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. ‘We see Agroecology as a key form of resistance to an economic system that puts profit before life. […]
Our diverse forms of smallholder food production based on Agroecology generate local knowledge, promote social justice, nurture identity and culture, and strengthen the economic viability of rural areas.‘ – Declaration of the International Forum for Agroecology, 2015 A movement is growing. While agroecology has been practiced for millennia in places around the world, today we are witnessing how social movements are calling for agroecology as the pathway towards a more just, sustainable and viable food and agriculture system.
They claim agroecology as a bottom up movement and practice that needs to be supported, rather than led, by science and policy. From this perspective, agroecology is inseparable from food sovereignty: the right of citizens to control food policy and practice. “There is no food sovereignty without agroecology.
And certainly, agroecology will not last without a food sovereignty policy that backs it up.” – Ibrahima Coulibaly, CNOP (National Coordination of Peasant Organisations in Mali) A new publication and video present this vision in more depth and explore agroecology through the perspectives of food producers involved in the food sovereignty movement.
Agroecologia e os Objetivos do Desenvolvimento Sustentável
AGRICULTURAS | December 2016 | Published by AS.PTA
This special issue of reproduces summaries of studies carried out in Latin American countries on the contribution of the peasant family on Agroecology to the realization of the multifunctional potentials of peasant family agriculture.
AGRICULTURAS | Augustus 2016 | Published by AS.PTA
This edition of Agricultures Magazine covers agroecological strategies aimed at enhancing the Pancs as a way to guarantee the human right to food (HRFN).
These strategies frontally oppose the commodification of food and biotecnocráticas solutions associated with the logic of privatization of biodiversity. According to the agro-ecological approach, agrifood systems must be developed ensuring the continuity and strengthening of organic links between biological diversity and cultural diversity for millennia conform true biocultural heritage of our peoples.
AGRIDAPE| September 2016 | Published by ied Afrique
The impact and value of agroecology are not yet amply recognised by decision makers and and as a result agroecology’s true potential remains to be adequately supported. To focus on and contribute to remedying this situation, this issue of AGRIDAPE demonstrates various qualitative and quantitative benefits brought about by agroecology.
By highlighting positive impacts such as employment creation and protection of soil and the environment, this issue does justice to agroecology’s potential.
That is the potential to transition to a new food and farming system with food sovereignty at its core.
This issue presents concrete experiences of innovations in the productive processes and resource management of peasant family farming. It presents stories of farmers, scientists, urban citizens, government officials, NGOs, and others who have jointly created agroecological solutions that are suited to their own, local contexts.
This issue of AGRIDAPE, moreover, explores the political dimension of knowledge co-creation in the practice, science and movement of agroecology.
Farming Matters | September 2016 | Published by ILEIA
This issue of Farming Matters explores innovative ways to demonstrate that agroecology provides critical solutions to the challenges of our time.
Agroecology is gaining recognition for its potential to address climate change, biodiversity loss and malnutrition, and many successful examples exist. However, to garner the necessary support in policy and practice, looking differently at ‘progress’, ‘performance’ or ‘success’ of farming and food systems is key. As agroecology can have impact at many levels, conventional indicators such as yield per hectare of a single crop no longer suffice. The experiences, opinions, and perspectives featured in this issue show how farmers, researchers, policy makers and consumers are using new lenses to track change.
This issue of Farming Matters looks at the growing number of initiatives that aim to revive the potential of traditional plant species, and illustrates that these plants can strengthen resilient family farming rooted in agroecology and diversity.
This issue of the magazine shows that traditional plants are a central element in the creation of alternatives to the dominant crops and the associated global food markets.
This edition presents articles whose authors relate that to advance the practice of sustainable agricultural production it is necessary to measure its impacts. As this is possible to assess the efficiency of the efforts invested to processes transition to agroecology or to confirm the importance of continuing to practice it.
We find that this form of agriculture to produce healthy nutritional quality, the nature of understanding and not depleting the ecosystem, it is increasingly recognized by consumers more time, especially those living in cities.
Leguminosas y plantas silvestres en la alimentación y la agricultura
Leisa | June 2016 | Leisa
In this issue of leisa several articles described the importance of legumes, both for humans and animals and their contribution described in the conservation and recovery of agricultural land.
The edible seeds of legumes, vegetables, combined with some breakfast cereals and many species of wild vegetables are an essential part of the traditional diet of many peoples of the world, especially in Latin American countries. Many legumes of high nutritional value were once part of the diet of the indigenous peoples of Latin America, but were replaced in the colonial era by alien species.
LEISA | April 2016 | Published by Leisa revista de agroecología
This issue of leisa presents concrete experiences of innovations in the productive processes and resource management of peasant family farming. It presents stories of farmers, scientists, urban citizens, government officials, NGOs, and others who have jointly created agroecological solutions that are suited to their own, local contexts.
Their experiences show that, together, people from diverse backgrounds can achieve large societal changes that range from diversified incomes and climate resilience to greater agrobiodiversity and food sovereignty.
There is an increasing recognition that sustainable resource management and sustainable livelihoods are inseparable. If neglected, everyone’s future is threatened.
While farmer’s distress stories are shocking everyone’s conscience, first time celebrations like International Year of Family Farming, emerging health consciousness among consumers, is putting farmers production practices in the focus for right reasons. Also, the mainstream international agencies are voicing that agroecological approaches are the way forward.
It is heartening to know that there is increasing recognition worldwide for family farming and nutritional crops like pulses and millets. However, it is deeply disturbing with country facing unprecedented heat waves, droughts and farmer’s miseries.
Diversity is the key for coping with climate change, for sustaining livelihoods and planet ecology. There is lot more to be understood about cultures, their options and resilience. This issue focusing on the theme of valuing underutilised crops brings out the role of local food crops, particularly in addressing the issues of food security and climate change.
There is increasing realisation worldwide that agroecological approaches are the solution for creating healthy and wealthy nations, providing adequate food, ecological stability and sustainable livelihoods.
Healthy food and Agriculture systems for productive citizens!
Wegel | July 2016 | Published by MELCA-Ethiopia
In this issue of Wegel we present views, opinions and research findings from different angles regarding the changes in the global agricultural system and its implications on the supply of healthy and balanced nutrition as well as the role of various stakeholders in putting the system back in to the right track.
The global food system is changing in line with the ever-increasing global population, technological advancements, scarcity of resources and the resultant scramble for the scarce resources.
In this first issue, an attempt has been made to discuss about soil in detail through the various topics focusing on soil. In his article entitled “You are from the soil and shall go back to the soil” Dr. Hailu Araya urges all to think of the soil, its contents invaluable uses. In a similar manner, Dr. Georg Deichert tells us we have to resonate of the soil in his article entitled “Rethinking the soil.”
These days, the soil has become a topical issue. That is because soil is the basis for everything and any problem in the health of the soil affects everything, especially living things. The agricultural system is the most affected as agriculture is all about soil, plants, animals, microorganisms and biodiversity in general.