Scaling up Agroecology
Using Technology Justice in agriculture to leave no one behind
To eradicate extreme poverty means focusing on the 500 million smallholders so they can reliably generate more food and income from their agricultural activities. This paper uses the three pillars of Technology Justice (access, local innovation, and sustainable use of technologies) to assess the range of agricultural development pathways available. Agroecology emerges as the strongest pathway for leaving no one behind and meeting the triple challenge of productivity, sustainability and poverty eradication, as outlined in the Sustainable Development Goals. This policy briefing presents existing evidence and research in agroecology alongside case studies of successful initiatives with scalable potential, particularly where market systems are at the core of development practices. Considering the barriers to scaling up agroecology, the paper recommends that development actors work together to identify incentives to enable systemic change, through facilitating market systems and private-sector engagement in agroecological production and value chains.
Series: Practical Action
|Agricultural development pathways|
|Recommendations to help ensure no one is left behind|
Chris Henderson is Senior Policy and Practice Adviser with Practical Action, UK. He leads the organization’s influencing and learning strategy on agriculture and food security.
Jonathan Casey is Policy Officer with Practical Action, UK. He supports Practical Action’s policy influencing work on technology and innovation through research, analysis and communications.
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