Faced with the combined climate, food security and biodiversity crises, there is a growing interest in agroecology. Until today, however, we could not easily track the volume and quality of these funds globally and were left with the question: how much money is actually invested in agroecology?

At a crucial junction for international discussions around how to make our food systems truly sustainable, during the Committee on World Food Security (October) and ahead of the UN Climate Change Conference COP28 in Dubai (December), a new tool has just been launched today. The tool had previously been presented at the Agroecology Donors Convening in Rome on 21st October, gathering governments, donors and investors.

Launch of Agroecology finance assessment tool on 25 October at CFS in Rome.

The new Agroecology finance assessment tool, aiming at improving the tracking and assessment of funding streams for agroecology, is founded on an innovative methodological framework. It was developed by a community of practice on tracking finance flows to agroecology composed of experts[1] coming from different organizations and backgrounds, including researchers, donors and civil society actors. Based on this methodological framework, the online tool was developed by Statistics for Sustainable Development (Stats4SD).

The framework aims to assess to what extent projects or initiatives contribute towards the agroecological transformation of food systems, based on the 13 principles of agroecology. Reports based on aggregate analysis will be published regularly to track investment trends in agroecology and, therefore, provide a clearer picture of the current funding environment in relation to food systems transformation through agroecology.

A manual accessible to everyone, complements the tool and describes the framework as a guide for the design of agroecological projects or calls for proposals by giving concrete examples of actions that contribute to implementing each of the 13 principles. Going forward, the Agroecology Coalition will work with donors and investors to ensure widespread use of the tool and periodic updates on funding trends for agroecology. The expectation is to observe a rising trend in investment – if the world is truly serious about a climate-friendly food system.

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Media contact:

Valentina Pavarotti, Agroecology Coalition Communications Officer, v.pavarotti@agroecology-coalition.org

[1] African Biodiversity Network, Agroecology Fund, Asian Farmers’ Association for Sustainable Rural Development (AFA), Biovision Foundation, Centre for Agroecology, Water and Resilience, Coopération Internationale pour le Développement et la Solidarité (CIDSE), Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ), Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (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).

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