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Enabling extension and advisory services to promote agroecology










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    The 10 elements of agroecology
    Guiding the transition to sustainable food and agricultural systems
    2018
    Today’s food and agricultural systems have succeeded in supplying large volumes of food to global markets. However, high-external input, resource-intensive agricultural systems have caused massive deforestation, water scarcities, biodiversity loss, soil depletion and high levels of greenhouse gas emissions. Despite significant progress in recent times, hunger and extreme poverty persist as critical global challenges. Even where poverty has been reduced, pervasive inequalities remain, hindering poverty eradication. Integral to FAO’s Common Vision for Sustainable Food and Agriculture, agroecology is a key part of the global response to this climate of instability, offering a unique approach to meeting significant increases in our food needs of the future while ensuring no one is left behind. Agroecology is an integrated approach that simultaneously applies ecological and social concepts and principles to the design and management of food and agricultural systems. It seeks to optimize the interactions between plants, animals, humans and the environment while taking into consideration the social aspects that need to be addressed for a sustainable and fair food system. Agroecology is not a new invention. It can be identified in scientific literature since the 1920s, and has found expression in family farmers’ practices, in grassroots social movements for sustainability and the public policies of various countries around the world. More recently, agroecology has entered the discourse of international and UN institutions.
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    Enabling Extension and Advisory Services to facilitate Innovations for Agroecology 2022
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    FAO promotes extension and advisory services that put producers and sustainability at the center of the innovation process, and hence are aligned with the main principles of agroecological philosophy. As it is quite a new area, efforts are needed to enable EAS to support effective and efficient agroecology approaches. That is why FAO is hosting an e-discussion and a webinar on this topic, to share experiences and knowledge, document good practices and kick off a global dialogue on EAS and agroecology.
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    Natural resource-driven fragility
    Mapping global vulnerability
    2024
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    In an increasingly interconnected world, we are confronted with formidable global challenges stemming from resource depletion, unsustainable production and consumption patterns, and the alarming consequences of climate change. The scientific consensus is clear: the current models of production and consumption are pushing our planet towards unsustainable limits. While there is growing awareness of the political processes that transform environmental concerns into social issues and policy development, the absence of reliable indicators on access to natural resources hampers the integration of water, energy, and food security into the sustainable development agenda. This report endeavours to define and map natural resources-driven fragility, aiming to lay the foundation for the development of a visualization tool – a global map highlighting vulnerable areas acutely exposed to natural resources-driven fragility. By providing empirical evidence, this tool will serve as a compass, guiding decisions regarding geographical and thematic areas of intervention, thereby alleviating the burden of natural resources-driven fragility faced by the most vulnerable nations.

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