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Also, the Chain is responsible for at least 90 per cent of agriculture’s fossil fuel consumption and greenhouse gas emissions. Human rights violations that the ETC Group refers to range from using child labour through driving peasants off their land to killing peasants for having saved their seeds.

Adding agroecology

IPES-FOOD concludes that the Peasant Food Web is “the safest option to address the intertwined challenges of identity, livelihoods, health and ecology that food systems are urgently pressed to confront”. However, it emphasises that reorienting food systems towards food sustainability requires more than just focusing policies and investments on peasants. Rather, a paradigm shift towards diversified agricultural systems is needed.

IPES-FOOD proposes agroecology as a viable alternative to industrial agriculture. Based on a holistic approach and system thinking, agroecology combines scientific knowledge with peasant knowledge and experience to conceive holistic agro-ecosystems. While sustainable food systems for an important aspect of agroecology, IPES-FOOD points out that its approach also provides “a foundational vision for an inclusive, just and sustainable society”.

The Spotlight Report is published by the Arab NGO Network for Development (ANND), the Center for Economic and Social Rights (CESR), Development Alternatives with Women for a New Era (DAWN), Global Policy Forum (GPF), Public Services International (PSI), Social Watch, Society for International Development (SID), and Third World Network (TWN), supported by the Friedrich Ebert Stiftung.

 

Mike Gardner, journalist, Bonn/Germany

 

More information:

Website of Spotlight 2030

Download full report “Exploring new policy pathways, Spotlight on Sustainable Development 2018

Rural 21 print issue 02/2018 Agroecology

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