Il y a 27 fiches.

ALBERTA GUERRA

Organisation : ACTION AID USA
Category : Civil Society Organization : NOG
Region : North America
What are, or should be, the main characteristics of agroecological innovations ? (sentences or key words) : Agroecological innovations should be climate resilient, people-centered and women-led. Innovation of this kind leads to local alternatives that are based on indigenous and traditional knowledge and practices of community men and women, tested and proven over time combined appropriately with scientific knowledge and modern technology that truly enhance climate resilient and sustainable. The challenges will require to combine research and traditional knowledge, stronger theoretical knowledge and field testing by farmers to inform it. Women and men farmers need space, time and resources to experiment, test and validate the small innovations that they are making bring about positive change to their farming systems. This requires adequate funding for public participatory research on agroecology, to support farmers and their innovations.
Why are these characteristics important for agroecological transitions to sustainable food systems ? : Women and men farmers led innovations incorporate key insights based on their own local contexts and needs. Women and men farmers that are empowered to drive their own innovation will design and promote local healthy food production and consumption systems that are more adapted to local ecosystems and climate condition and take into account complexity.
AlbertaGuerra (Debate on innovations for agroecology)
créée le 29.03.2018 à 11:05, mise à jour le 29.03.2018 à 11:05.

Angela Cordeiro

Organisation : Agroecology Fund
Category : Civil Society Organization : NOG
Region : Latin America and the Caribbean
What are, or should be, the main characteristics of agroecological innovations ? (sentences or key words) : diversification of farming systems, more inclusive marketing channells,
Why are these characteristics important for agroecological transitions to sustainable food systems ? : 1. Diversification of farming systems is an import step to enhance ecological cycles at farm & landscape level and to provide more diversity in terms of food options.
2. More inclusive food marketing channells are essential to leverage agroecological transition and to achieve social inclusion and equity.
AngelaCordeiro (Debate on innovations for agroecology)
créée le 22.03.2018 à 15:26, mise à jour le 22.03.2018 à 15:26.

Bernard Guri

Organisation : Groundswell international/ Center for indigenous knowledge and Organizational Development
Category : Civil Society Organization : NOG
Region : Sub Saharan Africa
What are, or should be, the main characteristics of agroecological innovations ? (sentences or key words) : Building on Indigenous and local knowledge/resources
Why are these characteristics important for agroecological transitions to sustainable food systems ? : These are the core characteristics for innovation for sustainable and resilient food systems
BernardGuri (Debate on innovations for agroecology)
créée le 22.03.2018 à 21:32, mise à jour le 22.03.2018 à 21:32.

Bernard Guri

Organisation : Groundswell International/Center for Indigenous Knowledge and Organizational Development (CIKOD).
Category : Civil Society Organization : NOG
Region : Sub Saharan Africa
What are, or should be, the main characteristics of agroecological innovations ? (sentences or key words) : They should be based on endogenous development principles, ie,
  • building on farmers/communities indigenous and local knowledge,
  • farmers traditional ecological farming practices
  • farmers worldviews.
But this should take into consideration appropriate modern scientific principles.
Why are these characteristics important for agroecological transitions to sustainable food systems ? : Ecological agriculture is not a new science. It is the art of working with nature which is what farmers and communities all over the world have been doing for millennia before it got disrupted by so called modern science/industrial agriculture.
BernardGuri2 (Debate on innovations for agroecology)
créée le 24.03.2018 à 09:14, mise à jour le 24.03.2018 à 09:14.

Christian Andres

Organisation : Research Institute of Organic Agriculture FiBL
Category : Academia
Region : Europe and Central Asia
What are, or should be, the main characteristics of agroecological innovations ? (sentences or key words) : ecological, technical (biological, mechanical and organisational), socio-political and economic
Why are these characteristics important for agroecological transitions to sustainable food systems ? : The context of sustainable food systems is highly complex. It concerns different stakeholders and requires a range of innovations in different dimensions.
ChristianAndres (Debate on innovations for agroecology)
créée le 23.03.2018 à 11:16, mise à jour le 23.03.2018 à 11:16.

