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Solution Search: New report on community-based farming solutions to protect biodiversity

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During the UN-led Convention on Biological Diversity - Conference of the Parties (CBD COP), Solution Search: Farming for Bioversity presented a report on 338 community-based solutions that help farmers and other farmers adopt environmentally friendly practices to protect biodiversity. Using the catalogued solutions, the global competition held in 2017 and run in joint partnership by Rare and IFOAM-Organics International, plans to identify, present and reward promising solutions for sustainable small-scale agriculture.

Within the contest, solutions were submitted from over 75 countries across 6 continents. 85% came from developing countries where biodiversity hotspots, high levels of poverty, food insecurity and climate impacts come together. A quarter of successful solutions specifically target youth, a third focus on the empowerment of women.

Five steps to success and recommendations

The solutions not only showcase biodiversity-farming approaches that work on the ground, but also identify the success factors the solutions have in common, allowing for replication, as well as the design of global policy frameworks needed to stop rapid biodiversity loss. Thus, the report identifies “steps to success” that are common across the 338 solutions and correspond with the current CBD Strategic Goals.

The steps include:

  • Transforming attitudes towards nature by boosting social awareness and behavior change
  • Tailoring initiatives to ecological and economic contexts
  • Identifying and strengthening local champions of biodiversity
  • Setting incentives and economic returns to create win/wins
  • Creating spaces and support for bottom-up community engagement

Besides these steps, the report identifies recommendations to funding partners, policy makers, researchers and program planners focused on removing barriers to community engagement in sustainable farming solutions as well as providing enabling governance framework and funding structures.

Gabor Figeczky, Head of Global Policy at IFOAM - Organics International commented the report: “Smallholder farmers are nourishing communities the world over. This report shows how the innovative solutions they apply are also safeguarding biodiversity for generations to come and provides guidance on how policy frameworks can support their replication.”


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