Title of document: Agroecology in times of COVID-19

Authors/editor: Miguel A Altieri and Clara Ines Nicholls

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Ministry/Government Agency/Organisation: University of California, Berkeley and Centro Latinoamericano de Investigaciones Agroecológicas (CELIA)

Year of publication: 2020

Geographic focus: Global level

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Web address to original document (if any): http://celia.agroeco.org/


Most of our global problems: energy shortages, water scarcity, environmental degradation, climate change, economic inequality, food insecurity and others cannot be addressed in isolation, as these problems are interconnected and interdependent. When one of the problems is aggravated, the effects spread throughout the system, exacerbating the other problems.  Like never before, the systemic nature of our world has been revealed to us by the coronavirus pandemic:  human, animal and ecological health are closely linked. Is this one of the lessons that COVID -19 is here to teach us?  Regardless, the pandemic is undoubtedly a wakeup call to humanity to rethink our capitalist, highly consuming mode of development and the ways we relate to nature.  The times we live, demand a holistic response to the crisis, one that addresses the root causes behind the now obvious socioecological vulnerability and fragility of our globalized world…