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.]
New CAWR-Food First Backgrounder: Scaling Agroecology from the Bottom up: Six Domains of Transformation
How can 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 presents an overview of our work at AgroecologyNow! and identifies six ‘domains of transformation’ that are essential to consider in agroecology transformations. Click here: https://wp.me/p67WNH-yg
Publication of Special Issue on Agroecology Transformations
This special issue, published in Agroecology and Sustainable Food Systems, includes six articles that present new insights into the processes and the kinds of transformations needed to enable agroecology as a model for a more just and sustainable food system. Available at: https://wp.me/p67WNH-yt
Lume: New publication on method of economic-ecological analysis to support Agroecology
In this latest book in the Reclaiming Diversity and Citizenship Series published by CAWR, the authors present a brilliant new publication and framework for the study of the economic basis that can support agroecology and the livelihoods of family farmers and indigenous people. Available at: https://wp.me/s67WNH-lume
Call for input: Crowdsourced curated resource list of ‘protocols for participatory, engaged-, decolonial, Indigenous, feminist research’
The People’s Knowledge group is putting together a curated resource list of research protocols from different perspectives/traditions/positionalities. This might include best practices, examples of memorandums of understanding (MoUs), letters of agreement, or other modes of formalisation in research relationships. You can see other resource lists we’ve developed on Citizen Science and Participatory Video here (https://tinyurl.com/u7cb53a). Do you have anything to add? Ideas? Comments? Links? Email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
What’s up with participatory approaches to science and technology
This post discusses participatory technology assessment, sharing its key features and providing case studies to illustrate some of its dimensions. Available at: https://wp.me/s6tuKo-pta
Book Review of Everyday Experts – Transforming the Food System Is the People’s Work: Experiential Knowledge Shows us the Way
Check out this book review in the Journal of Agriculture, Food Systems, and Community Development of our open access book, “Everyday Experts: How people’s knowledge can transform the food system. (https://tinyurl.com/vnothd5) “…If you have read, or written, about how society needs a transformation in how we go about addressing social justice and environmental sustainability or regeneration in the face of mounting global challenges, this book will be a valuable contribution to your reading list and you might find inspiration here. In fact, it would be hard not to. . . .” Download the book here: https://tinyurl.com/ycesslmu
Call for interventions – *Food matters* the role of your dinner plate in degrowing the economy
A call for contributions to the Degrowth2020 conference in Manchester (1-5 September) by our colleagues Nina Moeller and Martin Pedersen. They are inviting contributions that explore alternative visions for transforming food production and distribution and what their different implications are for individual, community and planetary health, as well as for the configuration of power relations: what kinds of livelihoods and what kinds of habitats are created by any particular vision? Click here: https://tinyurl.com/s5qscud
New E-Learning Course: Introduction to the global governance of food and agriculture from a sovereignty perspective
Want to know more about food policy/governance in the United Nations (e.g. Committee on World Food Security (CFS), FAO, UN Human Right Council, etc)? Curious about how Food Sovereignty relates to these institutions? Then check out this free e-course. Our collaborators at Schola Campesina have just launched this new e-learning course on the global governance of food. Click here: https://tinyurl.com/s6xyl2k
AgroecologyNow! Publications (Click to access)
- Pimbert, M.P. and T. Uhnak, (2019). Agroecology and food sovereignty: charting a way to a radical transformation of the food system. In: Burrows, D. and A. Cezar (Eds). Politics of Food. Sternberg Press.
- Anderson, C.R., Pimbert, M., Chappell, M.J., Brem-Wilson, J., Claeys, P., Kiss, C., Maughan, C., Milgroom, J., McAllister, G., Moeller, N., and Singh, J. (2020). Agroecology Now – Connecting the Dots to Enable Agroecology Transformations. Agroecology and Sustainable Food Systems. 43(6).
- Anderson, C. R., Bruil, J., Chappell, M. J., Kiss, C., & Pimbert, M. P. (2020). Scaling Agroecology from the Bottom up: Six Domains of Transformation. Food First, CAWR, Cultivate Backgrounder.
Highlighted Publications, Events and Updates From our Networks
- Publication: Three Big Battles for Global Food Policy Looming [ETC Group]
- Publication: Carbon Markets and Agriculture Don’t Mix [National Family Farm Coalition]
- Course: Certificate of Graduate Study in Agroecology [UVermont Agroecology and Livelihoods Collaborative]
- Letter: CSOs Letter on UN Food Systems Summit [IPC]
- Book: Agrobiodiversity, School Gardens and Healthy Diets [Bioversity] – other open access titles from the series available here.
- Event: Let’s Liberate Diversity (Florence, May 22-24)
- Note: Agricultural Biodiversity – key to an effective post-2020 framework [IPC Note on Convention on Biodiversity]
- Publication: Democratizing CRISPR? Stories, practices, and politics of science and governance on the agricultural gene editing frontier [Ma Maywa Montenegro de Wit]