Dear Friends and Colleagues
Scaling-Up Agroecology Essential to Addressing Hunger in the Sahel
Every year in the Sahel, there are over 20 million people (mostly dryland farmers) who are food insecure. They are chronically vulnerable to food and nutrition insecurity due to increasing pressure on land, declining soil fertility, misguided agricultural policies, and climate change. A growing percentage of farm families are caught in a ‘hunger-debt trap’ characterized by falling productivity, loss of assets, and migration.
A guide for civil society entitled “Scaling Agroecology in the Sahel” draws from lessons learnt from cases studies in the Sahel. The publication explains that it is critical to enable small scale farmers to engage in agroecology to build resilience to climate change and to reverse land degradation. But to be successful, this must be accompanied by strategies to integrate nutrition, rural governance, equity, and women’s self-empowerment.
A process to scale up agroecology requires a carefully managed, sequential strategy, adapted to each specific context. There are eight phases in the scaling up process. The three key strategies are:
The publication is available here: http://www.cultivatecollective.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/11/FINAL-scaling-up-brief.pdf
With best wishes,