Agroecology represents an alternative food and farming paradigm, standing in contrast to industrial agriculture. Agroecology is rooted in rebuilding relationships between agriculture and the environment, and between food systems and society. While the practices can be wide-ranging, agroecology is characterized by diversifying farms and farming landscapes, replacing chemical inputs with organic materials and processes, optimizing biodiversity, and stimulating interactions between different species, as part of holistic strategies to build long-term soil fertility, healthy agroecosystems and secure and just livelihoods.  Through its work, IPES-Food has made the case for a paradigm shift to diversified agroecological systems, identifying the barriers to change and providing concrete examples of transition from around the world. IPES-Food also continues to make the case for the merits of agroecology to be recognised at the highest levels of decision making - including the UN Food Systems Summit in 2021.


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The Added Value(s) of Agroecology: Unlocking the potential for transition in West Africa

West Africa has all the ingredients to become the epicenter of the global agroecology movement, and one of the frontrunners in transition to sustainable and equitable food systems. Through a three-year participatory research process, IPES-Food identified eight key obstacles to agroecology in West Africa, but also four leverage points where sustained action could accelerate the agroecological transition in the region.

Read the Full Report ( EN | FR ) 
Read the Executive Summary ( EN | FR ) 

Money Flows: what is holding back investment in agroecological research for Africa?

In collaboration with Biovision and IDS, IPES-Food analyses the financial flows in food system research that go to sub-Saharan Africa. Our new data shows that only a fraction of agricultural research funding in Africa is being used to move food and farming systems towards greater sustainability.

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Read the Executive Summary ( EN | FR | ES | DE ) 

COVID-19 and the Crisis in Food Systems

What are the impacts of COVID-19 on food systems? Why are we in the midst of this perfect storm? What can be done immediately to avert more damage to society and the economy? And what are the structural changes we now need to protect people and planet?

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October 2018 | Agroecology

Breaking away from industrial food and farming systems: Seven case studies of agroecological transition

This report describes seven case studies of agroecological transition to draw insights on how the lock-ins of industrial food systems can be overcome, where the key leverage points for transition are located, and how transition towards sustainable food and farming systems can be best supported.

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Read the executive summary ( EN )

June 2016 | Agroecology

From Uniformity to Diversity: A paradigm shift from industrial agriculture to diversified agroecological systems

This report made the case for a paradigm shift from industrial agriculture to diversified agroecological systems and identifies the 8 ‘lock-ins’ holding back transition.  

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Read the executive summary ( EN )
Read the key messages ( EN | FR | ES )

August 2018

Alliance for Agroecology in West Africa (3AO) Brochure

A brief overview of the Alliance for Agroecology in West Africa (3AO), created in April 2018, during a West African multi-stakeholder meeting co-organized by IPES-Food and ROPPA. 3AO aims to promote and support an agroecological transition in West Africa to ensure resilient, sustainable livelihoods adapted to local agricultural challenges. 

Read the brochure (EN / FR)

June 2019

Agroecology Info Pool

Part of joint project between Biovision and IPES-Food, the Agroecology Info Pool contains convincing cases, a criteria tool to assess projects or policies, and an assessment of the impacts of various agroecological interventions on all Sustainable Development Goals. This website serves as a platform to provide evidence, knowledge, and experiences on the impacts and multiple benefits of agroecology.

November 2017

Contribution to e-consultation on CFS HLPE report

In November 2017, IPES-Food contribute to the e-consultation process on the scope of High level Panel of Experts (HLPE) of the Committee on World Food Security report on ‘Agroecological approaches and other innovations for sustainable agriculture and food systems that enhance food security and nutrition’

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February 2022

OPINION | UA – UE : une autre agriculture est possible

Jeune Afrique

February 2022

OPINION | Can Africa and the EU join forces to boost sustainable farming?


