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…

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…

‘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…

“La espiritualidad ha sido un adhesivo común”: Entrevista a Paul Nicholson, de La Vía Campesina

“La espiritualidad ha sido un adhesivo común”: Entrevista a Paul Nicholson, de La Vía Campesina

Nuestros colegas, Priscilla Claeys y Jasber Singh, están iniciando una nueva serie como parte de la columna Agroecología en movimiento para arrojar luz sobre un aspecto poco explorado de la transformación del sistema alimentario: la función de la espiritualidad y la religión en las luchas de los movimientos sociales por la soberanía alimentaria. Para profundizar…

Felipe, Las Chinampas y las políticas para la agroecología en la Ciudad de México

Felipe, Las Chinampas y las políticas para la agroecología en la Ciudad de México

A Felipe le apasiona recuperar la calidad del agua alrededor de su chinampa, su pequeña parcela de tierra, como un primer paso para recuperar vida en el agroecosistema. Las chinampas eran islas artificiales flotantes hechas como una canasta de cañas en las que se recolectaba materia orgánica para generar suelo y producir alimentos en medio…

Felipe, las chinampas and policies for agroecology in Mexico City

Felipe, las chinampas and policies for agroecology in Mexico City

Felipe is passionate about cleaning the water around his ‘chinampa’, his small plot of land surrounded by canals, as a first step to recovering life in the agroecosystem. The chinampas were floating beds made like a basket of reeds in which organic material was collected to generate soil and produce food in the middle of…

What does feminism have to do with the food you eat? Agroecology is not agroecology without feminism
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What does feminism have to do with the food you eat? Agroecology is not agroecology without feminism

Agroecology is gaining steam around the world as an alternative to the industrial food system. However, it is often adopted as a technical fix, employed as a set of techniques and tools, rather than a path toward political transformation. Therefore, it is necessary to reflect on what agroecology really entails – it is much more…

Spirituality is key to building solidarity: An interview with La Via Campesina’s Nettie Wiebe

Spirituality is key to building solidarity: An interview with La Via Campesina’s Nettie Wiebe

In this article, part our Food Sovereignty and Spirituality series, Nettie Wiebe, one of the women leaders of La Via Campesina based in Canada, talks about the role of spirituality in her life and in building the food sovereignty movement. Drawing on the spiritual practice of mistica that forms a regular part of La Via…

Agroecology and Community Feminism: Nurturing Territories
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Agroecology and Community Feminism: Nurturing Territories

Alejandra Guzman Luna writes about agroecology and community feminism, drawing from her experience working in the Oaxacan Mixteca, Mexico. The notion of community feminism is a vital way to advance an agroecology that effectively nourishes territories in an equitable manner. This blog is a part of a series of blogs on feminism and agroecology (see…

“Spirituality has been a common glue”: An interview with La Via Campesina’s Paul Nicholson

“Spirituality has been a common glue”: An interview with La Via Campesina’s Paul Nicholson

Our colleagues, Priscilla Claeys and Jasber Singh, are launching a new series as part of the Agroecology in Motion column to shed light on an underexplored aspect of food system transformation: the role of spirituality and religion in social movement struggles for food sovereignty. In order to deepen their inquiry, they will speak with various…

The Stories We Trust : Regulating Genome Edited Organisms

The Stories We Trust : Regulating Genome Edited Organisms

In ongoing discussions about the regulation of genome edited organisms in the UK and the EU, existing regulation to prevent harm to human and planetary health is often portrayed as the ‘bad guy’ trying to curb progress. What if we look at GMO-regulation in a different way? How to think of and design policy frameworks…

Down with Innovation! Long live rights, agency and justice

Down with Innovation! Long live rights, agency and justice

“Innovation” is ubiquitous as a way to describe beneficial societal change. Yet, the innovation language is deeply tied to a technology-centric and top-down ways of thinking that shackles the imagination and limits the pathways for change. Chris Maughan and Colin Anderson explore how proponents of agroecology – and other transformative visions of change – are…

21st Century Agroecology

21st Century Agroecology

From online food retail to big ag-data, technology is creeping ever further into food and farming systems. In this blog Lynne Davis CEO of Open Food Network UK explores what it takes to shift the design imperative of technology toward a 21st century agroecology. This article is a part of our column, Agroecology in Motion:…

Agroecology or Collapse Part III – Reclaiming the ‘archaic’, ‘anarchic’, and ‘utopian’ as the language of food system transformation

Agroecology or Collapse Part III – Reclaiming the ‘archaic’, ‘anarchic’, and ‘utopian’ as the language of food system transformation

Agroecology is a struggle to overcome industrial agriculture and is simultaneously a practice, a science, and a movement. Detractors often criticize Agroecology saying it is archaic, anarchic, & utopian. Perhaps, paradoxically, this is where its potential lies.  Agroecology is archaic, anarchic, and utopian – of course it is and thank goodness! In the final post…

Seeking New Agreements for Working with Nature through Enhancing Agricultural Biodiversity

Seeking New Agreements for Working with Nature through Enhancing Agricultural Biodiversity

In this first article in our new column, Agroecology in Motion: Nourishing Transformation, Patrick Mulvany, (HRF, CAWR), makes a call to radically foreground a more robust and transformative understanding of agricultural biodiversity, especially the need to enhance the agricultural biodiversity embedded within all seeds, breeds and agroecosystems, making these more heterogeneous and resilient. This approach…

Announcing “Agroecology in Motion: Nourishing Transformation”

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 or by filling in the…

Agroecology or Collapse Part II – Democratizing Food Systems and Breaking the Bonds of Food Empires

Agroecology or Collapse Part II – Democratizing Food Systems and Breaking the Bonds of Food Empires

Thinking that the agroecology movement is limited to producing organics in a “differentiated niche” is a mistake. Its focus is to redirect agriculture according to logics that oppose and subvert the capitalist market. In Part II of this three-part series, Paulo Petersen and Denis Monteiro dig deeper into articulating capitalist neoliberal food empires as the…

Agroecology or Collapse: Part 1 – From Emergency Responses to Systemic Transformations

Agroecology or Collapse: Part 1 – From Emergency Responses to Systemic Transformations

In this first of a three-part contribution to Agroecologynow, Paulo Petersen and Denis Monteiro present the current moment as a crisis in capitalism that demands systemic and structural responses based in solidarity and feminist economics. This lays the foundations for agroecology as a new organizing paradigm for food systems that holds the key to preventing…

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,…