Traditional knowledge and skills of communities on how to use the planet resource sustainably will be at the forefront of discussions in a regional meeting held in Dakar, Senegal this week.

Organised by the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) regional office of Africa, the meeting aims to promote dialogue on science and implementation of experience of Agroecology.

Representing the World Forum of Fisher People (WFFP) Naseegh Jaffer together with Afrika Kontact’s Astrid Alexandrasit will present on Agroecology and Climate change in the context of small-scale fishers.

“Like agro-ecology, small-scale fishing practices are a political project aimed at transforming structures of power in society for the benefit of the people, the environment and climate,” Jaffer and Alexandrasit wrote in their presentation.

The regional meeting will take place on the 5 and 6 November and will be attended by the Foreign Minister of Senegal, representatives from the African Union, FAO, agricultural organisations, researchers and academics.

Agroecology has been described as follows:

“It is the study of ecological processes that operate in agricultural production systems. The prefix agro- refers to agriculture. Bringing ecological principles to bear in agroecosystems can suggest novel management approaches that would not otherwise be considered.

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