Donati Alex senzia

Organisation : PELUM Tanzania
Category : Civil Society Organization : NOG
Region : Sub Saharan Africa
What are, or should be, the main characteristics of agroecological innovations ? (sentences or key words) : People centered; ecological friendly; nurtures the earth; uses locally available resources; sustains soil health; sustains the life of other living organisms.
DonatiAlexSenzia (Debate on innovations for agroecology)
créée le 29.03.2018 à 12:17, mise à jour le 29.03.2018 à 12:17.

Dr Mandeep Singh Azad

Organisation : Sher-e- Kashmir University of Agricultural Sciences and Technology of Jammu,India
Category : Academia
Region : Asia and the Pacific
What are, or should be, the main characteristics of agroecological innovations ? (sentences or key words) : There is widespread consensus that farmers must produce more food per unit of land, water, and agrochemicals. To do so, they simply cannot continue producing in the same way. They will have to do this while facing climate change, volatility, shifting nutrition needs, and the increasing scarcity of most of the physical factors of production. Agriculture is at the threshold of a necessary paradigm shift.Working directly with farmers from many years i have learnt farmers are the one who can come up with some interesting innovation we just need to do fine tuning of these events and it can be a big success.One of the most important innovation we need is to make agriculture look sexy/attractive so that youth can be attracted in farming as they are the one to come up with new ideas and innovations.
Few important agroecology innovation i think should be included are as :
Farmers participatory seed/breed selections which is best suited for their area
Family farming which should involve all the members of the family and they should be paid to keep it as a job.
Small farmer groups e farming can be very successful
Why are these characteristics important for agroecological transitions to sustainable food systems ? : Youth are most important for any kind of innovation because they are the one with all the ideas and adrenaline to make changes
Farmers participatory seed/breed selection can help in introduction and adaption of best suited variety for their whole village and thus can improve both production and ecology
Family farming is the best thing as it involves all and will surely work for welfare of crop and environment
Diversification with integrated approach of using ones waste product for improving production of other .It is very important as it help in generating a multi source of income
DrMandeepSinghAzad (Debate on innovations for agroecology)
créée le 22.03.2018 à 17:55, mise à jour le 22.03.2018 à 17:55.

Eugenio Tisselli

Organisation : ETH
Category : Academia
Region : Europe and Central Asia
What are, or should be, the main characteristics of agroecological innovations ? (sentences or key words) : New narratives for agri-cultures that grow from the grassroots. Appropriate usage and context-aware implementation of new technologies. Empower farming communities by encouraging their ownership of agroecological innovation.
Why are these characteristics important for agroecological transitions to sustainable food systems ? : The cultural and context-specific factors have long been neglected by innovations in agriculture. Agroecology, with its focus on the social and cultural aspects of agriculture, has the opportunity to rethink innovation so that it integrates farming communities as key actors.
EugenioTisselli (Debate on innovations for agroecology)
créée le 22.03.2018 à 16:21, mise à jour le 22.03.2018 à 16:21.

Jane Maland Cady

Organisation : McKnight Foundation
Category : Civil Society Organization : NOG
Region : North America
What are, or should be, the main characteristics of agroecological innovations ? (sentences or key words) : Agroecological innovations are important in "what" they focus on and "how". Using ecological principles to address farm and food challenges across the globe should be the focus. That implies a new model of innovation that is cross-sectoral, multidisciplinary and inclusive of diverse knowledge systems and ways of creating that innovation. Key words that describe - diverse, systems, holistic, inclusive, recycling, resilient, regenerative, participatory, salient, agency
Why are these characteristics important for agroecological transitions to sustainable food systems ? : The characteristics are important because the planet and people on it are out of balance and living past the planetary boundaries. Rethinking agroecologial innovations (what and how) is imperative to creating more a resilient and ecologically, socially and economically sustainable future.
JaneMalandCady (Debate on innovations for agroecology)
créée le 22.03.2018 à 18:37, mise à jour le 22.03.2018 à 18:37.

