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Agroecology in Policy and Practice

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In the past years, there has been steady growth in work relating to agroecology. People-centred, knowledge-intensive and rooted to sustainability, it is now well established that agroecology matches the transformative approach called for by the 2030 Agenda; a transition to sustainable food and agriculture systems that ensures food security and nutrition for all, provides social and economic equity, and conserves biodiversity and the ecosystem services on which agriculture depends. Although not a new concept, agroecology is today gaining interest worldwide among a wide range of actors as an effective answer to climate change and the interrelated challenges facing food systems, finding expression in the practices of food producers, in grassroots social processes for sustainability and the public policies of many countries around the world.

The aim of this Research Topic is to gather contributions from scientists and practitioners working in diverse disciplines who have common interests in agroecology policy and practice examples contributing to the protection of the life and livelihoods of small-scale food producers and empowering them, nurturing sustainable food production systems, promoting resilient agricultural practices that help maintain ecosystems, strengthen capacity for adaptation to climate change and progressively improve land and soil quality. Types of articles can be Original Research, Reviews, Practice & Policy Reviews, Policy Briefs, Methods or Perspectives. An overarching goal is to demonstrate the breadth of agroecology policy and practice, and foster understanding between different scientific communities who may not always be aware of one another’s work. Especially articles about policy and practice examples should inform about the opportunities and challenges of agroecology as well as entail a set of recommendations for a range of stakeholders (policymakers, academia, NGOs, international organizations, etc.) on what has to be done, in order to scale up agroecology in that particular context.

Suggested Topics:
- Agroecology Policy Examples (the focus is on public policies)
- Agroecology Practice Examples (the focus is on NGOs, companies, projects/initiatives implemented by NGO, academia, state, community group, or in partnership)
- Methodologies to identify and evaluate agroecology policy and/or practice examples


Keywords: Agroecology, Policy, World Future Council, Food Systems, Sustainability


Important Note: All contributions to this Research Topic must be within the scope of the section and journal to which they are submitted, as defined in their mission statements. Frontiers reserves the right to guide an out-of-scope manuscript to a more suitable section or journal at any stage of peer review.

In the past years, there has been steady growth in work relating to agroecology. People-centred, knowledge-intensive and rooted to sustainability, it is now well established that agroecology matches the transformative approach called for by the 2030 Agenda; a transition to sustainable food and agriculture systems that ensures food security and nutrition for all, provides social and economic equity, and conserves biodiversity and the ecosystem services on which agriculture depends. Although not a new concept, agroecology is today gaining interest worldwide among a wide range of actors as an effective answer to climate change and the interrelated challenges facing food systems, finding expression in the practices of food producers, in grassroots social processes for sustainability and the public policies of many countries around the world.

The aim of this Research Topic is to gather contributions from scientists and practitioners working in diverse disciplines who have common interests in agroecology policy and practice examples contributing to the protection of the life and livelihoods of small-scale food producers and empowering them, nurturing sustainable food production systems, promoting resilient agricultural practices that help maintain ecosystems, strengthen capacity for adaptation to climate change and progressively improve land and soil quality. Types of articles can be Original Research, Reviews, Practice & Policy Reviews, Policy Briefs, Methods or Perspectives. An overarching goal is to demonstrate the breadth of agroecology policy and practice, and foster understanding between different scientific communities who may not always be aware of one another’s work. Especially articles about policy and practice examples should inform about the opportunities and challenges of agroecology as well as entail a set of recommendations for a range of stakeholders (policymakers, academia, NGOs, international organizations, etc.) on what has to be done, in order to scale up agroecology in that particular context.

Suggested Topics:
- Agroecology Policy Examples (the focus is on public policies)
- Agroecology Practice Examples (the focus is on NGOs, companies, projects/initiatives implemented by NGO, academia, state, community group, or in partnership)
- Methodologies to identify and evaluate agroecology policy and/or practice examples


Keywords: Agroecology, Policy, World Future Council, Food Systems, Sustainability


Important Note: All contributions to this Research Topic must be within the scope of the section and journal to which they are submitted, as defined in their mission statements. Frontiers reserves the right to guide an out-of-scope manuscript to a more suitable section or journal at any stage of peer review.

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