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Short statement on Defra ‘gene technology’ consultation

The Department for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) is currently running an online consultation on the ‘regulation of genetic technologies’, due to close on March 17th. We stand with a number of environmental and farming groups who have criticised the consultation for its poor timing, biased framing and …

Hot off the press: New Book on Political, Transformation and Territorial dimension to bring forward an Agroecological Urbanism

Building on state-of-the-art and participatory research on farming, urbanism, food policy and advocacy, this new book changes the ways food planning has been conceptualised to date, and invites the reader to fully embrace the transformative potential of an agroecological perspective. It argues for moving away from a “food in the city” approach, …

Farming for Climate Justice: Invitation for participation of Early Career Researchers from UK and S. Africa

Farming for Climate Justice is a CAWR collaboration with the Bio-Economy Chair at the University of Cape Town that emphasises the co-generation of socially inclusive research capable of transforming thinking and research practice for just food and farming systems. Funded by the British Council (Researcher Links Climate Challenge), the project will …

Reflecting on ORFC 2021: Blinking into the Light – Galvanising Food Movements in Troubling Times

Few of us would say that we’re not happy to see the back of 2020. For one thing, it’s fundamentally changed how we live and work, often for the worse. We’ve all missed the creativity that emerges from human connection, and many of us are now bound to long hours …

Special Issue – Doing Participatory Action Research (PAR) in a time of COVID and Beyond

​Call for Contributors for a special issue in the journal Frontiers in Sustainable Food Systems on Doing Participatory Action Research (PAR) in a time of COVID. Click here for the latest information on the journal website. Co-Editors: AgroecologyNow and CAWR researchers George McAllister (correspondent – ad3054@coventry.ac.uk), Priscilla Claeys, Nina Moeller and …

Announcing “Agroecology in Motion: Nourishing Transformation”

Articles written for Agroecology in Motion: Nourishing Transformation are written to stimulate reflection and learning, inform political-practical work on agroecology and move people to action. This first article in the column lays the groundwork for future contributions. To follow the column and other AgroecologyNow updates, Follow us on Facebook, Twitter …

Join in on a Range of Online Workshops with CAWR at the Oxford Real Farming Conference

This year the Oxford Real Farming Conference or ORFC is going online and global with a 7-day programme (7-13 Jan) of talks and workshops from across the world. The event  will give food and farming activists, including producers, researchers, policy-makers and NGOs the chance to come together as a movement …

Shifting European Finance towards Food Systems Tranformation: A Webinar

Biovision Foundation, CIDSE, IPES-Food, AgroecologyNow! at the Center for Agroecology Water and Resilience (CAWR) of Coventry University, the Institute of Development Studies (IDS), Coalition Contre la Faim, DanChurchAid, are presenting a webinar on  “Shifting European Finance towards Food System Transformation”. The event will take place on the 26th of November, from 2 …

No Time for Justice?! – Food Policy and Emergency Thinking in the Brexit Moment

Imagine a process in which food and farming policies were designed with social justice as the central tenet. What would such a process look like? Whose voices would be heard, and whose interests would be represented? What questions would need to be asked and how would we know that social …

Prioritising Agroecology and Challenging Corporate Technology-Led Approaches in the 2021 UN Food Systems Summit and Beyond

In December 2019, Ms. Agnes Kalibata, president of the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA), was appointed as the UN Secretary-General’s special envoy to the 2021 UN Food Systems Summit.  Over the last two months, a range of actors[i] have voiced their concerns over this appointment, that has …

New Special Issue on Agroecology Transformations: Connecting the dots to enable agroecology transformations

This special issue on Agroecology Transformations, published today in Agroecology and Sustainable Food Systems, includes six articles sharing new insights into the process and kinds of transformations needed to enable agroecology as a model for a more just and sustainable food system. Agroecology is coming into its own as an alternative …

New Backgrounder: Scaling Agroecology from the Bottom up: Six Domains of Transformation

How can we enable the scaling of agroecology from the Bottom up? What is needed for agroecology be advanced, amplified, scaled up and out? In each context, there are enabling and disabling conditions that shape the potential for agroecology to be scaled. This Food First Issue Brief identifies six ‘domains …

Lume: New publication on method of economic-ecological analysis to support Agroecology

In spite of the growing recognition of agroecology around the world, there is still a significant lack of adequate tools for the study of the economic basis of agroecosystems that are appropriate for the modes of production and livelihoods of family farmers and indigenous people. The Lume method for economic-ecological …

Building Resilience to Natural Disasters in populated African Mountain Ecosystems

As part of CAWR’s Stabilisation Agriculture Programme, I recently visited Chimanimani district in Zimbabwe to initiate comparative research on how conventional and agroecologically managed landscapes coped with the impacts of Cyclone Idai in March 2019. Idai deposited the total annual rainfall in the first twelve hours alone – yet sat …

New Policy Brief – Nourishing Life. Territories of Life and Food Sovereignty

“Local communities on all continents are being displaced and impoverished by the combined actions of top down, ‘people-out’ fortress conservation and the expansion of industrial agriculture. This silent violence can be reversed by strengthening self-determining indigenous and community conserved areas as well as local food sovereignty. This is all about …

Shifting from Industrial Agriculture to Diversified Agroecological Systems in China

