Publication / 11 July 2019

Unlocking Public Finance for Agroecology: Catalysing the potential of agriculture in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals

Food and agricultural systems around the world are currently stuck at a crossroad. On the one hand, they are continuing to contribute a lion’s share to climate change, land degradation and the loss of biodiversity – on the other hand, the movement of people calling for a radical transformation of the way we relate to food and our environment is stronger than ever. An approach that is gaining attention worldwide among a wide range of actors as an answer to this call is agroecology.

Unfortunately, the funding for community-led initiatives or civil society organisations implementing agroecology at the grassroots level still remains insufficient. Given the potential of agroecology in achieving progress on several development objectives, this report is providing further evidence on the multiple benefits that agroecology comprises before presenting a set of recommendations for governments, (inter-)national development agencies and global financial mechanisms of how to actively support agroecology.


The eight case studies presented in this report show the successes behind a diverse range of agroecological practices in spatially and culturally diverse settings. By relating their grassroots work to the rather abstract SDGs, different civil society actors and community-led initiatives show how agroecology can constitute a pathway towards achieving sustainable development.


Cases in this publication: 


Probioma, BoliviaMicrobial biocontrol agents as an agroecological contribution to
food security and sovereignty in Bolivia


Cenesta, IranIncreasing plant genetic diversity in farmers' fields for resilient
communities and food sovereignty in Iran


Keystone Foundation, India:  Mixed gains from cash and subsistence crops. Agroecology of indigenous people in the Indian' Nilgiri Mountains


Rainforest Rescue International, Sri LankaAnalog forestry as an agroeological tool ensuring food security, biodiversity and climate resilience in Sri Lanka 


Institute for Culture and Ecology, KenyaPromoting agroforestry and indigenous seed varieties for healthy agroecosystems and livelihoods in Kenya


Enda Pronat, SenegalFarmer-managed natural regeneration and other agroecological practices to restore soil fertility and improve agricultural production in Senegal 


CAATINGA, BrazilCoexisting with semiarid conditions: Combining agroecological practices to face climate change and desertification in Brazil’s drylands


Southern Roots Organics, UKProductivity and resilience through a cooperative, agroecological, community-supported market garden in the United Kingdom


This publication has also been translated to German in collaboration with INKOTA-Netzwerk e.V.  


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