Factsheet: Finance for Agroecology
Despite the many advantages of agroecology compared to large-scale, industrial agriculture, only a fraction of global agriculture budgets goes to agroecological initiatives. The lion's share of the agricultural budgets of the EU, the Green Climate Fund (GCF) and in Dutch development assistance, for example, still goes to conventional agriculture. We give some recommendations to these funders on how to accelerate the shift of food systems towards agroecology.
Sources for the data on this factsheet:
- GCF and EU: Moeller, N.I. (2020) Analysis of Funding Flows to Agroecology: the case of European Union monetary flows to the United Nations' Rome-based agencies and the case of the Green Climate Fund. CIDSE & CAWR.
- IFAD: IFAD (2021) Stock-take report on agroecology in IFAD operations: an integrated approach to sustainable food systems. Rome: IFAD.
- Netherlands: Achterberg, A., Quiroz, D. (2020, December) Development aid funds for agroecology. Support for agroecology of Dutch ODA spending. Amsterdam, The Netherlands: Profundo.
- Switzerland: Biovision Foundation for Ecological Development & PES-Food (2020). Money Flows: What is holding back investment in agroecological research for Africa? Biovision Foundation for Ecological Development & International Panel of Experts on Sustainable Food Systems.
This factsheet was put together by Nikita Engineer, commissioned by Both ENDS.
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