Research and Innovative Working Group

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Laurent CournacIRD
Marcos LanaSLU
Carlo FaddaAlliance CIAT-Bioversity
Fergus SinclairCoalition/CIFOR-ICRAF


  1. To support, in conjunction with the implementation working group of the Coalition, the realisation of the CFS, HLPE (2019) agroecological principle on co-creation and sharing of knowledge, through reconfiguration of agricultural and food research, rural advisory and education systems in countries that have joined the coalition and globally, so that universal agroecological principles can be applied in support of local innovation. This involves doing research differently[1], following a transdisciplinary[2] paradigm with all that this implies, including grounding agroecological science in agroecological practice and social movements, embracing all stakeholders, including farmers and civil society organisations, and their knowledge.
  2. To be a trusted and authoritative curator of knowledge regarding scientific evidence underpinning agroecological transitions (analogous to an IPCC for agroecology). This will involve periodic review of key topics to collate available evidence, make recommendations on the basis of what is known and identify priorities for further research.
  3. To work with the policy working group of the Coalition to bring scientific evidence to bear on policy formulation and implementation related to agroecological transitions. This would represent the science-policy interface of the Coalition.
  4. To track implementation of the CFS policy recommendations on agroecological and other innovative approaches in countries that have joined the coalition and globally.
  5. To develop and share effective methods for implementing transdisciplinary research to generate new knowledge and experience related to agroecological transition. This involves
  6. To develop and endorse co-learning training and educational resources that can be used in schools, colleges, training institutions and universities to develop capacity to transform food systems through agroecology.
  7. To seek resources for, and implement, innovative research to fill knowledge gaps that are identified as constraining agroecological transitions.
  8. To provide a platform for Coalition members to operate agroecological research coherently as a whole rather than as a series of fragmented parts

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