Agroecologically efficient agricultural systems for smallholder farms: contributions to food sovereignty
Fernando Funes-Monzote, Miguel Altieri, Paulo Peterson
agricultural innovation, agricultural research, agrobiodiversity, agroecology, food sovereignty, innovation, production systems, smallholder farmers
Agronomy for Sustainable Development
This paper concludes that, despite positive gains that agroecological movements have had over time, there are factors constraining the diffusion and implementation of these initiatives more fully. Major reforms must be made in policies, institutions, and research development agrends to make sure that agroecological alternatives are massively adopted, made equitably and broadly accessible, and multiplied so that their full benefit for sustainable food security can be realized. This paper also stresses the need for direct invovlement of farmers with scientists in the research and innovation processes to facilitate these changes.