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.

‘You can’t manage what you can’t feel’: Finding new ways to assess diverse and novel wheat varieties

‘You can’t manage what you can’t feel’: Finding new ways to assess diverse and novel wheat varieties

In this blog, AgroecologyNow researcher Chris Maughan shares his reflections about the creative ways in which the South West Grain Network (UK) works with different actors along the supply chain to recreate localised grain systems that maximise agricultural diversity, foster collaboration and operate on a human scale. In particular, he describes the network’s current experiments…

COP26 – Caught in a Net: Agriculture, Climate Change, and the Decarbonisation Agenda

COP26 – Caught in a Net: Agriculture, Climate Change, and the Decarbonisation Agenda

The 2021 United Nations Climate Change Conference, also known as COP26, is the 26th of its kind. After a Covid-related postponement, it was held this year in Glasgow, Scotland between October 31 and November 12. Dr Chris Maughan has been in Glasgow for the first week of the event and reflects on the links between…

Theories of Change: Understanding and Clarifying Action and Difference

Theories of Change: Understanding and Clarifying Action and Difference

The Centre for Agroecology, Water and Resilience (CAWR) at Coventry University (in the UK) recently hosted a workshop to “collectively strengthen relationships, learning/analysis and collaboration for people who are involved in research and knowledge work that advances movements for agroecology and food sovereignty”. This blog post is part of series of posts written by attendees…

Farm Hack shows us everything that it is wrong with UK agricultural training and research

Farm Hack shows us everything that it is wrong with UK agricultural training and research

Farm Hack is a response to a need – not only for access to often fundamental agricultural knowledge, but also for a different way of organising, relating, and owning in UK farming systems. It is almost entirely in opposition to the agricultural research and educational mainstream, which is predicated on large-scale technologies, top down knowledge…

Re/Nuevas Alianzas: Trabajando hacia la colaboración entre agricultores y académicos para la soberanía alimentaria en América del Norte

Re/Nuevas Alianzas: Trabajando hacia la colaboración entre agricultores y académicos para la soberanía alimentaria en América del Norte

El Centro de Agroecología, Agua y Resistencia de la Universidad de Coventry (Reino Unido) organizó recientemente un taller para “fortalecer colectivamente las relaciones, el aprendizaje/análisis y la colaboración de las personas que están involucradas en la investigación y el trabajo de conocimiento que promueve los movimientos por la agroecología y la soberanía alimentaria”. Estamos agradecidos…

The Dark Side of Innovation for Family Farmers: Reflections on an International Symposium on Innovation

The Dark Side of Innovation for Family Farmers: Reflections on an International Symposium on Innovation

This post explores the dark side of innovation, investigating the rapid rise to prominence of the term ‘Innovation’ within agricultural development, and presents some reasons why it is an inadequate framework to address the deep injustices in contemporary food systems, especially as they relate to family farmers and other small scale food producers. In summary,…