This freshly published book (open access, free to download) offers a new perspective on how to shift from industrial agriculture to diversified Agroecological Systems in China and contributes to recent debates on agroecology transitions and transformation. In 2008, China experienced its most severe food safety scandal—the melamine tainted milk that sickened …

A Guide to Mapping for Food System Change – A New Publication

Many people and organisations interested in agroecology and food sovereignty are mapping. It is all the rage!  People are mapping farms, markets, crop varieties and livestock breeds, soil fertility and water management practices, policies and more. Mapping is being used as an important way to advance agroecology and food sovereignty. …

These Extraordinary Times: Indigenous Peoples and coalition building for agroecology and food sovereignty

Above: Members of a Euro-American motorcycle club work alongside citizens of the Athabascan Nation to launch a fish wheel in the Copper River, Alaska. By Carol Kalafatic The Centre for Agroecology, Water and Resilience (CAWR) at Coventry University (in the UK) recently hosted a workshop to “collectively strengthen relationships, learning/analysis …

Re/New Alliances: Working towards farmer-scholar collaboration for food sovereignty in North America

Above: Street demonstration during the the IV National Assembly of the US Food Sovereignty Alliance in Bellingham, WA, October 2018 | Credit: David Meek by Jahi Chappell, Saulo Araujo & Ernesto Mendez The Centre for Agroecology, Water and Resilience (CAWR) at Coventry University (UK) recently hosted a workshop to “collectively …

Collective and/or community rights to land, seeds and natural resources for agroecology in East Africa – Workshop

Secure access to and control over land, seeds and other natural resources is key to agroecology. If properly recognized and implemented, collective and/or community rights over these resources represent a powerful and viable alternative to private ownership. Community rights can contribute to the sustainable management of natural resources, and protect …

Strengthening FAO’s Commitment to Agroecology – New Booklet Hot off the Virtual Press

Agroecology represents an alternative paradigm for food and farming – one that puts people and planet at centre stage and emphasises the priorities of food producers and marginalized peoples around the world. International institutions can play an important role in advancing this paradigm, as this new booklet demonstrates. The publication …

Live-Streamed Seminar: Agroecology Transitions-Transformations for A more Just and Sustainable Food System

What is needed to make the transition transformation for more sustainable and just food systems? In this Seminar, the AgroecologyNow! group at CAWR will present a framework they have developed for understanding and enabling agroecology transitions-transformations. This material is being developed into a book that will be published in the …

Agroecology as a Pathway Towards Food Sovereignty in Ethiopian Forest Communities

The social and ecological environment in southwest Ethiopia is in flux. This is probably the case in most forest communities. Changes in society are also reconfiguring the environment. Little towns and hamlets are growing both in width and height. The width comes from the increasing number of homes constructed to …

Bringing Agroecology into the UK Agriculture Bill

Agroecological approaches to agriculture improve rural livelihoods, regenerate ecologies and increase the resiliency of communities, while providing healthy and sustainable food. Policy support for agroecology in the UK has been piecemeal and many policies undermine the potential for developing agroecology in the UK. This agriculture bill marks an opportunity for …

Highlighting the importance of power and governance in the debate on “innovation” in agriculture: A contribution to the HLPE process

Agroecology when articulated as a transformative approach to food system, is the most promising “innovation” (and set of “innovations”) at play at the global level. Yet, the current dominant innovation systems, in a wider disabling economic and political context, are containing, undermining and suppressing agroecology by supporting deeply problematic approaches …

Agroecology as a Pathway towards Sustainable Food Systems (New Report)

This report looks at Agroecology as a Pathway to Sustainable Food Systems. Food systems are at a critical juncture and a dramatic transition to agroecology is urgently needed. Alarming rates of food insecurity and malnutrition persist, manifested as  undernutrition, micronutrient deficiencies (“hidden hunger”) and “overnutrition” (overweight and obesity), alongside the growing crises of biodiversity loss and …

Rise of the ‘megafarms’: how UK agriculture is being sold off and consolidated

“If you were to visit the English countryside 15 years ago, you would have found nine times as many small farms as you do today – and twice as many different farms in general….” Elise Wach, a PhD student working on the Potentials for agroecology and food sovereignty in the Scottish …

Call for Contributions: Agroecology Now! Transitions-Transformations for a More Just and Sustainable Food System

A Call for contributions to a session on agroecology transitions at the meeting of the American Association of Geographers (AAG) in Washington D.C. (April 3-7, 2019) https://annualmeeting.aag.org Abstract Submission Deadline for AAG: October 21, 2018. Agroecology is a radical alternative to the dominant approaches to food and water systems and …

Absent Agroecology Aid: On UK Agricultural Development Assistance Since 2010

This new CAWR publication analyses CAWR figures published by the UK Department of International Development (DFID) and finds that despite overwhelming evidence in favour of agroecology as a mode of agricultural development able to address crucial aspects of the interrelated crises facing human societies, UK development aid barely supports agroecology. Based …

DARE Statement: Democratizing Agricultural Research in Europe

Feeding local communities without destroying the planet is one of this century’s most intractable global challenges. While sometimes generating short-term increases in production, industrial approaches to food and agriculture are now understood to cause rising levels of ecological degradation, climate change, inequality, declining livelihoods on farms, growing food and nutrition …