Food security, biodiversity and climate resilience are intrinsically intertwined. Even though small scale farmers in the Global South produce the biggest share of food for the world’s population, they suffer disproportionally much from hunger and poverty. In addition, they are generally the most affected by the negative effects of global warming, without big prospects for public help as support for rural areas is often not a political priority. In the face of the depletion of natural resources such as clean water and fertile soils, a growing population and the challenges connected to climate change, we have to quickly transform our food and agricultural systems in order to protect and regenerate our natural resources, reduce poverty and become resilient against weather extremes.
This is why the World Future Council, in partnership with the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and IFOAM – Organics International, highlighted with the 2018 Future Policy Award policies that scale up agroecology.
Furthermore, we have joined forces with the grow platform GmbH to recognise Outstanding Practices in Agroecology in January 2019. Since June 5th, World Environment Day, until 20th July 2018, experts were invited to nominate exemplary agro-ecological approaches that empower small-scale food producers, contribute to transform our current food systems and make them sustainable.