Agroecology-TRANSECT’s ambition is to grow our understanding of a wide range of agroecological farming practices so that we can increase their uptake by European farmers.

TRANSECT stands for Trans-disciplinary approaches for Systemic economic, Ecological and Climate change Transitions. We’re working alongside 11 Innovation Hubs – up and running on-farm trials – in 10 countries, exploring their work and learnings, successes and failures, in order to accelerate change by demonstrating real world solutions to real world issues in farming. The variety of practices and farm types involved in the project gives a sense of the depth and breadth of our ambition.

Ultimately, the project is aligned with EU policies, especially the Common Agricultural Policy, Green Deal and Farm to Fork strategy.

What do we mean by ‘agroecology’?

We have based our definition of the term ‘agroecology’ on frameworks created by previous projects such as the Food and Agriculture Organization’s 10 Elements of Agroecology, the 13 principles of agroecology developed by the High Level Panel of Experts on Food Security and Nutrition and Gliessman’s five levels of agroecology

How is the project structured?

The project is divided into seven ‘work packages’ (WPs), aiming at:

  • Conceptualising agroecology for climate change mitigation, resilient agriculture and enhanced biodiversity in the European context (WP2)
  • Unfolding the local potential of agroecology in the European context through science-society arrangements (WP3 & 4)
  • Scaling out and scaling up solutions through market and policy support (WP5 & 6)
  • Promoting knowledge sharing across stakeholders and communicating results for impact (WP7)

Our Goals

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    Learning about farming practices that work alongside nature

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    Developing a deeper understanding of how climate change will affect food production globally

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    Ensuring farming works for the benefit of people, animals and the environment

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    Delivering robust, data-driven, reliable research that farmers can trust

Meet our partners

We are working in partnership with 19 academic, research and industry bodies from 12 countries. 

Project Partners

Over 4 years, 11 diverse initiatives provide robust evidence to help grow agroecology across Europe and beyond

What our partners say

Scientists around the world are now unanimous, human activity is impacting our climate (CRA-W)

What our partners say

Releasing the full potential of agroecology … by strengthening the knowledge base for farmers, advisors and decision makers (STEP)

What our partners say

We’re building the evidence to support a transition to agroecological farming practices in the EU and beyond (Soil Association)