Announcement: KNOWLYMPICS 2022

Published: November 15, 2021

Dear colleagues in our Partner Organisations,

It’s this time of the year again! We are announcing the next round of our KNOWLYMPICS with a special interest focus.

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If you have a positive experience (learning from good practice) or negative experiences (learning from failure) related to Agroecology as an Approach to Raise the Adaptive Capacity and Adapt Food Systems to (and/or Mitigate) Climate Change –this year’s KNOWLYMPICS is for you!  

This can, for example, include experiences:

  • with methods like organic farming, farm/crop diversification, agroforestryorganic nutrient sources and pest management etc. and their impacts on crop yields, pest control, water regulationsoil fertilitybiodiversity, resilience of food system to changing and extreme weather conditions (temperature, precipitation, wind, …), etc. 
  • in co-creation and sharing of knowledge as well as strengthening farmers organizations, supporting farmers’ capacity to adapt to changing climate conditions
  • in integrating local knowledge through participatory and educational approaches adapting agroecological practices and technologies to local contexts and building on traditional/ Indigenous knowledges and experience 
  • in the use of renewable energy or energy efficient technologies for example for irrigation, preparation of food for animals, etc.  
  • related to collaboration within groups/networks to foster peer learning about agroecology or engaging in policy dialogue or advocacy work related to the promotion of agroecological farming and/or removing obstacles for smallholders practicing agroecology.
  • that include a gender and inclusive approach engaging men, women, boys and girls, youth and groups, who have been marginalised within agroecology projects. 
  • and many more …

Not only will you have the chance to win a PRIZE for your organisation but:

“…those who share always win something – because sharing benefits us all” Caritas Kaolack, Senegal

As usual, we will be drawing winner organisations among all submissions that will receive prizes between 500 and 1000 Euros. Prizes can be used for Knowledge Management purposes according to the needs of the winning organisations. This can be an exchange visit to another organisation, training for your staff, equipment for the office or any other material prize that can be used in the organisation’s daily or project based work.

Remember that all participants win, as every experience will be published on the KNOW-HOW3000 platform and shared within our knowledge network.

“Congratulations for this good initiative, which allows us to share and learn from experiences a partner has made somewhere in the world.” Gilbert Sene, Senegal

Why Agroecology in Times of Climate Change?

The climate crisis is evident and industrial food systems all over the planet play a key role in green house gas emissions and biodiversity loss. On the other hand, smallholders around the globe not only feed our world but are amongst the most vulnerable to the climate crisis.   

Agroecology has become the main development approach we promote together with our local partners to help smallholder farmers to adapt in a context-oriented way to an increased climate variability. Women in many parts of the world have been leading the way in agroecology, which can create better opportunities on multiple levels. 

Agroecology refers to the application of ecological principles to agriculture and according to CIDSE is among others “a set of principles and practices that enhances the resilience and sustainability of food and farming systems while preserving social integrity” (CIDSE 2018: The principles of agroecology, p.4.).

There is substantial evidence for the contribution of agroecological practices and systems (e.g., farm diversification, agroforestry and organic agriculture) to climate change adaptation as well as for enhanced carbon sequestration in soil and biomass. Furthermore, farmer co-creation, sharing and engaging with local knowledge through participatory approaches are effective in adapting technologies to local contexts and thereby delivering improved climate change adaptation and mitigation.  

A recent study by FAO2, revealed the strong correlation between the concept of resilience and agroecology, highlighting three cornerstone aspects of agroecology’s resilience-enhancing potential: diversity of species, landscapes, practice and economic income, fostering healthy and fertile soils and blend traditional with scientific knowledge.   

CSOs/CBOs like our partner organizations play a major role in the promotion and hands on experimenting, adaptation and implementation of participatory and gender sensitive, agroecological principles and practices within food systems. This is why we are convinced that there is much to learn from each other within our global partner community and want to step in that pool of experiences. 

Find here some info about the concept of agroecology:

  1. 10 Elements of Agroecology (FAO 2018)
  2. Agroecological Approaches for Food Sovereignity (Society for International Development)
  3. Agroecological Approaches to Enhance Resilience (Clara Ines Nicholls and Miguel A. Altieri)
  4. Agroecological Revolution in Latin America (Miguel A. Altieri and Victor Manuel Toledo 2011)
  5. Agroecology, Scaling and Interdisciplinarity (Tommy Dalgaard, Nicholas J. Hutchings, John R. Porter 2003)
  6. Agroecology, Small Farms and Food Sovereignty (Miguel A. Altieri 2009)

How to participate?

In order to participate, fill out one of the following questionnaires…

…and send it to Martina Luger and Petra Herout: and

When selecting your experience, please consider the following criteria:

  • You are a current project partner (either Technical Assistance or financing project) of HORIZONT3000 or our Member Organisations.
  • The experience must refer to a practice, method, strategy or approach your organisation has applied in its projects and programmes: Check out the partner experiences that have already been shared related to agroecology:
    – Limitations of Implementation of Organic Production Process: click here
    – Improving Agricultural Input Distribution: click here
    – Training in Agroecological Market Gardening: click here
    – Fight for Ban on Pesticides: click here
    For further inspiration, please watch the following videos from our partner projects (in Spanish):
    – Guatemala: Agroecology Diploma Course – watch here
    – FUNDESYRAM: Multiplication of Agroecology – watch here
    – Central America: Sustainable Food Production – watch here
    – El Salvador: The Diversification of Agriculture – watch here
  • The experience must be considered potentially relevant for other organisations in our knowledge network. The most important thing is the possibility to learn from it! Negative experiences & failures can be part of successful project work and teach us a lot! Therefore, we especially encourage the submission of relevant negative experiences.

Submission Deadline: February 28, 2022

All questionnaires that are presented in a comprehensive and understandable way and submitted by the deadline will be considered.

We are sure you have many stories and experiences with agroecology worth sharing that others can learn from. This is why we are very much looking forward to receiving your submissions!

Additional Info

You are probably already familiar with the KNOWLYMPICS. A quick reminder, however, won’t do any harm: In our KNOW-HOW3000 Knowledge Management Programme we have developed an Experience Capitalization Process in order to promote learning and sharing processes among our partners. For this purpose we produce one-page presentations (“Good Practices” and “Learnings from Failure” at a Glance) as well as detailed descriptions (“Good Practices” and “Learnings from Failure” in Detail) based on the experiences and the knowledge provided by partner organisations, and share them on our knowledge platform.

Sarah Fichtinger

Sarah Fichtinger

Sarah is part of the Knowledge Management Team in Vienna and in charge of the KNOW-HOW3000 platform. She is eager to provide all the tools the KNOW-HOW3000 community hopes to find on the internet platform. So if you have any requests, questions, recommendations or comments regarding the platform, please get in touch with her. She is always happy to hear from you.

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