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Oliver De Schutter"Experience with agroecological techniques is growing everyday with peasant networks such as La Vía Campesina and the AgriCultures Network"
Olivier de Schutter
UN Special rapporteur on the Right to Food, March 2011

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AgriCultures Network

The AgriCultures Network builds and shares knowledge on small scale family farming and agroecology.

The AgriCultures Network has members all over the world: Brazil, Ethiopia, India, the NetherlandsPeru and Senegal. The ILEIA office in The Netherlands functions as the secretariat of the network.

For 30 years we have been producing regional and global magazines on sustainable farming, reaching about a million readers globally today. In addition, we support the systematisation of practical experiences and do advocacy to promote family farming and agroecology.

Our narrative

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 agroecology, 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 agroecology 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 agroecology and sustainable family farming.

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