WHAT IS AGROECOLOGY?

What does Agroecology farming, forestry or producing look like in practice?

  • Agriculture or forestry that works with nature and farmers’ local biodiversity
  • Puts farmers, foresters and their communities at the heart of the system using techniques that regenerate and sustain the environment, ensure the well-being of humans and animals and contribute to local economies
  • Farming and forestry that has a positive impact on climate change focusing on recycling resources, building the diversity in the system, reducing emissions, in built resilience, supplying local supply chains, minimising losses (e.g. capturing water, reducing soil erosion, reducing synthetic inputs)
  • Valuing nature and selecting technology according to its environmental, social and economic impact

Agroecology is not connected with one type of farming and “can be distinguished from “organic” and “regenerative” due to the social and political aspects of agroecology”.  Agroecology aims towards (although struggles within the wider economic context) ensuring that everyone can afford sustainable, culturally appropriate food, and also works towards improved access to land. Farming methods that can be associated with agroecology and use (some or all) agroecological principles are organic farming, biodynamic farming, agroforestry, permaculture and regenerative agriculture. It is more than a “type” of farming but rather a systems approach to creating a fair and sustainable food system, that is working towards food sovereignty and food justice for all.

Who is The Agroecological Learning Collective for?

The Agroecological Learning Collective embraces individuals and organisations who are passionate about delivering or gaining new knowledge and skills relating to agroecology, regenerative farming and regenerative thinking.  (This is not an exhaustive list!) Knowledge creation and sharing is at the heart of The Agroecological Learning Collective. TALC aims to be key to building connections through providing a central knowledge platform for agroecological training and be the go-to place for information on agroecology learning opportunities to support a resilient transition to a regenerative farming future. 

Credit : Nigel Akehurst
  1. Agroecological farmers, foresters, producers and and those connected to the land
  2. Agroecological Knowledge Providers
  3. Agroecological Knowledge Centres
  4. Agroecological Knowledge Seekers
  1. https://www.foodsovereignty.org/forum-agroecology-nyeleni-2015-2/ ↩︎
  2. Ashley Dawson, Environmentalism from Below, 2024 ↩︎
  3. FAO https://www.fao.org/agroecology/overview/en/ ↩︎

Image credits : Clem Sandison and Nigel Akehurst