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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 Alliance for Food Sovereignty in Africa (AFSA) is hosting a convening to build a shared vision for the growth of African agroecological entrepreneurs and territorial markets centred on equitable and sustainable development for a healthy and sustainable food system. The pandemic of COVID-19 exposed the weakness of global industrial food...
Uganda
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2022
The international action day is back! On 14 September, organic and agroecological farmers around the world will take to social media to share their work, the challenges they face, and how we can support them. While #IGrowYourFood is a moment for farmers, everyone’s invited to the conversation⁠—and to help amplify...
Event
2022
It is our pleasure to announce the first of the AVACLIM webinar series that will take place on Friday 12th August between 14:00 and 17:00 CET. Moderated by Laeticia Jalil, the webinar will provide opportunities for three Brazilian women to share their insights and experiences of the sometimes subtle yet always powerful relations between agroecology...
Brazil
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2022
From 9th to 11th of September 2022 the first Agroecology Europe Youth Forum will take place in Rambouillet, France. The event will be organised by the Agroecology Europe Youth Network together with  Mouvement Sillage and EURYFA (European Youth Initiative for the Future of our Food and Agriculture )  The 3-days gathering be the start of a collaborative network...
France
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2022
  After three years of implementation, the UN Decade of Family Farming 2019-2028 (UNDFF) will host its first Global Forum on 19-22 September 2022. Co-organized by FAO-IFAD, the Forum will leverage the experiences of different actors to take stock of the achievements and challenges faced since launching the UNDFF. Discussions will...
Event
2022