Title of document: Agroecology: Key Concepts, Principles and Practices. Main learning points from Training courses on Agroecology in Solo, Indonesia (5-9 June 2013) and Lusaka, Zambia (20-24 April 2015).

Authors: compiled by Third World Network (TWN) and Sociedad Cientifica Latinoamericana de Agroeccologia (SOCLA)

Ministry/Government Agency/Organisation: Third World Network (TWN) and Sociedad Cientifica Latinoamericana de Agroeccologia (SOCLA)

Date: 2015

Geographic focus: Worldwide

Summary: Recognizing the urgent need for capacity building on agroecology, the Third World Network (TWN) organized two training courses to equip key actors with a comprehensive understanding of the principles and concepts of agroecology and to provide evidence of success through illustrative examples. The first was a Southeast Asian Training Course on Agroecology, organized together with Aliansi Petani (API) in Solo, Indonesia from 5-9 June 2013. The second was a Southern and Eastern African Agroecology Knowledge and Skills Sharing, organized with the African Centre for Biodiversity (ACB), in collaboration with the Kasisi Agricultural Training Centre, in Lusaka, Zambia from 20-24 April 2015.

The resource persons were Prf. Miguel Altieri and Dr. Clara Nicholls, from the University of California, Berkeley, USA and the Latin American Scientific Society of Agroecology (SOCLA). Participants at both courses included farmers and farmer’s leaders, representatives of farmer’s organisations and civil society organisations working on agroecology/ecological agriculture, as well as government officials.

This documents is a summary compiled by TWN staff of the main learning points from the lectures given during the training courses, serving as a useful resource booklet on the key concepts, principles and practices of agroecology. Miguel Altieri provided valuable inputs.