The AgriCultures Network has members all over the world: Brazil, China, India, Kenya,, Peru and Senegal. For over 20 years, we have been producing regional and global magazines on sustainable farming, reaching about half a million readers globally today. In addition, we support documentation, advocacy and learning on family farming and agro-ecology. The ILEIA office in The Netherlands functions as the secretariat of the network.
The world is currently characterised by a multiplicity of crises: economic, environmental, climatic, political and food related. Agriculture is at the center of these crises. The dominant model of agriculture has created a state of disconnect between producers and consumers; between practices and nature; and between global actors and producers.
This model is based on concentration and control by a few powerful global agribusinesses whose main driving force is profit, with little or no concern for sustainability of natural resource use and for people’s right to food and a dignified life, although some of them are showing commitment to principles of corporate responsibility.
The AgriCultures Network promotes agro-ecology, an alternative model which is based on the recognition of small scale family farming as basis for agricultural production in a new global order.
Evidence shows that agro-ecology has multiple benefits, including the production of more food of higher quality; rural employment; sustainable management of natural resources and landscapes; maintenance of biodiversity; greater dignity for people; farmer autonomy; respect for cultural values and better social systems capable of passing these benefits from one generation to the next.
This is why the AgriCultures Network strives to mainstream the values, principles and practices that underlie agro-ecology. The Network facilitates practice-based knowledge sharing at community level as well as among researchers, academia, extensionists and civil society actors. At the same time, the Network builds its capacity to engage with global actors and policy makers to influence their policies and behaviors in favour of sustainable family farming based on participatory, transparent and accountable policy making processes.
As a knowledge broker, the AgriCultures Network connects actors and world views, and strives to build bridges between knowledge and scales. We are proud to be part of a growing inclusive global movement for agro-ecology and sustainable family farming.