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Debate about agroecology and sustainable development goals

What is agroecology?

By its nature, the concept of agroecology is multifaceted and entails the three dimensions of science, practice and social movements. Agroecology is also strongly connected with the local context and traditions. All of this makes it difficult to find a unique, universal definition of agroecology. The growing use of the term in the scientific literature and the rising interest of policymakers call for clarity.

Agroecology was identified as one of the strategies to meet the Sustainable Development Goals of the United Nations, it was proposed to be included in the new Common Agricultural Policy of the European Union, and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations organised two symposiums around it.

If the term agroecology is to become part of our daily vocabulary and life, we think it is important to fill the current understanding gap. 

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What does the concept 'agroecology' entail? How can researchers in the field of agroecology contribute to the UN's 17 sustainable development goals? Researchers from the Department of Agroecology have an opinion - what about you? Join the discussion!

Understanding Agroecology - Introduction A group of AGRO’s juniorVIP have produced a video that introduces a discussion of what the concept agroecology actually means.


Agroecology: Zooming in on a definition The concept of agroecology is multifaceted and includes the dimensions of science, practice and social movements, being strongly connected to the local context and traditions. Integration, diversification, resilience and productivity are some of the key elements of agroecology.