Joining forces for more sustainable food systems


Laura Angelstorf, Biovision

Biodiversity loss, climate change, rising fertiliser prices: these global challenges are highly influenced by food production and consumption. Agroecology addresses these challenges, shares many synergies with other systemic approaches and may even decrease governments’ dependencies on global markets. This is shown by the three policy briefs from the Agroecology Dialogues, published by Biovision and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) in support of the Agroecology Coalition.

Agriculture is responsible for 70% of terrestrial biodiversity loss and thus is a huge lever for addressing the sustainability challenges that the world faces. There are several scientific disciplines that look at these challenges in a holistic manner. Agroecology is one of them and provides a promising pathway towards a sustainable transformation of food systems, as it considers ecological, social and economic aspects.

Dialogues to foster mutual understanding

The aim of the Agroecology Dialogues organised by the FAO and Biovision was to highlight synergies between different scientific disciplines and to enable policy makers and research organisations to make use of these synergies. “In order to achieve a real transformation of food systems that is beneficial to people and the environment, we need to join forces with other disciplines and promote the supportive character of agroecology,” explains Programme Manager John Garcia Ulloa.

Portrait of Beth Bechdol, Deputy Director-General at FAO
"It is very valuable to have these policy briefs. They may spark collaborations between actors that hadn’t thought of working with each other in the first place."
Beth Bechdol, Deputy Director-General at FAO

The discussions held during the Agroecology Dialogues were summarised in three policy briefs, aimed at decision makers, the scientific community and philanthropists.

They focus on:

  • The interface between agroecological and territorial approaches for food systems transformations
  • Exploring the synergies between agroecology and conservation communities
  • Agroecology as a response to agri-input scarcity


“It is very valuable to have these policy briefs. They may spark collaborations between actors that hadn’t thought of working with each other in the first place”, says Beth Bechdol, Deputy Director-General at FAO. She adds: “Biovision is a very engaged organisation that sees entry points for food system transformation, and it has been a great opportunity to collaborate and bring our different perspectives to these briefs”.

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Watch the videos on the key findings from the  policy briefs

Agroecology Dialogues Policy Briefs

The three thematic dialogues aimed to identify entry points, opportunities, building blocks, innovative approaches and institutional frameworks to support the upscaling of agroecology. Between 60 and 90 participants from various backgrounds and sectors (scientists, government representatives, civil society organisations, intergovernmental organisations, private sector entities and others) contributed to each dialogue.

Picture of the Policy Briefs on agri-input scarcity.


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