Agroecology is a key dimension to SKI’s work as this approach addresses multiple issues as it seeks to enhance ecological integrity; draw on holistic science; support agro-biodiversity; addresses climate change and food sovereignty concerns. SKI works with the three fundamental aspects of agroecology – as a scientific discipline, a practice and a movement.
SKI recognises that partner organisations have numerous approaches to agroecology and farmers are at different stages of agroecological practices. Some partners focus on training and support for only a few agroecological practices, while others set multiple agroecological criteria and support farmers to meet all of them simultaneously. We therefore work with the concept of Agroecological Transition. Given this diversity, SKI has chosen to engage with agroecology at the level of practices while acknowledging that agroecology is usually defined in systemic and holistic terms.