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Assess your project or policy with the Agroecology Criteria Tool and find out how much transformative Agroecology it entails

The Agroecology Criteria Tool (ACT) methodology is based on the analytical framework by Gliessman on the 5 levels of food system change and is embedded within the 10 Elements of Agroecology by FAO. Each element of the transition includes a list of relevant topics (inclusion criteria), which were based on past work by DeLonge et al.

The methodology analyzes a continuum of a transition rather than a binary analysis and a clear definition.  According to Gliessman's 5 levels, a system is in line with basic agroecological principles if Level 3 has been reached.  Level 4 and 5 are going beyond production and focus on socio-economic aspects such as re-establishing connections between growers and eaters and responsible governance.