Agroecology being diverse and multidimensional, a broad range of issues were addressed such as the fundamental role of crop biodiversity, the highly preoccupying status of agrochemical use in the region, the need for appropriate-scale machinery, the importance of innovative and participatory intervention mechanisms, the recognition and integration of Indigenous Knowledge, the capacity building of the new generation, the marketing of agroecological products…
Three main take home messages emerged from all the discussions:
– The importance to invest in Soil Health and Farmer Empowerment,
– The necessity to seek convergence between Land Tenure & Agroecology and co-produce a credible narrative for a smallholder pathway towards agricultural development,
– The challenge posed by commodities-based production systems to an agroecological transition.
Authors and Publishers
L. Levard (Gret )
Groupe de Recherches et d'Echanges Technologiques (GRET) (French, Group For Research and Technology Exchanges) is a non-governmental association supporting international cooperation, professional solidarity and poverty reduction in the countries of Asia, Africa, Europe and Latin America. It was established in the late 1970s.
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