What is Agroecology?

Agroecology has established itself in the scientific and political debate as a way to ensure food security, maintain healthy ecosystems and support livelihoods in the context of climate change and declining biodiversity. It can be understood as a scientific discipline, a set of farming practices and a social movement. As such, it extends far beyond farming practices.

There is growing evidence of success in using agroecology as a holistic approach to farming and food systems. In Kenya, projects such as those implemented by the Drylands Natural Resource Centre in Mbumbuni, Makueni County show that this approach can work to increase farm productivity, enhance livelihoods for smallholder farmers and build strong local food systems.

Global Recognition

There is increased recognition in Kenya and around the world on agroecology as a viable solution to the current and future food and nutrition security issues. The UN Special Rapporteur on the Right to Food recommends increased investment and policy shifts in favour of agroecology.

Agroecology is an approach to farming and food systems that reduces the use of dangerous chemicals in food production, protects smallholder farmers and consumers, and builds equitable, sustainable food systems.