We aim to accelerate the transition to agroecology as a core solution to the future of food.
Through our work on agroecology, we aim to see:
- Strengthened practice and voice of agroecology through the collective efforts of civil society movements, farmers, scientists/researchers, governments, and the private sector, upholding the integrity of natural systems and the human right to food.
- Stronger linkages developed between agroecology and climate change, sustainable economies, trade, and health, through multidisciplinary and strategic local, national and global collaborations amongst those working across these issues.
- Protection and support of agricultural biodiversity and seed systems, as cornerstones of agroecology in order to advance ecological resilience.
The Future of Food: Seeds of Resilience Agricultural biodiversity and robust seed systems are foundational elements of renewable, resilient, equitable, diverse, healthy, and interconnected food systems. In the current context of climate change and global food insecurity, there is an urgent need for resilient seed systems that protect seed diversity and enhance nutrition and food security.
Recognizing this, the Global Alliance for the Future of Food commissioned experts from around the world to weigh in on a future that protects and improves resilient seed systems and strengthens agricultural biodiversity. The Future of Food: Seeds of Resilience: A compendium of perspectives on agricultural biodiversity from around the world includes an Opportunities Report and twelve commentaries from a diverse range of experts, including farmers, community activists, business representatives, researchers, and scientists, to better understand where we can collectively focus our efforts to address this issue.
Agricultural Biodiversity and Seeds Convening Since the compendium’s publication, the Global Alliance has been reaching out to key stakeholders to understand how best to work with others to strengthen support for resilient seed systems. After extensive consultation and engagement, the Global Alliance is supporting the development of a shared action framework for agricultural biodiversity and resilient seed systems, and hosted a strategic convening on these issues in the fall of 2018 as part of its overall strategy to foster a transition to sustainable food systems. Continued work towards a shared action framework will continue with next steps rolling out in 2019.
Beacons of Hope Around the world, efforts to support sustainable food systems are proliferating. Global Alliance members are supporting some of these initiatives, but the work on the ground extends far beyond any one network or organization. The Global Alliance is undertaking a systematic review of this work to better understand the initiatives that are facilitating and documenting transitions to sustainable food systems. This research project is called Beacons of Hope: Understanding Transitions to Sustainable Food Systems, and will be launched in 2019.
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