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.