Jayakumar

Organisation : Pesticide Action Network India
Category : Civil Society Organization : NOG
Region : Asia and the Pacific
What are, or should be, the main characteristics of agroecological innovations ? (sentences or key words) : Mobile Organic Agri-Clinic.

This is vehicle that offer support for farmers to go agroecology farmer. The vehicle has tools, machines and equipments to till, prepare land for farming, saplings, seeds, inputs,plant protection inputs, sprayer , pumps, cutters, and all the needs of small scale farmer. Many farmers complaint about delay in getting labour and trained and skilled person to help. The mobile clinic offers , advise and help from technicians and suppliers so that one phone call brings all solutions from land preparation to harvest.
Often the lack of knowledge support is obstacle for growth in area of farms and numbers of farmers. So this is ready support with expertise and links farmers together as network and encourage peer learning and sharing of experiences. The cost of investment is brought down as the equipments and tools are available for rent.
Why are these characteristics important for agroecological transitions to sustainable food systems ? : The urban and rural farmers especially the small scale farmers are facing problems to get affordable services for cultivation. The clinic is a support subsidised by thanal an NGO and Organic Bazaar a seller to help grow farmers through making the support available at doorstep. Training, supplies for plant protection and preparing inputs at farmer field as participative activity as starter is helping farmers to move to organic and agroecology methods. The young technicians are making a new start up in the sector.
JayakumaR (Debate on innovations for agroecology)
créée le 23.03.2018 à 08:07, mise à jour le 23.03.2018 à 08:07.

Marco Bertaglia

Organisation : European Commission, Joint Research Centre
Category : Government
Region : Europe and Central Asia
What are, or should be, the main characteristics of agroecological innovations ? (sentences or key words) : Agroecology should be the *joint* and simultaneous application of *all* ecological principles: that's the specific approach.

Approaches as permanent soil cover, with no-till, preservation of spontaneous vegetation, polycoltures, etc. are not novel, they are known and proven. Yet, they may be construed as 'innovations' because they are not widespread or mainstream.

Within these proven practices, there is scope for specific innovations, e.g.:
- adapted tools and machinery that are as much as possible hand-driven, pushed or pulled, maybe with "bike tractors" or similar, and that are adapted to e.g. planting / seeding without soil labour and in no-till systems, with thick hay or straw mulch, or adapted to polyculture, including for harvesting in crops that are not monoculture;
- locally selected / preserved seed, self-produced by farmers (importantly, breeding/selection should focus on the population NOT the individual, one of the mistakes of past genetic improvement programmes)
- new planting /trasplanting / management protocols for e.g. wider-spaced cereals for maximum stems per plant
- improved companion planting taking into consideration spontaneous and cultivated plants
- improved in-the-field composting approaches
- innovative arrangements of production / marketing of products in mixed farms with very extensive husbandry practices which e.g. leaves more of say milk to offspring and only use a fraction of all milk produced in lactation, with livestock using less land than today, only in areas not competing for food production for human consumption.
Why are these characteristics important for agroecological transitions to sustainable food systems ? : Agroecology should be a complete paradigm shift from both conventional industrial agriculture and mainstream organic farming, abandoning the concept of 'applying practices' and shifting to whole-system (re)design, from farm to fork, considering all steps along the chain, and adopting nature-based solutions and mimicking nature at all stages of productions, transformation, distribution and consumption of food and other biomass.

Sustainability cannot be achieved if agriculture keeps using so much mechanisation and fossil fuel. Some of it will probably still be necessary, yet it should be reduced to a bear minimum. Some of the approaches required are quite difficult, and require the development of adapted tools, machinery, varieties, etc.
MarcoBertaglia (Debate on innovations for agroecology)
créée le 23.03.2018 à 08:28, mise à jour le 23.03.2018 à 08:28.

