Transitions to agro-ecological farming systems and farm practices offer prospects for tackling challenges of global significance, in particular climate change, reducing the loss of biodiversity and social justice. Such transitions can contribute towards achieving policy objectives of the European Union, as set out in the EU Strategic Agenda (2019-2024), of a climate-neutral, green, fair and social Europe. They can support the aim of the Common Agricultural policy of ‘social, economic, and environmental approaches on the path towards achieving a sustainable system of agriculture’, Agriculture and Biodiversity; and the Farm to Fork Strategy of ‘designing a fair, healthy and environmentally-friendly food system’. However, to achieve those aims requires policy coherence at an EU level of Climate action, and Biodiversity, and Sustainable Agriculture.
Selected examples follow of evidence from the UNISECO project on the potential of agro-ecological farming systems to contribute towards achieving those objectives.