The Association has a non-profit and international goal.
The association aims to analyse, design, develop and promote the transition towards agroecology-based farming and food systems.
The overall goal of the Association is to: support agroecological research, education and training; share and disseminate agroecological knowledge; promote agroecology in the farming and food sectors and in society.
The Association intends to place agroecology high on the European agenda of sustainable development of farming and food systems.
It intends to foster interactions between actors in science, practice and social movements, by facilitating knowledge sharing and action.
It aims at the creation of an inclusive European community of professionals, practitioners and citizens engaged in agroecology.
Detailed objectives are to:
- stimulate exchanges and collaborations between scientists, advisers, farmers, food producers, consumers, other stakeholders and citizens in Europe;
- stimulate, coordinate and facilitate research, education and agricultural extension;
- disseminate all aspects related to agroecology and sustainable development of agricultural systems;
- disseminate agroecological initiatives, techniques and practices among interested stakeholders;
- develop international cooperations;
- engage in and facilitate debates to clarify the relationship between agroecology and other approaches such as organic farming, permaculture, biodynamic farming, climate smart agriculture, ecological and sustainable intensification;
- support farmers’ organizations working in agroecology;
- act as a think tank for facing present and future challenges of European agriculture;
- support governmental and non-governmental organizations for improving their capacities in agroecology;
- promote agroecology in society as a whole;
- create a community of professional agroecologists;
- liaise with similar regional, national and international associations and societies;
- foster interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary research approaches in agroecology.