Maria Goss

Organisation : Practical Action
Category : Civil Society Organization : NOG
Region : Sub Saharan Africa
What are, or should be, the main characteristics of agroecological innovations ? (sentences or key words) : Should be based on NRM activities incorporated within the agro-systems production and management across the whole value chain
should advocate for minimal dependence/reliance on inorganic pesticides for enhanced productivity
Innovations/interventions should be based on IKS and scaled up with involvement of targeted community beneficiaries using participatory-based approaches/methodologies
Agroecological innovations/interventions must be easy to implement, low-resourced and sustainable for the beneficiary community even after donor funds have run out
Capacity building on agro-ecological principles must be an underlying factor for any innovation/intervention within target communities.
Why are these characteristics important for agroecological transitions to sustainable food systems ? : NRM embedded activities within agro-ecological innovations will ensure that the environment is protected and safe even for future generations
Basing agro-ecological innovations on IKS will ensure that the local communities easily understand the concept, workings and the areas addressed by the new interventions, ensuring that these 'new ideas' are accepted, adopted and the communities adapt the them.
Using easy to implement and low-resource requiring innovations will ensure the sustainability of such even after donor funds have run out and implementing partners have moved out of the communities.
MariaGoss (Debate on innovations for agroecology)
créée le 29.03.2018 à 13:14, mise à jour le 29.03.2018 à 13:14.

Mersha Yilma

Organisation : MELCA-Ethiopia
Category : Civil Society Organization : NOG
Region : Sub Saharan Africa
What are, or should be, the main characteristics of agroecological innovations ? (sentences or key words) : Innovations in healthy soil and agricultural ecosystem management.
Characteristic features of regenerative agriculture.
Agro-ecological practices in urban settings.
Conserving agro-biodiversity for healthy and resilient socio-ecological landscapes.
Why are these characteristics important for agroecological transitions to sustainable food systems ? : Because they are all key factors in agro-ecological transitions to sustainable food systems.
MershaYilma (Debate on innovations for agroecology)
créée le 23.03.2018 à 06:56, mise à jour le 23.03.2018 à 06:56.

Mr. Phay Cheth

Organisation : Oxfam
Category : Civil Society Organization : NOG
Region : Asia and the Pacific
What are, or should be, the main characteristics of agroecological innovations ? (sentences or key words) : Women-Led Agriculture Service (WLAS) team --An innovative approach towards strengthening smallholder farmers’ access to agriculture extension services. It is a group of landless and small women farmers equipped with agriculture technique and skills to provide local technical service for farming including land leveling, land preparation, transplanting, harvesting, fertilizing, weeding, so on and so forth.
Why are these characteristics important for agroecological transitions to sustainable food systems ? : In Cambodia, small-scale farmers are facing the issue of low economic return from their rice farming because of low productivity and high input costs. The system of rice intensification (SRI) allows farmers to use less inputs. In dry areas, SRI could result in an average yield of 3.6 ton/ha, while under a similar situation the yield with traditional practice is only 2.4 ton/ha. Another critical issue that farmers are facing is labor shortage since the country’s economic conditions continue to force many men to migrate for work in the towns and cities. The Women-led Agriculture Service (WLAS) team is initiated to service the SRI farmers in their local community. The innovation focus on small-scale farmers who receive little or no agricultural extension support and grow rice using traditional methods (e.g. broadcasting seeds) and tend towards excessive use of chemical fertilizers and pesticides in their farming. This practice leads to low productivity, environmental pollution, and even toxicity in rice production which impacts negatively on their health. The WLAS teams could address for the following: 1) labor shortage in Agriculture by filling the gap of labor shortage in local community in agriculture and farming, especially for small scale farmers and older farmers, 2) alternative support to landless/small holder farmers by helping support to landless/small farmers to get income for their families through quality service provision in agriculture, 3) absence of local female extension workers in agriculture by having more women to become extension service provider in agriculture in local community, and 4) uphold women dignity by raising their social status within community.
MrPhayCheth (Debate on innovations for agroecology)
créée le 30.03.2018 à 02:16, mise à jour le 30.03.2018 à 02:16.

