Welcome to the agroecology finance assessment tool

This is a tool to evaluate projects/initiatives/calls for proposal for their support to agroecological transformations by rating their contribution to the implementation of each of the 13 principles of agroecology.

Accessing the online tool:

Click the “Login” button if you already have an access.

Click the “Request access” button if you do not have one yet or contact the Agroecology Coalition secretariat  at e.frison@agroecology-coalition.org.

There is also an offline manual available in English, French and Spanish that you can download from this page if you are interested in using the methodological framework to guide the design of agroecology projects/initiatives.

How can the tool be used?

  • It can be used to evaluate individual projects/initiatives, or entire portfolios of projects.
  • It can also be used to guide agroecological projects or proposal development by giving examples of actions that contribute to the implementation of each of the 13 principles.
  • lt will be accessible to any institution wishing to use it to assess their own projects / portfolios. Any donor, investor or implementer can upload their investment information.

How does the tool manage the data?

  • .The tool is based on the widely-used open source framework Laravel, a code written specifically for this tool will be made available via a permissive open license on GitHub. Sophisticated security measures are in place to safeguard data integrity.
  • While the tool is open source, no institution-level data will be available outside of the institution that entered the data without explicit and formal consent by the institution itself through an authorized officer.
  • Reports based on aggregate analysis will be published regularly to track investment trends in agroecology.

Who created and developed the tool?

The online tool was developed by Statistics for Sustainable Development (Stats4SD) . The innovative methodological framework used, rooted in an initial proposal by the Centre for Agroecology, Water and Resilience at Coventry University, has been developed by a community of practice on tracking finance flows to agroecology, composed of the following organisations: Agroecology Fund, Asian Farmers' Association for Sustainable Rural Development (AFA), Biodiversity and Biosafety Association of Kenya, Biovision Foundation, Centre for Agroecology, Water and Resilience, CIDSE, Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ), Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribean (ECLAC), European Commission, German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), International Panel of Experts on Sustainable Food Systems (IPES-Food), International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), Statistics for Sustainable Development (Stats4SD), Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC), United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), Volontary Services Organization (VSO).

The framework's development was subsequently spearheaded by the Finance and Investment Working Group of the Agroecology Coalition, uniting a diverse cohort of 20 experts from various organizations and backgrounds, encompassing researchers, donors, and civil society stakeholders.

How can I have more information about the methodology?

More details about the methodology and the way it was developed can be found in this article: Moeller, N.I., M. Geck, C.R. Anderson, C. Barahona, C. Broudic, R. Cluset, G. Henriques, F. Leippert, D. Mills, A. Minhaj, A. Mueting-van Loon, S. Piers de Raveschoot, E. Frison (2023) Measuring agroecology: Introducing a methodological framework and a community of practice approach. In Elementa: Science of the Anthropocene, Vol. 11, Issue 1. https://doi.org/10.1525/elementa.2023.00042

Any questions? Contact the Agroecology Coalition secretariat at secretariat@agroecology-coalition.org

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