Agroecology is the application of ecology to the design and management of sustainable agroecosystems. It is a whole-systems approach based on local knowledge and local food systems. In late 2015 I translated a case study about an agroecology project in El Salvador supported by SCIAF.
The application of this methodology has seen an increase in soil fertility and the variety of crops grown, particularly important as El Salvador is vulnerable to climate change with extreme weather events becoming more frequent. As well as climate change mitigation, agroecology has given these small-farmers and small-scale producers more control and improved food sovereignty.
For more information about SCIAF’s work in El Salvador see: http://www.sciaf.org.uk/latin-america/el-salvador.html