Agroecology is a set of agricultural models whose principles and practices can create resilient systems, reducing the vulnerability of populations and enhancing local production.
The guide “Agroecology best practices”, published by Agrisud, provides the knowledge for the implementation of these systems. A new version of this guide* is now available, ten years after the release of its first edition.
Updated knowledge to better promote agroecology
The update of the guide “Agroecology best practices”*, published for the first time in 2010, has enriched the overall methodological and practical content.
The relationships between farms and their context are more detailed. Clarifications were made on the necessary process of identifying and validating practices in different contexts before being spread.
Additional sheets expand on the different parts, especially on phytosanitary protection in arboriculture, soil fertility management and legumes in cropping systems.
This emphasis on legumes has motivated the support of the Avril Foundation given the interest they represent both agronomically and nutritionally.
Agroecological practices strengthen agricultural and food systems
The Covid-19 crisis reveals once again the vulnerability of food systems and their lack of resilience: vulnerability of the production when reliant on imported resources (inputs, energy, etc.), vulnerability of consumers when markets are supplied from distant production areas, unequal access to healthy food, etc.
Agroecology aims to reconcile, over time, the productivity of agricultural systems and the preservation of natural resources (soil, water and biodiversity). It takes into account economic, social and environmental components (systems approach) to combine practices that create a balance between people, agricultural activities and their context.
In concrete terms, agroecological practices increase productivity and secure agricultural production while preserving natural resources. It strengthens both agri-environmental and socio-economic resilience, secures supply to markets and can create new business opportunities for farmers. The food supply of local markets improves in terms of quality and widens in quantity and diversity: in this way food and nutritional security is reinforced.
Through its global approach, agroecology reduces vulnerabilities and promotes territorialized and sustainable food systems.
The 2020 edition of the guide “Agroecology best practices”* meets the needs of many development actors who work for the agroecological transition in Northern as in Southern countries.
*The new version of the guide “Agroecology best practices” (2020 edition) is only available in French but the original version (2010 edition) can be dowloaded in English