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“Scaling-Up Agro-Ecological Food Production” brought together science and theology to reflect on how sustainable, smallholder-based, agro-ecological methods of food production can be scaled-up sufficiently to feed the world. This discussion attempted to contribute to the outcome of UNCSD/Rio+20 by:

(1) sharing information on the different farming systems that are encompassed in agro-ecological food production and the demonstrable benefits of these methods;

(2) stimulating discussions about how agro-ecological food production could reduce pollution while rebuilding the fertility of the soil and safeguarding the biodiversity of the planet;

(3) profiling the extent to which these methods can reduce food waste and post harvest losses from the producer to the consumer and ensure the most efficient use of natural resources;

(4) showcasing the extent to which agro-ecological food production can be an effective climate change adaption and mitigation strategy;

(5) demonstrating how these food production methods could assist in reducing global poverty and ensuring the right to food and nutritional security by supporting livelihoods;

(6) advocating for the support of the small holder food producers, whose production capacity is the foundation of food security in much of the developing 

world, but whose interests are often ignored in relevant policy formulation and/or implementation; and

(7) highlighting what is required for scaling up the use of these methods and encourage policy makers and public commitment to investing in agro-ecological food production with the necessary finance, research and capacity building.


  • Ecumenical Advocacy Alliance


  • Bishop Theotonius Gomes CSC, President of Caritas Bangladesh.
  • Bishop Mauricio Jose Araujo de Andrade, Primate of the Anglican Episcopal Church of Brazil.
  • Hans Rudolf Herren, President of the Washington-based Millennium Institute and co-founder, President of the Swiss foundation Biovision, co-chair of the International Assessment of Agricultural Knowledge, Science and Technology for the Development (IAASTD) until 2008 and winner of the World Food Prize in 1995.
  • Wilfred Miga, Participatory Ecological Land Use Management (PELUM)
  • Miguel A. Altieri, President of Latin American Scientific Society of Agroecology (SOCLA)


  • Wilfred Miga – Scaling up agroecology for food production: Farmer to farmer experiences (EN)

  • Hans Herren - Scaling-Up Agro-Ecological Food Production: What needs to be done and by whom?  IAASTD: From Johannesburg to Rio+20 (EN)

  • Miguel Altieri - Scaling up agroecology: spreading the hope for food sovereignty and resiliency (EN)

  • EAA discussion paper – Nourishing the World Sustainably: Scaling Up Agro-Ecology (EN)

  • EAA theological reflection on AE – In the Beginning: A theological reflection on agro-ecological farming (EN)

  • EAA minutes taken during event (EN)

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