Agro-ecological Knowledge Hub

Farmers and Agri-food system

  • 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

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.

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.

FINAL CONFERENCE

Save the date: VIRTUAL UNISECO final conference 18-19 March 2021

PROJECT NEWS & EVENTS

Czech case study: ex-ante assessment of market and policy instruments selected to address the economic resilience of organic dairy farms
Czech case study: ex-ante assessment of market and policy instruments selected to address the economic resilience of organic dairy farms

Eleven market and policy instruments (MPIs) showing the greatest potential to solve the CS dilemma: how ensuring economic viability of organic dairy farms and thus maintain their beneficial arable land management, and to support proposed transition strategies were selected and assessed via interviews with 10 experts - members of the Czech multi-actor platform (MAP) during autumn 2020; both qualitatively via the multi-criteria analysis (MCA) and qualitatively via homogeneous questionnaire.

Challenges for agroecology development for the building of sustainable agri-food systems
Challenges for agroecology development for the building of sustainable agri-food systems

This is the title of the editorial article in the latest issue Vol 47, No 3 (2020) of the open access Int. Journal of Agriculture and Natural Resources focusing on agroecology. Thanks to the guest editor Prof. András Székács a review article on agroecology initiatives in Hungary - also referencing UNISECO - was published. Read abstracts and download full articles.

6th Hungarian Permaculture, Agroforestry and Traditional Fruit Growing conference, online, 22 January 2021
6th Hungarian Permaculture, Agroforestry and Traditional Fruit Growing conference, online, 22 January 2021

The key theme of the conference is the role of soil in alternative agricultural systems: how can we conserve, regenerate and build this treasure for our common future, how can we conserve, regenerate and build this treasure for our common future. UNISECO staff member, Alfréd Szilágyi will make a presentation about the soil ecosystem services and also facilitate a workshop in the afternoon about possibilities of soil amendments in permaculture systems.

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