Video collection 1

Video collection 1

This ‘Video collection 1’ links to a variety of videos with diverse perspectives on agroecology as a means to cool the planet, realise food sovereignty and food security, find better gender balances and domains, and reveals agroecology as community building and pathway to a more-than-sustainable future with climate justice.

First the AN! youtube playlist, which is part of the CAWR channel. It features for instance ‘Agroecology: Voices From Social Movements‘:

Agroecology: Voices From Social Movements

This video explores the different perspectives of food providers on agroecology and the calls from social movements to embed agroecology in the struggle for food sovereignty. It focuses on the Declaration of International Forum for Agroecology, which has been advanced by social movements to claim agroecology as a bottom up practice, science and movement and the most important pathway towards a most just, sustainable and viable food and agriculture system. To read the ‘Declaration of the International Forum for Agroecology’ made in Nyéléni, Mali, 27 February 2015 visit

A Clash in Paradigms: Encountering Science as a Woman Farmer in the World of Livestock Breeding

Next in ‘Video collection 1’ is a collection from DARE: Democratising Agricultural Research in Europe. A project that brought together food producers, researchers and activists from Europe to share knowledge on participatory and transdisciplinary approaches to research in agriculture. The project focused specifically on agroecological initiatives in Europe, and explored how research can help to realise the potential of these approaches to enable sustainable and just food systems.

Julia Bessin describes her experience as a livestock keeper and as a woman and the sexism, closed-mindedness and hostility she felt when engaging with scientists and animal breeders in a particular context in France.

This film was produced as a part of the project Democratizing Agricultural Research In Europe, Centre for Agroecology, Water and Resilience at Coventry University, and covered themes such as these:

  • Deliberative and inclusive methods for establishing strategic research priorities in the natural and social sciences
  • Accountability and governance of food and agricultural research, policies and investments in low external input farming
  • Innovative models of agroecological production and food processing
  • Alternatives in food trade and distribution
  • Sustainable rural and urban development.

See also “Making excluded voices count in food and agricultural policy making

Next in Video collection 1:

Three talks from a Public Debate on Agroecology in the European Parliament, Brussels September 17, 2015. Organized by European Coordination Via Campesina. Thank you to the AgroEcology Fund for generously supporting this event and video. Watch Michel Pimbert, CAWR Director; Stéphane Parmentier, Policy Advisor on Food and Agriculture, Oxfam / Belgium; and Jyoti Fernandez, Farmer in England, U.K., Land Workers’ Alliance, European Coordination Via Campesina:

Seminars: Peruse this playlist to listen to a series of talks given at the Centre for Agroecology, Water and Resilience related to AgroecologyNow! See for instance Ashish Kothari speak on ‘Eco-swaraj: Towards a Radical Ecological Democracy‘:

“…Ashish Kothari is an Indian environmentalist working on development, environment interface, biodiversity policy, and alternatives. He is one of founders of Kalpavriksh, a Non-Profit Organisation in India which deals with environmental and development issues. He has been associated with peoples’ movements like Narmada Bachao Andolan and Beej Bachao Andolan..”

Selection of films made with, by or through AgroecologyNow!

Recommended film from the WWW (contact us with any suggestions for films focusing on political agroecology and we will feature them):

There are many other useful resources on the web. These are just some of them. Getting the message out to a wider public remains, however, a formidable challenge. Get in touch to help, look at more of our resources and our special ‘Long reads‘ series called ‘Agroecology in Motion‘. For instance this piece by Jessica, ‘What does feminism have to do with the food you eat?‘ which features this video:

“…What is the story behind the food you eat? What if people actually valued all the underpaid and unpaid labor that goes into food? What if women were not doing most of the work? And if women and girls weren’t the last ones to eat? What if it weren’t mostly black, brown and indigenous people bearing the brunt of the burden? Watch this animation by the AgroecologyNow Collective calling for agroecologies that fight racism, sexism and all forms of oppression…”

English narration with captions in English, French, Spanish, Portuguese and Dutch.

Check out our podcast on feminism & agroecology:

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