Saving Seeds for Climate Justice

Saving Seeds for Climate Justice

In this blog, Poppy Nicol, Dennis Touliatos and John Nzira report on a recent project comparing community-based seed networks in South Africa and Wales. By reflecting on their experiences they explore how farmer-led and community-based seed systems play an important role in cultivating climate resilient and just food futures. They conclude by introducing their policy…

‘A Shared Human Endeavour’: a new model for farmer participation and knowledge co-production in agroecological research
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‘A Shared Human Endeavour’: a new model for farmer participation and knowledge co-production in agroecological research

In this blog, Chris Maughan and Colin Anderson discuss their recent open access article ‘A Shared Human Endeavour’, which offers a new model for designing participatory agroecological research and knowledge co-production. Based on an analysis of their recent participatory research activity, they offer reflections on the importance of considering the shifting needs and capacities of research collaborators, and warn against inadvertently creating a constraining dogma of participatory action research. A knowledge-participation ‘schematic’ is offered as a tool for undertaking this work.

“The food sovereignty movement must be anti-caste”: An Interview with Dalit, Adivasi and other members of the Food Sovereignty Alliance in India
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“The food sovereignty movement must be anti-caste”: An Interview with Dalit, Adivasi and other members of the Food Sovereignty Alliance in India

In this article, part of our Food Sovereignty and Spirituality series, members of the Food Sovereignty Alliance (FSA) in India share about their fight against the dominant Brahmanical patriarchal ideology which is at the root of the caste system. The discussion brings together landless Dalits, considered to be untouchables and ‘out-castes’, indigenous Adivasi whose lands and territories are…

Remote Control and Peasant Intelligence

Remote Control and Peasant Intelligence

New report exposes how digitalization and artificial intelligence risk undermining peasant knowledge and autonomy. Digital technologies are often touted as a silver bullet to respond to the interconnected crises of food, climate and biodiversity. Although they are presented by their promoters in governments and corporations as a necessary tool for innovation and for making food…

Support GAZA Palestine

Support GAZA Palestine

As a scholar-activist collective, AgroecologyNow! works with civil society groups and networks who cultivate and take care of the land, strive to retain and pass on their knowledge, and struggle to protect their people and territories from environmental destruction, exploitation, theft, and occupation across the globe, including in the Occupied Palestinian Territory of Gaza and…

CSAs as spaces of care and self-exploitation: a feminist perspective from the UK
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CSAs as spaces of care and self-exploitation: a feminist perspective from the UK

I have worked in Community Supported Agriculture for the last 15 years in the UK. Over the last year, I have combined this activity with CAWR’s MSc Programme in Agroecology, Water and Food Sovereignty.  The gender module has allowed me to piece together new narratives through which to explore and contextualise my personal experiences of…

Autumn school report ‘Ways of Knowing for Agroecological Transitions’

Autumn school report ‘Ways of Knowing for Agroecological Transitions’

We are happy to share with you the report from the 7-day Autumn school that AgroecologyNow co-convened at Monkton Wyld Court in Dorset, UK in October 2022. The school was an attempt to highlight the importance of the diversity of knowledges that exists in territorial food systems. Transition processes towards more sustainable and just food…

Agroecology Blooms in Vermont: Announcing the UVM Institute for Agroecology

Agroecology Blooms in Vermont: Announcing the UVM Institute for Agroecology

The University of Vermont (USA) launches a new Institute for Agroecology (IFA) that works with and for farmers, Indigenous people, social movements, and communities who are driving change in Vermont and around the world. Through research, learning, and action, IFA mobilizes knowledge to nurture agroecology research, practice, and movements. The roots of agroecology at the…

Launch of Special Issue on Participatory Action Research in a Time of COVID and Beyond

Launch of Special Issue on Participatory Action Research in a Time of COVID and Beyond

The outbreak of COVID-19 in early 2020 was a challenge for any practitioner intent on engaging in authentic dialogue for people-centered, place-based transformative praxis with the most marginalized in society–be they in Europe or the Majority World. The pandemic called on us to explore new and creative methodological approaches, to find new ways to manage…

Ecofeminism and Meat Substitutes: A Critical Discussion

Ecofeminism and Meat Substitutes: A Critical Discussion

The author, Anouk Dijkman, is a student in the MSc Programme of Food Sovereignty, Water and Resilience, a transdisciplinary post-graduate degree at Coventry University (UK). In this blog, which builds on her research work in the Gender, Food Systems and Natural Resources module, she applies a critical, ecofeminist perspective to question narratives that promote modern…

Call for Contributions: Policies for Agroecology to Support Healthy and Just Food Systems

Call for Contributions: Policies for Agroecology to Support Healthy and Just Food Systems

Do you have experiences, examples, stories or insights about how  policy can support (or undermine) agroecology? Consider submitting an article to the first issue of the newly named magazine, ‘Rooted: Agroecology, Cultures and Foodways’ (formerly ‘Farming Matters’). Call available as PDF in English, Spanish, French and Portuguese Rooted magazine is a new platform for the exchange of voices, perspectives and…

NO MORE DISPLACEMENT!

