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