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There are growing calls to transform the current food system in response to hunger, malnutrition, climate change and biodiversity loss. Financial institutions and donors and other actors have tended to focus on increasing productivity and developing global value chains, which has caused great harm to the environment while failing to end hunger, poverty, and inequalities.

This is where agroecology comes in: an alternative vision that reflects a more fundamental and systemic transformation towards fair and sustainable food systems. Millions of farmers, pastoralists and indigenous peoples around the world are already producing food in ways that build on the principles of agroecology. In an enabling policy context, agroecology has proven to achieve robust gains in poverty reduction, food and nutrition security, women and youth empowerment and biodiversity and climate resilience.

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Author: Colin R Anderson and Janneke Bruil
Contributors: Tristan Quinn-Thibodeau and Julie Middleton
Coordination: Alberta Guerra
Copy Editor: Brandon Wu
Date published: November 2021
Number of pages: 25