Building, defending and strengthening agroecology

26 October 2015

A new multimedia publication explores the meaning and politics of agroecology from social movement perspectives. They are produced by the Centre for Agroecology, Water and Resilience of Coventry University and ILEIA. ‘We see Agroecology as a key form of resistance to an economic system that puts profit before life. […]

Our diverse forms of smallholder food production based on Agroecology generate local knowledge, promote social justice, nurture identity and culture, and strengthen the economic viability of rural areas.‘ – Declaration of the International Forum for Agroecology, 2015 A movement is growing. While agroecology has been practiced for millennia in places around the world, today we are witnessing how social movements are calling for agroecology as the pathway towards a more just, sustainable and viable food and agriculture system.

They claim agroecology as a bottom up movement and practice that needs to be supported, rather than led, by science and policy. From this perspective, agroecology is inseparable from food sovereignty: the right of citizens to control food policy and practice. “There is no food sovereignty without agroecology.

And certainly, agroecology will not last without a food sovereignty policy that backs it up.” – Ibrahima Coulibaly, CNOP (National Coordination of Peasant Organisations in Mali) A new publication and video present this vision in more depth and explore agroecology through the perspectives of food producers involved in the food sovereignty movement.

Produced by: Centre for Agroecology, Water and Resilience of Coventry University and ILEIA, the Centre for Learning on Sustainable Agriculture