UK Aid does not fund agroecology

Using figures published by the UK Department of International Development (DFID), this study published in the Journal Sustainability finds that despite overwhelming evidence in favour of agroecology as an option for agricultural development, UK development aid barely supports it.  The study shows for the first time that aid for agroecological projects is less than 5% of agricultural aid and less than 0.5% of total UK aid budget since 2010. Since 1 January 2010, no funds at all have been directed at or been committed to projects with the main focus on development or promotion of agroecological practices. Minor funds have been directed at projects which include some activities promoting agroecology at the most basic level of resource efficiency (e.g., conservation agriculture). By largely supporting industrial and Green Revolution agriculture, UK Aid priorities contribute very little to the transition towards social-ecological sustainability in Africa, Asia, and Latin America. You can download the study here