Agroecology in Developing Countries

International People’s Agroecology Multiversity

The International People’s Agroecology Multiversity set up by PAN Asia Pacific serves as a global gateway for information and inspiration, with sections on knowledge, research, learning and community action.

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Agroecology Knowledge Hub

This website explains ten elements of agroecological practices, with case studies and resources. It also contains reports from regional conferences organised by FAO with policymakers.

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Training for change – North Eastern Ethiopia

Practical training that changed the mindset and practices of smallholder farmers in Estena village, South Wollo Zone.

Training for Change - changes in smallholder veg practices in Estena, Ethiopia

Agroecology Case Study 1: Teaching agroecology

Agroecology Case Study 2: Building agroecological understanding

Agroecological alternatives to paraquat for management of pineapple foliage waste, Costa Rica

Kerala, India

PAN India reports on policy and practical initiatives to increase the uptake of agroecology and organic farming in Kerala state (page 16).

Cotton Farming, Africa

The food spray method developed by PAN UK collaborator Dr Robert Mensah with our partners in Africa is based on the agroecological principle of encouraging beneficial ecological interactions. Applying a food supplement onto cotton foliage attracts predatory insects into cotton fields to feed on pests.

Food Spray Manual
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Agroecology in Europe

Developing countries have pioneered much of the work on agroecological practices, but there is now growing interest in Europe and North America. Perhaps the most ambitious initiative is France’s agroecology programme, aiming to implement agroecological methods on 200,000 farms by 2025. The French programme is outlined in Chapter 9 of Replacing Chemicals with Biology: Phasing out HHPs with agroecology, along with case studies from the US.

Exciting field research is underway in the UK too, with pioneering farmers from organic and conventional systems exploring how to: rethink crop rotations; grow different crops; integrate livestock and trees into arable farms; and enhance soil and plant health, while reducing or dispensing completely with agrochemical inputs.

What’s New? British farmers explore low-input farming methods

Interest in more sustainable farming systems based on agroecological principles is stimulating practical field experimentation on a range of topics in arable, horticulture and livestock systems, conducted by farmers and agronomists in the Innovative Farmers network and others. Trials in ‘field labs’ are looking at different ways to manage weeds with little or no recourse to herbicides, partly in response to increasing problems with weeds developing resistance. The latest Agroecology Updates summarise some of the field research and progress.

Research on low input farming methods in the UK

Non-chemical weed management trials in the UK

Download a list of useful resources and web links for UK agroecology

French Agroecology Programme – Update December 2016

UK Agroecology Activities – Update October 2016

French Agroecology Programme – Update September 2016

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