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Scaling Up Agroecology

The UN Conference on Sustainable Development 2012 (Rio+20) will be held from 20-22 June 2012. Among the many topics on the agenda is the issue of sustainable agriculture and food security. As its contribution to the discussion, the Latin American Scientific Society of Agroecology (SOCLA) has produced a position paper entitled 'The scaling up of agroecology: spreading the hope for food sovereignty and resiliency'.

SOCLA argues that agroecology has proven capable of sustainably increasing productivity and has far greater potential for fighting hunger, particularly during economic and climatically uncertain times. Thousands of projects throughout Africa, Asia and Latin America show convincingly that agroecology provides the scientific, technological and methodological basis to help smallholder farmers enhance crop production in a sustainable and resilient manner, thus allowing them to provide for current and future food needs. Agroecological methods produce more food on less land, using less energy, less water while enhancing the natural resource base, providing ecological services and lowering outputs of greenhouse gases.

The need to scale up the agroecological approach is long overdue and the paper therefore offers recommendations in this regard.

The full paper can be downloaded at:
http://www.agroeco.org/socla/archivospdf/Rio20.pdf

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