This stream of work focuses on how a transformative agroecology can be resourced. It looks critically at the role of public and philanthropic donors in enabling agroecology transitions and is being carried out in close cooperation with CIDSE.

     

We are investigating both the quantity of funding going to agroecology, as well as the quality of the delivery of the funding when it actually is allocated to agroecology.

We are also engaged with a wider body of thinking, research and action – some of which is represented in the growing number of studies that are examining the issue of ‘financing for agroecology’ (see list here).

Outcomes

Presentation at a high profile workshop at COP26 in Glasgow on the role of the Global Climate Fund to encourage bottom-up transformation of societies and food systems by enhancing agroecology (watch video recording of Nina Moeller’s presentation)

Shifting Funding to Agroecology for People, Climate and Nature (2021) ActionAid policy brief in collaboration with Agroecology and Livelihoods Collaborative and Cultivate!

Making Money Move for Agroecology Policy Brief  (2021) CAWR & CIDSE Policy Brief.

Making Money Move for Agroecology (Animation, 2021, in EnglishFrench and Spanish)

Moeller, N.I. and F. Delvaux. (2020) Finance for Agroecology: More Than Just a Dream? Common Dreams.

Moeller, N.I. (2020) Analysis of Funding Flows to Agroecology: the case of European Union monetary flows to the United Nations’ Rome-based agencies and the case of the Green Climate Fund. CIDSE & CAWR.

Pimbert, M.P.; Moeller, N.I. (2018) Absent Agroecology Aid: On UK Agricultural Development Assistance Since 2010.Sustainability, 10, 505.

Slides from “Making Money Move workshop” (April 19, 2021):

Research report that informs the research brief “Making Money Move for Agroecology” (with CIDSE) is forthcoming. Contact Colin Anderson for more information.

Infographic from CIDSE Policy Brief based on work by Nina Moeller at CAWR.

The work

There is now a clear consensus on the need to profoundly transform our food systems in order to cope with multiple crises. Yet accelerating what we have been doing so far (or improving the efficiency of the current system) is not enough. Agroecology is a transformative paradigm that places social justice and sustainability at the centre. It is increasingly recognised and coming into its own on the global scene. Donors – large and small – are considering where to apply their resources to address the social and ecological crises of the times.

It is perhaps obvious to state that the current financial architecture for ‘agricultural development’ has not been designed and equipped to support agroecology, let alone to support the transitions required to enable a viable agroecology. Recent studies have begun to reveal how little money is allocated to agroecology, and how private and public donors are largely propping up industrial agriculture. Further, there has been little work that examines the conditions under which finance can (better) work for Agroecology.

This work at AgroecologyNow continues to be carried out with different partners and includes primary research, public engagement, policy-work and aims to support the transformation of financing approaches, programs, and methodologies in order to support bottom-up agroecology transformations.

The Agroecologynow Team:

Nina Moeller

Colin Anderson

Michel Pimbert

with François Delvaux and Vincent Dauby from CIDSE

and Faris Ahmed, independent

Partners and collaborators

CIDSE

Video discussion  of panel on Shifting European Finance Towards Food System Transformation