See below for some highlights of our latest work and what’s up in our networks, including free to download articles and videos. Feel free to pass some or all of this on to your networks or to copy/adapt parts for use in newsletters, etc. There are also a number of recent and freely downloadable articles listed below. [All What’s up Newsletters collected here.]
Shifting from Industrial Agriculture to Diversified Agroecological Systems in China
In this latest book in the Reclaiming Diversity and Citizenship Series published by CAWR, Zhenzhong Si offers a new perspective on how to shift from industrial agriculture to diversified Agroecological Systems in China and contributes to recent debates on agroecology transformations.
New Policy Brief – Nourishing Life. Territories of Life and Food Sovereignty
Michel Pimbert reflects on the new Policy Brief from CAWR: “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 re-inventing conservation and development for a just and sustainable world”. Available here: https://wp.me/p67WNH-wS
Three Knowledge Mobilization Strategies for Social Change: Transmedia, Using Layers and Bridging
Read this post about an article that presents three strategies for mobilizing knowledge in processes of social change for agroecology, social justice and sustainability more generally. Click here to read: https://wp.me/p6tuKo-19Q
Building Resilience to Natural Disasters in Populated African Mountain Ecosystems
In her first blog for AEN, George McAllister shares her thoughts on a recent trip to Zimbabwe – using participatory methods to explore if agroecological landscapes, and the farming communities that manage them, are more responsive to natural hazards in an era of increasing climate disruption. Click here to read: https://wp.me/p67WNH-xg
Two upcoming Seminars on Scale, Agroecology and the Politics of Agricultural Sustainability Transitions in Sikkim, India
Join Colin Anderson (CAWR) and David Meek (University of Oregon, participating by skype) on January 17 (3pm-5pm) at Ryton Gardens and on January 10th at the University of Oregon for these sessions sharing insights, pictures and film from our work in Sikkim India – the world’s first “all-organic state”. In this presentation, we draw upon three periods of research in Sikkim to explore the opportunities and constraints of the organic policy for the agroecological transition. https://wp.me/p67WNH-wu
New Film – Our Seeds: Central to Food, Life and Culture
In this film, farmers from Lower Dzongu, Sikkim, India discuss the importance of traditional seeds for food, life and culture and their plans to establish a community seed bank to help maintain and revive traditional seeds. Available here:
CAWR at ORFC 2020 – ‘Farmer-led’ and ‘Publicly-funded’ Research on Agroecology
The AgroecologyNow crew from CAWR will be contributing to the U.K. focused Oxford Real Farming Conference (www.orfc.org.uk), including two complementary sessions on Jan. 8 starting at 3pm on Agroecology research for the public good and “Farmer-Led Innovation and Research for Agroecology’. These two sessions will be followed by an open session to continue discussions and undertake action planning. For full details on these and other sessions at ORFC visit: https://orfc.org.uk/orfc-programme-2020/
Do Scholar-Activists Need to Organize?
The Food Sovereignty movement makes use of constituencies, regions and quotas to manage representation. Researchers were a visible presence at the 2016 Nyéléni Europe Forum, but they are absent in the new governance model of Nyéléni Europe and Central Asia. Do European scholar-activists need to organize? Seven feminist scholar-activists working on food sovereignty reflect on this in a new article:
Click here to view on youtube: https://youtu.be/SXr8Nnl-jPg
AgroecologyNow! What’s up with publications (Click to download)
- Pimbert, M.P. and G. Borrini-Feyerabend, 2019. Nourishing life— territories of life and food sovereignty, Policy Brief of the ICCA Consortium no. 6.
- Bruil, J. and P. Gubbels. 2019. Scaling Agroecology in the Sahel: Good Practice
- Mulvany, P. 2019. Fiddling in Rome Reflections on the International Seed Treaty
- Meek, D. and C.R. Anderson 2019. Scale and the Politics of the Organic Transition in Sikkim, India. Agroecology and Sustainable Food Systems.
- Duncan, J and P. Claeys 2019. Scholar-activists in an expanding European food sovereignty movement. Journal of Peasant Studies.
- McAllister, G. & Wright, J. 2019.Agroecology as a Practice-Based Tool for Peacebuilding in Fragile Environments? Three Stories from Rural Zimbabwe. Sustainability.
- Tornaghi, C., & Dehaene, M. 2019. The prefigurative power of urban political agroecology: rethinking the urbanisms of agroecological transitions for food system transformation
Highlighted Publications, Events and Updates From our Networks
- Enhancing Food Sovereignty: A Five-year Collaborative Tribal-University Research and Extension Project in California and Oregon. By Sowerwine, J., Sarna-Wojcicki, D., Mucioki, M., Hillman, L., Lake, F., & Friedman, E. in: Journal of Agriculture, Food Systems, and Community Development.
- Feminist agroecology for food sovereigntyby Marta Soler, Marta Rivera and Irene García Roces in: Cultivate! blog.
- Declaration of the International Conference on Food Sovereignty: Colony and Frontiers
- Producing urban agroecology in the East Bay: from soil health to community empowerment. By Siegner, A. B., Acey, C., & Sowerwine, J.
- Alliances for Agroecology: From Climate Change to Food System Change.By Dale, B.
- New funded project at the Agroecology and Livelihoods Collaborative with Groundswell International on sustainable farming and agroecology in 10 countries
- ETC GROUP: Job Posting: Communications Coordinator; ETC Podcast Episode #1: Gene drives in Africa; Report – Plate Tech-Tonics Mapping Corporate Power in Big Food