NO MORE DISPLACEMENT!

A new policy brief calls for a halt of projects that cause displacement.  Displacement causes irreparable harm, and well-intended resettlement policies and practices perpetuate and justify further displacement. This brief busts 5 myths about resettlement and argues that new policies are needed that prioritise human-scale development that does not require displacement and resettlement. Read and…

Agroecology must open up to additional dimensions of transformation

Agroecology must open up to additional dimensions of transformation

The IX International Congress of Agroecology, held in Seville, Spain in January 2023, inquired into how academics perceive the current crisis in the primary sector of the economy affecting natural resources, and what activist-scholars engaged in agroecological research can contribute. Patricia Dopazo Gallego from the Soberanía Alimentaria Magazine spoke with Michel Pimbert and Clara Nicholls,…

New podcast episode: Where Indigenous feminisms and food sovereignties meet
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New podcast episode: Where Indigenous feminisms and food sovereignties meet

Destruction of Indigenous women and of Indigenous food systems were two powerful weapons used by colonists to conquer the North American continent. Today, stories of recovering traditional foodways are braided in with stories of re-making women’s place in society, as well as reclaiming the important role of two-spirit people. Previous to colonization, not only did women…

Agroecology – A promising alternative to the Biodiversity crisis in Agriculture and Industrial Food Systems

Agroecology builds biodiversity into agriculture and food systems and should be a focus of global biodiversity conservation efforts as if lives and nature depend on it – because they do. The world’s nations are currently gathering at the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) COP15 in Montreal to finalize a “Global Biodiversity Framework” for the next…

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Putting Indigenous knowledge into practice for climate change: the Tribal Adaptation Menu

Indigenous knowledge offers invaluable insights for how to approach climate change. This article describes a tool called the Tribal Adaptation Menu that provides a set of concrete, practical strategies, approaches and tactics for how to incorporate indigenous thinking into planning, policy, research and interventions for researchers, policy-makers and practitioners. It also describes the fundamental shifts…

Agroecology Now! co-delivers first Autumn School on ‘Ways of Knowing for Agroecological Transitions’

As part of the RISE ATTER project, Agroecology Now! staff co-designed1 and delivered a 7-day event at Monkton Wyld Court in Dorset, UK. The main objective of this week-long collective space was to bring together researchers and practitioners from across the world who want to exchange, learn and advance their thinking and practice on agroecological…

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“Spirituality is deeply anti-systemic”: An interview with Indigenous Thinker Antonio Gonzalez from the Aj Mayon Collective in Guatemala

In this article, part of our Food Sovereignty and Spirituality series, indigenous thinker and activist Antonio Gonzalez from Guatemala talks about the importance of spirituality in Indigenous Peoples struggles to recover and affirm their identity and defend their territories. He shares the journey he undertook with the Aj Mayon Agroecological Collective to link agriculture with…

Ecofeminism, agroecology,  food sovereignty and African philosophy: Exploring values in contemporary social movements 
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Ecofeminism, agroecology,  food sovereignty and African philosophy: Exploring values in contemporary social movements 

This article is written by Frederique Bosveld, Masters student in International Development Studies specialising in Inclusive Innovation, Communication, and Development at Wageningen University (WUR). African philosophy Preface by Birgit Boogaard. Birgit teaches courses on African philosophy and social justice at Wageningen University (WUR).  This blog is student exploration and, as such, a reflection of a…

What’s up with ¡AgroecologyNow!? Issue 2022/05

What’s up with ¡AgroecologyNow!? Issue 2022/05

See below for some highlights of our latest work and highlights from our networks, including free-to-download articles, videos and other resources. Please feel free to copy/adapt parts for use in newsletters, etc. or share the entire update via this link: https://wp.me/P67WNH-ZQ. [All What’s up Newsletters collected here.] AgroecologyNow! Features what’s up with agroecology: New animation:…

Embracing Critical Friendship for Agroecology Transitions

Embracing Critical Friendship for Agroecology Transitions

This article explains the notion of the critical friend, and discusses its value as an approach to systematizing a self-critical approach to our work as people interested in advancing agroecology and other aspects of social change. Written by Colin Anderson, Chris Maughan and Sydney Blume, the article is also published in a new publication series…

La espiritualidad es fundamental para construir solidaridad: Entrevista a Nettie Wiebe, de La Vía Campesina

La espiritualidad es fundamental para construir solidaridad: Entrevista a Nettie Wiebe, de La Vía Campesina

En este artículo, que forma parte de nuestra serie sobre la soberanía alimentaria y la espiritualidad, Nettie Wiebe, una de las mujeres líderes de La Vía Campesina en Canadá, habla de la función de la espiritualidad en su vida y en la construcción del movimiento por la soberanía alimentaria. Basándose en la práctica espiritual de…