Mudzingwa Shepherd K

Organisation : Fambidzanai Permaculture Centre
Category : Civil Society Organization : NOG
Region : Sub Saharan Africa
What are, or should be, the main characteristics of agroecological innovations ? (sentences or key words) : Relevant
Driven by the interests of indigenous communities
Replicable
User friendly
Why are these characteristics important for agroecological transitions to sustainable food systems ? : For innovations to be useful in rural communities it has to be informed by the needs and aspirations of the indigenous people at the same time addressing their needs. It must be informed with what they want.
MudzingwaShepherdK (Debate on innovations for agroecology)
créée le 22.03.2018 à 18:26, mise à jour le 22.03.2018 à 18:26.

Mulata Nurhusen Mehamed

Organisation : Aywa Agro Industry
Category : Private sector
Region : Near East and North Africa
What are, or should be, the main characteristics of agroecological innovations ? (sentences or key words) : 1. Environmental
and social
innovation (community,
communication)
2. Economic
(autonomy)
and social Innovation
Why are these characteristics important for agroecological transitions to sustainable food systems ? : 1. Organic Farming
Promoting:- Organic farming is a mode of production that finds originality in
the use of farming practices and livestock concerned with respect for the balance of nature. Thus, it excludes the use of synthetic chemicals and restricts the use of inputs.
The benefits for society are multiple in terms of activities and jobs
creation, preservation of the quality of the soils, biodiversity, air
and water. This mode of production allows to experience life-size
innovative environmental practices and which are likely to be
developed more widely in agriculture. Its modes of processing
focus on the development of the natural characteristics of the
products.
2. Improve food self-
reliance of the herd by
the optimization of
pasture, by the quality
of the harvested
forage and protein on
the farm production. Thus;
The autonomy of farms is a double challenge: from an economic
point of view but also from an environmental point of view. Limit
inputs and external purchases to reduce the economic cost to the
farmer but also the environmental cost (transport). Sourcing
locally also responds to this issue.
MulataNurhusenMehamed (Debate on innovations for agroecology)
créée le 22.03.2018 à 22:08, mise à jour le 22.03.2018 à 22:08.

Paola De Meo

Organisation : terra nuova
Category : Civil Society Organization : NOG
Region : Europe and Central Asia
What are, or should be, the main characteristics of agroecological innovations ? (sentences or key words) : community centered, improving resilience to climate change, allow for biodiversity reproduction
Why are these characteristics important for agroecological transitions to sustainable food systems ? : community dimension is important for sustainability of any agroecological innovation; climate change is impacting on natural resources at different levels and agroecological approaches are best placed to deal with adaptation and resilience; Biodiversity erosion is also one of the major issues, and this will in turn make natural ecosystems more vulnerable. for this reason any agroecological innovation should be aimed at improving biodiversity
PaolaDeMeo (Debate on innovations for agroecology)
créée le 22.03.2018 à 16:48, mise à jour le 22.03.2018 à 16:48.

Peter Gubbels

Organisation : Groundswell International
Category : Civil Society Organization : NOG
Region : Sub Saharan Africa
What are, or should be, the main characteristics of agroecological innovations ? (sentences or key words) : Agroecological innovations are developed by application of ecological processes and knowledge to specific contexts, reflecting key principles: recycling of biomass ; optimizing nutrient availability effective management of organic matter and soil health (biotic activity); minimizing loss of nutrients through sun, air and water through microclimate management, water harvesting and increased soil cover; crop/species diversification at the field and landscape level; Enhancing
  • biological interactions and synergisms within ecological processes and services; facilitates the transition to gradual intensification of ecological processes over time, reducing need for external inputs; is multi-functional addressing not just production/economic viability, but resilience, sustainability, equity, and good nutrition


