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Workshop
18:00 - 19:30 GMT
Thursday, 7 January

Financing Agroecology: From Tweaking to Transformation…!

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18:00 - 19:30 GMT
Thursday, 7 January

Financing Agroecology: From Tweaking to Transformation…!

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This interactive session is aimed at anyone interested in strengthening agroecology, especially farmers, activists, donors/funders, researchers and policy makers.

Agroecology promotes radical transformation of food and agriculture based on ecological principles, guided by visions of justice and led by farmers and citizens. It is increasingly embraced as a response to converging socio-ecological crises. However, almost all funding continues to flow to projects that undermine agroecology and strengthens the global, industrial farming system, despite widespread agreement that it is an engine of pollution, climate change and zoonotic spillover.

Existing ways of financing projects and organisations are not suited to support radical agroecological change on the ground. In this interactive session, we will discuss what shifts can be made in private, philanthropic and public financing to effectively realise the transformative potential of agroecology.

Research will be presented, which:

  • reveals the minuscule amounts targeted at agroecology in development assistance, climate funding, etc., and how projects tagged as ‘sustainable’ largely focus on ‘tweaks’ to sustain the industrial farming paradigm, rather than regenerate the human habitat;
  • lays out the approaches, conditions, challenges and recommendations of how to finance transformative agroecology;
  • will spark discussion and lead to collective action points

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