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HANDBOOK FOR THE EVALUATION OF AGROECOLOGY

Subtitle: A method to evaluate its effects and the conditions for its development
Publication type:
Guide
Author:
Developed Laurent Levard (Gret), Bertrand Mathieu (AVSF) et Premila Masse (Gret), et constitué également de Sylvain Berton (Agrisud International), Eric Blanchart (IRD), Patrice Burger (Cari), Alain Brauman (IRD), Jean-Baptiste Cheneval (Cari), Tiphaine Chevallier (IRD), Jean-Luc Chotte (IRD), Cathy Clermont Dauphin (IRD), Lydie Lardy (IRD), Hubert Cochet (AgroParisTech), Stefano Mason (AVSF), Dominique Masse (IRD), Manuelle Miller (AVSF), Katia Roesch (AVSF), Hervé Petit (AVSF), Mathilde Sester (Cirad), Eric Scopel (Cirad) et Dominique Violas (Gret).
Publication year: 2019
Countries : Monde
Language(s) : Anglais
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Presentation of the document

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 systematized production of references that are still often lacking today to promote and support the development of agroecology.

The handbook provides methodological guidelines for the evaluation of agroecology, whether in the context of a one-off evaluation (ongoing, at the end of or outside of an intervention) or in the context of the implementation of a monitoring-evaluation system for an intervention. It aims to help development actors 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 sheets. In addition, the creation of references on the economic, social and environmental performance of agroecology will help to support arguments in favor 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 favor 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 :

  • The Agroecological Transitions Working Group (GTAE), made up of Agrisud International, Agronomes et Vétérinaires Sans Frontières (AVSF), Cari and GRET,
  • the UFR Comparative Agriculture and Agricultural Development of AgroParisTech,
  • the Agroecology and Sustainable Intensification of Annual Crops research unit (AÏDA) of CIRAD,
  • the Functional Ecology and Biogeochemistry of Soils and Agro-Systems (Eco&Sols) joint research unit of the IRD.

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