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Sustainability 2018, 10(2), 505; https://doi.org/10.3390/su10020505

Absent Agroecology Aid: On UK Agricultural Development Assistance Since 2010

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The Centre for Agroecology, Water and Resilience, Coventry University, Ryton Gardens, Wolston Lane, Coventry CV8 3LG, UK
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Marie Curie Research Fellow, School of Environment, Education and Development, University of Manchester, Oxford Road, Manchester M13 9PL, UK
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Received: 29 December 2017 / Revised: 1 February 2018 / Accepted: 9 February 2018 / Published: 13 February 2018
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Using figures published by the UK Department of International Development (DFID), this study finds that despite overwhelming evidence in favour of agroecology as a mode of agricultural development able to address crucial aspects of the interrelated crises facing human societies, UK development aid barely supports agroecology. Based on the most generous interpretation, this 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. View Full-Text
Keywords: development aid priorities; agroecology; food and agricultural policy; Green Revolution agriculture; sustainable development goals (SDGs) development aid priorities; agroecology; food and agricultural policy; Green Revolution agriculture; sustainable development goals (SDGs)
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Pimbert, M.P.; Moeller, N.I. Absent Agroecology Aid: On UK Agricultural Development Assistance Since 2010. Sustainability 2018, 10, 505.

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