AgriCultures Network - News from our partners
All members publish a quarterly magazine on small-scale sustainable agriculture and agroecology. But we do much more. Below, we update you on our and other activities and programmes.
In an effort to embed agroecology within local and regional realities, three regional meetings on agroecology were organised in 2015: one for Latin America and the Caribbean, one for Africa and one for Asia and the Pacific. The AgriCultures Network has documented the outcomes of the meeting in each region.
The AgriCultures Network is proud to welcome a new member on board: MELCA Ethiopia. The first issue of their new Ethiopian magazine on agroecology was recently published.
February 2016- The second 'Voedsel Anders' (Food Otherwise) conference in Wageningen, the Netherlands, brought together 1000 people working on fair and sustainable food systems.
A new publication offers insights about how to build an international knowledge community on agrobiodiversity, drawing on the experience of the Agricultural Biodiversity Community.
December 2015- TM Radha of AME Foundation in India participated in the ‘Multi-Stakeholder Consultation on Agroecology for Asia and the Pacific’. It was organised by The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) during 24-26 November 2015, in Bangkok, Thailand. Below are some of Radha's reflections.
November 2015: On the 5th and 6th of this month, a unique Africa-wide seminar on agroecology took place in Dakar, Senegal. We are proud to present 7 inspiring agroecological initiatives driven by farmers from across Africa.
October 2015: Around the world, women farmers use agroecology to improve the lives of their families and communities. The December issue of Farming Matters and our regional magazines will highlight women’s capacities and agency in agroecology. Here are are four such stories published earlier.
September 2015: A new multimedia publication explores the meaning and politics of agroecology from social movement perspectives. They are produced by the Centre for Agroecology, Water and Resilience of Coventry University and ILEIA, the Centre for Learning on Sustainable Agriculture.
On August 31 and September 1 2015, representatives from the Senegalese, Indian, Peruvian and Dutch members of the AgriCultures Network visited two farms of a network of 14 rural workers' unions in the state of Paraíba, called 'Polo da Borborema'. AS-PTA, a member of the AgriCultures Network has been working on agroecology in the region since 1993. The international visitors spent one day with women farmers and one day with youth.
July 2015: Like in many other parts of the world, the Netherlands is a country with two realities. On the one hand, for decades policies have been pushing for further industrialisation of agriculture and food. Many farmers find themselves squeezed between the demands of suppliers and supermarkets, and a large number of Dutch farmers have closed business in the past decade. At the same time peasants, citizens and social movements are rising and building agroecological alternatives, creating more autonomy from existing power structures.
July 2015: There is a growing trend of (often) young people without an agricultural background choosing farming as a way of life – this is happening worldwide. Who are they, why are they changing their lives and why are many choosing to farm with principles of agroecology?
June 2015: On 26 June, in the framework of the United Nations International Year of Soils, the Celebrate Soil, Celebrate Life! congress in Amsterdam aimed to raise public awareness of the central importance of living soil. Positively, the call for a paradigm shift was loud. But more concrete solutions could have been offered.
On 26 June 2015, governments, civil society and academics in Latin America and the Caribbean committed to promoting actions and policies across the region to ‘boost agroecology and food sovereignty’ as a way to strengthen family farming and food security.
May 2015: The key ingredient for healthy soils and healthy crops is soil organic matter. But it has been neglected in recent decades. How could we have forgotten about it? And what is needed to bring it back in the fields and on political agendas? Insights from the AgriCultures Network.
April 2015: Social movements and NGOs in Brazil are calling on their government to anchor agroecology firmly in the national policy agenda for the years to come. They propose that agroecology get a central place in the upcoming Pluri-Annual Investment Plan for 2016-2019.