that take multiple
technological forms according
to the local socio
-
economic needs of fa
rmers and their
biophysical circumstances.
Agroecological innovations are born in situ with the
participation of farmers in a
horizontal (not vertical) manner and technologies are not
standardized but
are
rather
flexible and respond and adapt to each particula
r
situation
Why are these characteristics important for agroecological transitions to sustainable food systems ? : They are particularly well suited for small farming systems that continue to feed people in many parts of the planet, especially in developing countries; have potential to achieve food and nutrition security since they are knowledge intensive, not dependent on external inputs; and are essential to adapt to and mitigate climate change; reduce risks, regenerate the natural resource base, biodiversity and soil health
humanity in a peak oil era
of global climate change and fi
nancial crisis
.
Rece
n
t
r
esearch has
demonstrated
that small diverse farms are more resilient to droughts and
hurricanes.
PeterGubbels (Debate on innovations for agroecology)
créée le 26.03.2018 à 18:00, mise à jour le 26.03.2018 à 18:00.

Peter Gubbels

Organisation : Groundswell International
Category : Civil Society Organization : NOG
Region : Sub Saharan Africa
What are, or should be, the main characteristics of agroecological innovations ? (sentences or key words) : Agroecological innovations are developed by application of ecological processes and knowledge to specific contexts, reflecting key principles:
• recycling of biomass ;
• optimizing nutrient availability effective management of organic matter and soil health (biotic
  1. ;
• minimizing loss of nutrients through sun, air and water through microclimate management, water harvesting and increased soil cover;
• diversification of crops/species at the field and landscape level;
• Enhancing biological interactions and synergisms within ecological processes and services;
  • Facilitating the transition of a gradual intensification of ecological processes over time
• Reducing need for external inputs;
• is multi-functional addressing production/economic viability, but also resilience, sustainability,
  • social equity, and good nutrition
Why are these characteristics important for agroecological transitions to sustainable food systems ? : They are particularly well suited for small farming systems that continue to feed people in many parts of the planet, especially in developing countries; have potential to achieve food and nutrition security since they are knowledge intensive, not dependent on external inputs; and are essential to adapt to and mitigate climate change; reduce risks, regenerate the natural resource base, biodiversity and soil health
PeterGubbels2 (Debate on innovations for agroecology)
créée le 26.03.2018 à 18:08, mise à jour le 26.03.2018 à 18:08.

Peter Gubbels

Organisation : Groundswell International
Category : Civil Society Organization : NOG
Region : Sub Saharan Africa
What are, or should be, the main characteristics of agroecological innovations ? (sentences or key words) : Agroecological innovations are developed by application of ecological processes and knowledge to specific contexts, reflecting key principles:
• recycling of biomass ;
• optimizing nutrient availability effective management of organic matter and soil health
  • (biotic activity);
• minimizing loss of nutrients through sun, air and water through microclimate management, water harvesting and increased soil cover;
• diversification of crops/species at the field and landscape level;
• Enhancing biological interactions and synergisms within ecological processes and services;
  • Facilitating the transition of a gradual intensification of ecological processes over time
• Reducing need for external inputs;
• is multi-functional addressing production/economic viability, but also resilience, sustainability,
  • social equity, and good nutrition
Why are these characteristics important for agroecological transitions to sustainable food systems ? : They are particularly well suited for small farming systems that continue to feed people in many parts of the planet, especially in developing countries; have potential to achieve food and nutrition security since they are knowledge intensive, not dependent on external inputs; and are essential to adapt to and mitigate climate change; reduce risks, regenerate the natural resource base, biodiversity and soil health
PeterGubbels3 (Debate on innovations for agroecology)
créée le 26.03.2018 à 18:09, mise à jour le 26.03.2018 à 18:09.

Ric Coe

Region : Sub Saharan Africa
What are, or should be, the main characteristics of agroecological innovations ? (sentences or key words) : Based on ecological insights, understanding and theory. Novelty, bringing something genuinely new to the sets of practices available.
Why are these characteristics important for agroecological transitions to sustainable food systems ? : 1. To avoid unreasonable expectations and hence loss of credibility when they are not met.
2. To increase the options available not simply recycle ideas that have been around for a long time
RicCoe (Debate on innovations for agroecology)
créée le 22.03.2018 à 17:37, mise à jour le 22.03.2018 à 17:37.

