Agroecology is the sustainable alternative to industrial monoculture farming systems. It is adapted to local conditions, is inexpensive, works in harmony with nature, and preserves biodiversity. Food produced using agroecology is free of artificial chemicals and GMOs, is healthy, and has balanced nutrients. It can feed the world.
However, it is more than this. It is also a thriving social movement, that ensures that farmers are in full control of all aspects of food production. It builds on traditional agricultural practices using research, technology and existing indigenous knowledge. In essence, agroecology is about justice - justice for the earth and justice for her people.
To secure the Right to Food (and therefore food and seed sovereignty) in South Africa, an agroecology policy and strategy must be a priority. The main objective of this policy should be to replace the current dominant industrial agriculture system with agro‐ecology. The implementation strategy should:
- Ensure all small-holder farmers applying agroecological principles have access to land and water for production.
- Make viable and accessible local markets and processing available for small‐holder farmers.
- Incorporate Indigenous Knowledge Systems and agricultural practices as the foundation on which to increase and safeguard agricultural and biological diversity, especially farmer varieties of seeds and indigenous livestock.
- Build in-depth knowledge and awareness of agroecology across all sectors.
- Secure food sovereignty and the Right to Food (and adequate nutrition) by taking into account local food cultures.
- Value small-holder agroecological farming as a safe and fair livelihood.
- Ensure government agriculture and development policies and programmes support a transition to agroecological production.
Please click here to download our Fact Sheet: Agroecology for more information about how agroecology promotes food sovereignty – the right of peoples to access and control the resources they need to be able to make their own choices about the kind of food they eat, produce and buy.
Also click here to download our Research Paper Agroecology: Environmental, social and economic justice.
|01 Oct 2012||Policy Brief: Securing Farmers' Rights and Seed Sovereignty in South Africa [PDF]|