Final report on International Symposium on Agroecology

FAO hosted a two-day International Symposium on Agroecology for Food Security and Nutrition in September 2014 and has now published a final report.

At the symposium experts and advocates debated Agroecology, an emerging set of practices that seek to apply ecological concepts and principles to the design and management of sustainable food systems.

Agroecology is increasingly becoming part of the debates of intergovernmental bodies and its approaches are repeatedly mentioned by the Committee on World Food Security.

The symposium culminated in a high-level round table which discussed recent experiences and experiments in the field with agriculture ministers from several countries. EU Agriculture Commissioner Ciolos said: “The EC is committed to Agroecology and will ensure Agroecology is central to agricultural policies that reflect all dimensions of sustainability.” Ciolos suggested that an organization like FAO should lead a global process in Agroecology.