Ruchi Shroff

Organisation : Navdanya
Category : Civil Society Organization : NOG
Region : Asia and the Pacific
What are, or should be, the main characteristics of agroecological innovations ? (sentences or key words) : Keywords: Viable, just (socially and environmentally), inclusive and culturally sensitive, strategic and future-oriented, particularly in terms of resiliency (ie. integrating climate change adaptation measures - including considerations of pests, conserving freshwater where necessary, conserving biodiversity in the face of drastic biodiversity losses) and 'bridging'.
Why are these characteristics important for agroecological transitions to sustainable food systems ? : Innovations must be viable, otherwise they will not be adopted. They should be environmentally and socially just as a matter of ethics. They should be strategic and future-oriented in light of escalating global challenges such as freshwater scarcity in some regions, climate change and biodiversity loss.
RuchiShroff (Debate on innovations for agroecology)
créée le 28.03.2018 à 16:39, mise à jour le 28.03.2018 à 16:39.

Salvatore BASILE & Kim ASAEL

Organisation : IN.N.E.R. - International Network of Eco Regions
Category : Civil Society Organization : NOG
Region : Europe and Central Asia
What are, or should be, the main characteristics of agroecological innovations ? (sentences or key words) : 1) The multi-functional approach endorsed by a Bio-district developing territories through organic agriculture and agro-ecological practices allows for:
- economic profitability (marketing opportunities for producers; supply chains to revitalize solid and equitable local market level; green public procurement; eco-tourism..).
- valorisation of local biodiversities to contribute to a sustainable environment through different eco-system services and the reduction of impact of farming on natural resources.
- social valorisation of the territorial employment in agriculture of young people, women, residents in general, enhancing local cultural traditions and knowledge.

2) The systemic approach of a Bio-district giving the best value to the use of the territorial resources allows for more flexible funding strategies and a coordinated use of financial resources in order to adopt territorial strategies of local integrated development

3) The democratic territorial food governance based on the cooperation between local governments and municipalities with local private actors, favours the exchange between different stakeholders, the awareness and participation of all citizens of the territory that have interest in adopting the principles and methods of agro-ecology and organic faming to manage and live a sustainable environment where all local resources are preserved, enhanced and used for the a healthy nutrition and wellbeing of all participants at the Bio-district.
Why are these characteristics important for agroecological transitions to sustainable food systems ? : 1) The multi-functional organic production and the ethics of consumption in the Bio-districts generate a global organic way of living which can offer everyone a healthy and safe product, to improve environmental conditions, to cut down the costs of the socio-sanitary services and those for the environmental management. Sustainability of this innovative practice of organic agriculture and agro-ecology is sustainable because labour, capital, goods and services become all factors of organic production of the Bio-district.

2) It stimulates the creation of networks of networks (aggregating all actors from the transformation, distribution and trade compounds) and more broaden alliances to frame all challenging spaces to be investigated (Homeopathic..., organic pesticides..), to build upon an horizontal knowledge-building, measurements (indicators) and benchmarking.

3) The participative and inclusive community of a Bio-district, operating through the bottom-up virtuous governance in the Bio-district has policy implications by favouring an increase of mutual trust that supports the development of social, inclusive and sustainable food systems.

The pact signed among the Bio-district's actors link the development of organic agriculture to an inclusive territorial development needed to go towards more sustainable food systems.
SalvatoreBasileKimAsael (Debate on innovations for agroecology)
créée le 29.03.2018 à 18:58, mise à jour le 29.03.2018 à 18:58.