September 2021

L'agroécologie s'invite au sommet de l'ONU sur la sécurité alimentaire

Les Echos

April 2021

OPINION | The world needs a food movement based on agroecology and equity


December 2020

OPINION | Governments must lead the charge in agroecology


September 2020

OPINION | For sustainable agriculture in West Africa, let’s leave our echo chambers

African Arguments

September 2020

L'Afrique, pionnier mondial de l'agroécologie


September 2020

West Africa’s path to resilience and SDGs through agroecology


August 2020

US Groups Invest Billions in Industrial Ag in Africa. Experts Say It’s not Ending Hunger or Helping Farmers

Civil Eats

July 2020

REGARDEZ | Agriculture en Afrique : des donateurs intéressés ?

France 24

July 2020

OPINION | Need for a radical shift in Africa’s agricultural funding models


June 2020

Agroecology Strengthens Farmers’ Resilience But Highly Underfunded in Africa


June 2020

LISTEN | Why sustainable farming is losing out in Africa

Deutsche Welle

June 2020

Fondation Gates : les investissements dans la recherche agricole en Afrique critiqués

Le Monde

June 2020

Industrial agriculture receiving bulk of Africa’s agricultural development funding


March 2020

Op-ed by IPES-Food's Olivier De Schutter and Olivia Yambi


February 2020

“We must cultivate our own garden” – Alliance for Agroecology in West Africa gathers in Dakar, ushers in new chapter for agroecology in region


July 2019

Last call for a food systems revolution

UNEP Newsletter

January 2019

"Des Bauern wichtigstes Gut" – "Wenn es so wäre!"

Die Zeit | Debate between Olivier De Schutter and Helmut Schramm

December 2018

Gutes und hochwertiges Essen für alle

Wiener Zeitung | Olivier De Schutter & Thomas Waitz

October 2018

Une Europe agroécologique est-elle possible?

IDDRI | Olivier De Schutter

October 2018

Agroecología tiene proyectos viables en Latinoamérica y España, según estudio

EFE | La Vanguardia

September 2018

The Chemical-Free Food Movement Turning Dusty Land Into Fertile Paradise

HuffPost | John Vidal

May 2018

As CAP Reform Enters Familiar Cycles, a Common Food Policy Offers a Plan B for the EU

ARC2020 | Olivier De Schutter

May 2018

Rebooting food: Finding new ways to feed the future

Reuters | Thin Lei Win

May 2018

Campaigners fear Latin America is rolling back on eco-farming promises


October 2017

Agroécologie, agriculture et aide internationale féministe

Huffington Post | Nadia Ponce Morales & Mélissa Cabana

October 2017

Hidden cost of feeding grain to farm animals to hit $1.32tn a year

The Guardian | Bibi van der Zee

August 2017

Agroecology as a means to transforming food systems for health, nutrition and equity in a climate changing world

Barilla Centre for Food & Nutrition

July 2017

PODCAST | Episode 231 "Global Food Policy"

'What doesn't kill you' | Olivier De Schutter

February 2017

Time to put a Common Food Policy on the menu

Politico | Olivier De Schutter & Carlo Petrini

January 2017

PODCAST | Episode 210 'The Promise of Agroecology'

'What doesn't kill you' | Molly Anderson

January 2017

Modern agriculture cultivates climate change – we must nurture biodiversity

The Guardian | Olivier De Schutter & Emile Frison

January 2017

The Increasingly Shaky Foundations of Industrial Agriculture

Food & Farming Discussion Lab

October 2016

To Diversify Agriculture, We Must Diversify the Questions We Ask

Common Dreams | Emile Frison

July 2016

Current agricultural practices stand in the way of sustainability: It’s past time to diversify

Thrive | Emile Frison & Fabrice DeClerk

September 2015

Agroecology is Working – But We Need Examples to Inspire Others

Food Tank | Olivier De Schutter & Steve Gliessman

June 2016

Dr. Emile Frison - Trondheim Conference 2016

June 2016

Diversified agroecological systems: a new agricultural paradigm

presented by Emile Frison

April 2018

Agroecology, various approaches in Europe