Agro-ecological Knowledge Hub

Farmers and Agri-food value chain

  • How can agro-ecological approaches help you to produce healthy food in an economical viable and environmental sustainable way?
  • What can farmers, food producers and retailers locally do to produce healthy food economically viable yet environmentally sustainable manner?
  • What are opportunities for you as a farmer, food producer or retailer to invest and cooperate in developing and using agro-ecological approaches?

NGOs, civic organisations, local community

  • How can agro-ecological approaches address local issues and improve the sustainability of agriculture in your community or area?
  • How can you as NGO, civic organisation, local community representative, local citizen or community group get involved in the implementation of agro-ecological approaches?
  • How can you advance, share your knowledge, identify opportunities, address local issues, co-construct and implement a strategy for local/regional agro-ecological food systems?

Consumers

  • How can agro-ecological approaches address problems of diet-based ill-health and malnutrition?
  • How can agro-ecological approaches contribute to feeding you in a healthy and sustainable manner?

What can UNISECO offer you?
Explore the questions UNISECO is in progress to seek answers for.

Authorities and Administration

  • How effective are innovative strategies and incentives in strengthening the sustainability of farming systems?
  • How can policies at national and regional level promote and support the implementation of the innovative strategies?
  • How can innovative policy incentives be administered in practice?

EC, international bodies, governments

  • What are the socio-economic and policy drivers and barriers for further development and implementation of agro-ecological approaches?
  • What opportunities exist for EU policies to support agro-ecological farming systems?

Science and innovation

  • How research needs from practice and policy embedded in a systemic assessment of the sustainability of agro-ecological farming can advance knowledge sharing and strengthen the implementation of European policies and solving societal challenges?

ABOUT

Welcome to UNISECO

UNISECO is a European research project aiming to develop innovative approaches to enhance the understanding of socio-economic and policy drivers and barriers for further development and implementation of agro-ecological practices in EU farming systems.

ABOUT

CASE STUDIES

There is an increased awareness that agro-ecological farming systems (AEFS) are fundamental for sustainable food production in the future. The key dilemma is how to produce public goods whilst having viable production of private goods, securing economic and social sustainability at a farm level, which is not overly dependent on public funds. The ambition of UNISECO is to address this key dilemma through co-constructing improved, practice-validated strategies and incentives for the promotion of AEFS in participatory case studies in 15 European Countries.

PROJECT NEWS & EVENTS

Governance of agroecological transition and new farming practices
Governance of agroecological transition and new farming practices

A conference and round table "Governance of agroecological transition and new farming practices" was organized in Budapest on 27-28 November 2019. The agenda is available here.

UNISECO leaflets were distributed and the general project poster as well as the HU case study were presented by Alfréd Szilágyi.

UPCOMING: ODT Forum: AGROECOLOGY: Multiple Transitions of territories, Lausanne, 4 - 6 December 2019
UPCOMING: ODT Forum: AGROECOLOGY: Multiple Transitions of territories, Lausanne, 4 - 6 December 2019

Agriculture, territories and food systems are at the heart of sustainability issues. Food systems are affected by a range of transformations related to economic, social and environmental changes. 

UPCOMING: South Africa-Italy workshop, 2-3 December 2019
UPCOMING: South Africa-Italy workshop, 2-3 December 2019

The Italian Embassy in South Africa in collaboration with the South African Agricultural Research Council (ARC) and the Italian Council for Agricultural Research and Analysis of  the Agricultural Economy (CREA) will be hosting a workshop on the social and economic drivers of sustainable local economic development.

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