting crises: from COVID-19 to climate change to mass biodiversity extinction. It is time to listen to the powerful voices of leaders who are on the frontlines of these crises: women. Studies have shown that women’s leadership is critical to long-lasting and innovative solutions to environmental...
Costa Rica - Peru
Event
2021
There is a growing attention for agroecology in debates around urban food strategies and policies. Already for several years, this is considered a promising policy area, and agroecology was even already mentioned in the Milan Urban Food Policy Pact signed in 2016 as one of the relevant approaches within policies...
Event
2021
International Fund For Agricultural Development (IFAD)'s South-South and Triangular Cooperation and Knowledge Center for Latin America and the Caribbean is pleased to invite you to the webinar ''Gender Innovative Practices for Rural Transformation: Lessons from Brazil and Uruguay'', which will take place on June 11 at 11:00 (GMT-3) / 16:00...
Brazil - Uruguay
Event
2021
On June 23, Wednesday, at 11:00 GMT, will be held the second session of the webinar ‘’Agroecology in Community of Portuguese Language Countries: State of Art and Perspectives’’. The webinar will ensure a space for knowledge building to portray the current situation of agroecology in the Community of Portuguese Language...
Guinea-Bissau - Mozambique - Portugal - Sao Tome and Principe
Event
2021
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,...
Event
2021