This handbook is a methodological tool useful to evaluate the conditions for developing agroecology and the agro-environmental and socio-economic effects of agroecological practices and systems. Mainly planned for development actors, It is also intended to be an easy-to-use tool with a reliable and common methodology for the systematic production of references that are often still lacking today to promote and support the development of agroecology.
The handbook provides methodological guidelines for evaluating agroecology, whether in the context of a one-off evaluation (during, at the end of or outside of an intervention) or in the context of implementing a monitoring and evaluation system for an intervention. It aims to help development actors to evaluate the results and effects of their agro-ecological interventions, by proposing different evaluation criteria associated with indicators and methods presented in the form of charts. In addition, the creation of references on the economic, social and environmental performance of agroecology will help to support arguments in favour of agroecology with donors and decision-makers, while the identification of the conditions for the development of agroecology can be considered in the design of interventions and public policies in favour of agroecology.
This guide is a first methodological document, which will be improved and adjusted based on the lessons learned from the implementation of the proposed tools and methods, within the framework of future evaluation work carried out by the GTAE and its partners.
This methodological handbook is the result of collaboration between teams from :
WHAT IS THE AGROECOLOGICAL TRANSITIONS WORKING GROUP (GTAE)?
Agrisud International, AVSF, CARI and GRET are four French NGOs for which agroecology represents an important part of their professional action in the field of sustainable development. They support family-farming and defend and practice, in different contexts, agroecology for the development of territories at the service of rural populations. They developed practical and proven experiences in various fields with their partners around the world; they are often solicited and involved in the national and international public debate on the agroecological transition.
In January 2016, Agrisud, AVSF, CARI and GRET set up a structured working group on "agro-ecological transitions", the GTAE, to carry out, together with research and on the basis of their own experiences in cooperation with their partners in the South, farmers' organisations and NGOs, work to validate the conditions for successful agroecological transitions of family-farming and to assess the effects and impact of agro-ecology in order to contribute, in fine, to the desired change in scale. From these analysed experiences and their lessons, the group has acquired a singular voice and a strengthened capacity for political dialogue that it wishes to use to reinforce the existing collective advocacy of French FOs on agroecology at the national and international levels.