Key Concepts, Principles and Practices

Main Learning Points from Training Courses on Agroecology in Solo, Indonesia (5-9 June 2013) and Lusaka, Zambia (20-24 April 2015)

Publisher: Sociedad Cientifica Latinoamericana de Agroecología (SOCLA) and Third World Network

ISBN: 978-967-0747-11-8
Year: 2015   No. of pages: 52
18 cm x 21.5 cm

About the Book

Industrial agriculture is not delivering on its promise to feed the world. As its limitations and ruinous health and environmental impacts become more and more evident, the need to rethink how we farm is thrown into ever sharper relief.

      Agroecology – the application of the science of ecology to agricultural systems – is increasingly recognized as the way forward for agriculture. It is an alternative to the destructive practices and unhealthy food produced by industrial agriculture. Drawing from the workings of natural ecosystems, agroecological principles and practices provide a solid foundation for improving plant health, soil quality and crop productivity. Further, agroecology is more than a science; it is also a practice and a movement. Conceived in this manner, the knowledge of farmers takes centrestage, as does the sharing of their experiences and the spread thereof.

      This booklet distills the main learning points from two training courses on agroecology organized by the Third World Network in Indonesia in 2013 and in Zambia in 2015. It is intended to serve as a resource document outlining the fundamentals of agroecology and how it can inform the design and management of truly sustainable agricultural systems.


Background and Introduction                                                                                                   

1.   The Crisis of Industrial Agriculture

2.   Concepts and Principles of Agroecology

3.   The Role of Biodiversity in Ecological Agriculture

4.   Enhancing Plant Biodiversity in Ecological Pest Management in Agroecosystems

5.   Agroecological Basis for the Conversion to Organic Management

6.   Agroecology and Food Sovereignty

7.   Agroecology and the Design of Resilient Farming Systems for a Planet in Crisis

Useful Resources


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