Switzerland and International
Advocacy for Agroecology
Global food systems are largely based on an agricultural model that has lost touch with its ecological and social base. Instead of a system of farming that is sustainable and diverse, as called for in Agenda 2030, the dominant form of agriculture – at least in industrialised and emerging countries - is intensive, industrial-scale agriculture. This type of farming leaches soils, destroys rainforests, pollutes water courses, threatens biodiversity, causes pesticide resistance and harms the health of producers and increasingly consumers as well. Finally, it increases greenhouse gas emissions and so makes a significant contribution to global climate change. Agroecology offers a systematic approach to food systems whilst simultaneously providing answers to many of the above challenges. Agroecological practices help to retain natural resources, strengthen resistance and maintain a healthy climate.
An objective of the project is to make better use of the potential afforded by systemic, agroecological food systems. It will seek, therefore, to expand further the scientific basis and at the same time encourage agroecology through the creation of a favourable political environment. The project will also seek to improve communication and coordination between funders, researchers and policymakers.
The project will support selected national and regional governments with the introduction of integrated policy planning by providing concrete, understandable information on agroecological methods (e.g. Push Pull). Moreover, the issue of climate change combined with the country-specific commitments in the international Climate Change Agreement have brought about a political framework that will cause governments to realise the urgency of implementing agroecological solutions.
In the longer term, the aim is to establish food systems that are healthy - ecologically, socially and economically - and can also feed populations as climatic conditions change. Such a radical paradigm shift and system change will require a step-by-step approach and a transition over a longer timeframe. This is why Biovision plans to implement the required steps in stages.
At the heart of the project are the balance and synergies between the ecological, social and economic processes in local food systems – as identified back in 2008 in the World Agricultural Report IAASTD) and recognised globally in Agenda 2030.
The project is now using the framework provided by Agenda 2030 and the Paris Climate Change Agreement, in order to raise the profile of a science-based approach to agroecology and so expand its application. This will drive forward the paradigm shift in favour of sustainable, global food systems.
- Objective 1: Encourage agroecological research by raising awareness and cooperation between donor organisations, governments and the research community.
- Objective 2: To inform and sensitize decision-makers at national and international level to support agroecology: to demonstrate and harness the potential of agroecological measures and strategies in Kenya to address the negative impacts of climate change.