Sara Lickel

Organisation : Secours catholique - Caritas France
Category : Civil Society Organization : NOG
Region : Europe and Central Asia
What are, or should be, the main characteristics of agroecological innovations ? (sentences or key words) : Agroecological innovations depend on the public policies that are conditioning them. Those should focus on:
-land rights and land security
-innovative indicators that allow to measure not only the production's contribution to the GDP but the environmental benefits (soil nutriments, water cycles, avoided pollution and its consequences on human and animal health), quality of jobs created, local well being, food security...
-build agroecological innovations from a bottom up perspective, encouraging knowledge sharing
-allow and encourage circulation and exchange of local seeds
-coherence of other public policies with the objective of scaling up agroecology (trade and investment policies are threatening the development of agroecology innovations).
Why are these characteristics important for agroecological transitions to sustainable food systems ? : Improving land security and ensuring that common goods (seeds, water and land) are accessible to all are a prerequisite for agroecology. Rethinking indicators to take into account all the benefits provided by agroecology would help to orientate public policies to realize SDGs with agroecology.
When designing the path towards sustainable food systems, we must bear in mind that some intensive practices will have to be abandoned because they are contradictory with agroecology.
SaraLickel (Debate on innovations for agroecology)
créée le 26.03.2018 à 15:23, mise à jour le 26.03.2018 à 15:23.

Stefano BISOFFI

Organisation : Consultant
Category : Academia
Region : Europe and Central Asia
What are, or should be, the main characteristics of agroecological innovations ? (sentences or key words) : Understanding the biological mechanisms of plant/plant and plant/parasite interactions in order to provide a scientific basis to empirical observations of synergistic or antagonistic effects
Why are these characteristics important for agroecological transitions to sustainable food systems ? : A sound scientific knowledge would equip the agroecological approach with sound, evidence based reasons to balance the simplistic but effective arguments of conventional agriculture to maintain its superiority in ensuring high productivity.
StefanoBisoffi (Debate on innovations for agroecology)
créée le 26.03.2018 à 09:21, mise à jour le 26.03.2018 à 09:21.

Steve Gliessman

Organisation : University of California, Santa Cruz
Category : Academia
Region : North America
What are, or should be, the main characteristics of agroecological innovations ? (sentences or key words) : First and foremost, agroecological innovations should be much more than just farming practices. They should be new ways to create food system change at all levels of the food system, from the farm to the table, from the farmer to the eater, and for all sectors of society. They should be co-created through participatory collaboration where research and practice are joined, where agroecological science links with local farmer knowledge, and where a relationship-based food system provides food that is safe, healthy, and available to everyone. Agroecological innovations also include new and effective policies that respect the rights of everyone to food that is good for them, for the environment, for each person's culture, for local economies, and for future generations.
Why are these characteristics important for agroecological transitions to sustainable food systems ? :
  • This integrated, multi-dimensional view of innovations is needed in order to support the movements around the world that are grounded in agroecology. Agroecological innovations usually can find more immediate application in changing farming practices, but innovations must also be developed and applied in everything from bringing diversity back to agricultural landscapes, providing access to land, developing short-chain and local markets, enacting policy changes that strengthen food sovereignty, and many more. Ultimately, innovations in thinking and acting are needed in order to put "Culture" back into Agri-Culture.
SteveGliessman (Debate on innovations for agroecology)
créée le 25.03.2018 à 03:36, mise à jour le 25.03.2018 à 03:36.

Yogesh Jadhav

Organisation : Barli Development Institute for Rural Women
Category : Civil Society Organization : NOG
Region : Asia and the Pacific
What are, or should be, the main characteristics of agroecological innovations ? (sentences or key words) : Agroecological innovations should :
be adaptive to rural areas, promote women's empowerment, cater to the poorest of poor
Why are these characteristics important for agroecological transitions to sustainable food systems ? : Majority of agricultural activities in developing countries are carried out by rural and tribal women. Rural and tribal women are the primary users and caretakers of forests and agricultural lands, hence know better about its sustainability. If these women are trained in agroecological innovations, the impacts could be maximised and scaled up over time efficiently.
YogeshJadhav (Debate on innovations for agroecology)
créée le 24.03.2018 à 10:20, mise à jour le 24.03.2018 à 10:20.