Agroecology is considered jointly as a science, a practice and a social movement . It encompasses the whole food system from the soil to the organization of human societies. It is value-laden and based on core principles.

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The Association intends to place agroecology high on the European agenda of sustainable development of farming and food systems. It intends to foster interactions between actors in science, practice and social movements, by facilitating knowledge sharing and action.

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The Association has a non-profit and international goal. The society aims to analyse, design, develop and promote the transition towards agroecology-based farming and food systems. The overall goal of the Association is to: support agroecological research, education and training.

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    Transition to Agro-Ecology For a Food Secure World by Jelleke de Nooy van Tol

    Our global agricultural and food system is broken and needs to transition to one that is more sustainable and beneficial to the world’s population.

    This seems hard in the face of the linked challenges of climate change, natural resource depletion, and worldwide economic and social upheaval.

    At the same time, farmer-led social movements are growing, and there is increasing recognition that agroecology and food sovereignty are key solutions for both nutritious food security and climate change adaptation.

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    NEW ! The english version of “Better and Different ! Transforming Food Systems through Agroecology “

    The focus of this brochure : We are sceptical of agroindustrial corporations and, instead, call for agriculture based on peasant farming systems. Our approach defends diversity against monoculture and gives local markets priority over the global market. We argue against the oil and chemicals dependency of today’s agriculture and advocate the use of worms, insects and animals. Agroecological approaches not only mimic nature; they are also better for people – as diverse workers, self-employed producers, and market participants and buyers of processed goods. At its best, agroecology reveals what Old Latin always knew: that a secret connection exists between humus and humanum.

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    German version : Mit Agrarökologie die Ernährungswende gestalten

    Bei der Agrarökologie geht es nicht nur um eine Landwirtschaft, mit der der Einsatz von Pestiziden und Düngemitteln verringert, Pflanzenreste recycelt und biologische Prozesse für den Anbau von Lebensmitteln nutzbar gemacht werden. Die Agrarökologie stellt eine bestimmte Sichtweise auf unser Verhältnis zur Natur dar…

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    Scoop it – Agroecology

    Compilation of recent international news and press releases in Agroecology (in English and French).

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The IV National Agroecology Encounter in Brazil: Towards a united agroecology

By Leonardo van den Berg and Margriet Goris

While in Europe the debate continues about whether agroecology should incorporate other knowledges and cultures at the same level as science, thousands of people at the recent IV National Agroecology Encounter (ENA) in Brazil strongly affirmed that agroecology is a united struggle. As a leader from the women’s movement asserted: “Agroecology is not only about creating a more horizontal relationship between humans and nature, but also between humans. If we cannot treat people equally, we will never be in harmony with nature”.

The ENA, held in Belo Horizonte from May 31 to June 3, reflected the strong emancipatory and unifying character of agroecology in Brazil. Over 2000 representatives of movements of farmers, landless workers, indigenous peoples, black quilombolas, women and LBTGs joined hands with people who are active in community supported agriculture, urban agriculture, permaculture and others. They show that a united agroecology also means a politically stronger agroecology.

Each year at the ENA, different groups and movements converge to mould strategies for new policies and to strengthen their movements and rights. This has not been without impact. Previous ENAs have resulted in the creation of a new generation of public policies that were praised by the UN, and through which farmers and other movement actors have been able to access land and construct new agroecological practices and local markets.

Participants show that a united agroecology is a culturally richer agroecology. The central them of the 2018 ENA was ‘ Democracy and agroecology: uniting city and countryside’. Social movements and artists performed dance, music, theatre and poetry, incorporating their knowledges and struggles. A variety of traditional and new foods were prepared ranging from vegan hamburgers produced on urban soil to drinks extracted from medicinal plants in the indigenous territories. The ENA also show that a unified agroecology is an ecologically smarter agroecology. Delegates presented a diversity of practices related to farming, resource conservation and food production that correspond to local biophysical circumstances while meeting producers’ needs and aspirations.

To ensure that the vast amount of knowledge and experiences that agroecology in Brazil holds would be represented at the encounter, a series of preparatory processes took place in various bio-cultural territories of Brazil. These included the semi-arid Cerrado and Caatinga, the Atlantic Rainforest, the wetlands of the Pantanal, the Southern plains and the Amazon rainforest, but also in urban metropoles such as São Paulo, Rio de Janeiro, Belo Horizonte and Recife. These preparatory encounters included horizontal exchanges, inspired by the peasant-to-peasant movement, and were held in various rural communities. Delegates to these territorial as well as the national encounters were selected on a basis of fair representations: at least 70% had to be farmers, 50% women and 30% youth.

The ENA culminated in a political statement which praises the agroecological policies that have been constructed in Brazil since the first ENA. The statement however also expresses concerns over the state of democracy in Brazil and the dismantling of agroecological and social policies following the impeachment of president Dilma Rouseff. It reaffirms the need for movements and territories to unite and strengthen the networks that constitute the agroecological movement to counter the dire political situation and foster democracy.

Reflecting on the ENA, and agroecology in Brazil in general, we suggest that Europe should let go of narrow, scientific definitions of agroecology and instead encompass diverse cultures and movements, rooted in different territories, in a wider, emancipatory struggle. This will create a politically stronger, culturally richer and ecologically smarter agroecology.




FAO’s second International Agroecology Symposium

Between April 3 and 5, the second International Agroecology Symposium was held in Rome. “Scaling Up agroecology to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)” was the theme of the meeting. Various members of Agroecology Europe were among the 800 people present at the symposium.

This second International Symposium on Agroecology marked a milestone in the evolution of agriculture and agronomy. FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva called for ‘transformative change’ for healthier and more sustainable food systems, and said agroecology can contribute to such a transformation.  He also emphasized the need to “strengthen the central role of family farmers and their organizations in safeguarding, utilizing, and accessing natural resources and uphold the human rights of family farmers, agricultural workers, indigenous peoples, and consumers, in particular women and youth.”

The symposium made clear that agroecology has emerged as a solution if not the solution for addressing land degradation, and for maintaining forests, water, air quality and biodiversity, to eradicate hunger and reduce the global obesity epidemic. This recognition is the result of many efforts by a large number of actors, including movements of food producers, scientists and FAO’s Agroecology Group. At the event, FAO launched a Scaling Up Agroecology Initiative.

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Speaking about Agroecology with Prince Charles

The vice-president of Agroecology Europe, Alexander Wezel, had the chance to speak about agroecology at ISARA with Prince Charles on 8th May, and inform about Agroecology Europe. Prince Charles of the British Royal Family is a strong supporter of Organic Agriculture.