Building, defending and strengthening agroecology

Title Building, defending and strengthening agroecology
Contributor Center for Agroecology Water & Resilience, ILEIA
Author Colin Anderson, Csilla Kiss, Michel Pimbert
Content This publication is based on a research conducted on the meaning and politics of agroecology from social movement perspectives.
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Type of initiative Article
Year Published
Language English
Link http://www.agroecologynow.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/05/Farming_Matters_Special.pdf

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Report of the International Forum for Agroecology

Title Report of the International Forum for Agroecology
Contributor International Forum for Agroecology
Content “We are pleased to present the report of the International Forum on Agroecology, held at the Nyéléni Center in Sélingué, Mali from 24th to the 27th of February, 2015. This represents the first joint vision of Agroecology from the shared viewpoints of all kinds of small-scale food producing peoples, seen from the perspectives of our social movements. This is the first common statement across constituencies, of the pillars and principles of Agroecology. We have endeavored to interpret, understand and share what Agroecology means from the diverse viewpoints of peasants, small-scale farmers, the landless, rural workers, indigenous peoples, hunter-gatherers, artisanal fisherfolk, pastoralists and nomadic peoples, urban communities, consumers and others.”

The report was presented in Rome, 13 October 2015, during a side event on the occasion of the session 42 of the Committee for World Food Security and is now available in English, French, Spanish and Portuguese at www.foodsovereignty.org

Author/s International Forum for Agroecology 2015
Year Published 2015
Language English
Link http://ag-transition.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/10/NYELENI-2015-ENGLISH-FINAL-WEB.pdf

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Ecological Farming – The seven principles of a food system that has people at its heart

Title Ecological Farming – The seven principles of a food system that has people at its heart
Contributor Greenpeace
Content We are living with a broken food system. It needs to be replaced urgently for the benefit of all people, and the planet. Greenpeace’s Food and Farming Vision describes what Ecological Farming means, and how it can be summarised in seven overarching, interdependent principles – based on a growing body of scientific evidence.
Year Published 2015
Language English
Link http://www.greenpeace.org/international/en/publications/Campaign-reports/Agriculture/Food-and-Farming-Vision/

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REPORT | Agroecology: building a new food system for Europe

Introduction
Over the past 50 years, our food system has become both more globalised and more heavily dependent on cheap raw materials, chemical inputs and mechanisation. Big business has moved in, with control of our food increasingly concentrated in a handful of multinational corporations operatingthroughout the food chain. The social and environmental impacts of this system are devastating: small scale farmers and food companies worldwide are driven out of business; obesity and food poverty are rife; while taxpayers and citizens foot the bill as one food crisis follows another.

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Democracy and diversity can mend broken food systems, final diagnosis from UN right to food expert

[10 March 2014] GENEVA – The United Nations Special Rapporteur on the right to food, Olivier De Schutter, today called for the world’s food systems to be radically and democratically redesigned to ensure the human right to adequate food and freedom from hunger. “The eradication of hunger and malnutrition is an achievable goal. However, it will not be enough to refine the logic of our food systems – it must instead be reversed,” Mr. De Schutter stressed during the presentation of his final report* to the UN Human Rights Council after a six-year term as Special Rapporteur.

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Food as a commons: reframing the narrative of the food system

Title Food as a commons: reframing the narrative of the food system
Contributor Universite Catholique de Louvain
Content In this working paper by Jose Luis Vivero*, the very nature of food as a pure private good is contested and subsequently reversed in order to provide a sound foundation for the transition towards sustainable food systems.The proposal is a re-conceptualisation of food as a common good, a necessary narrative for the redesign of the dominating agro-industrial food system that merely sees food as a tradable commodity. This aspirational transition shall lead us to a more sustainable, fairer and farmer-centred food system.

The idea of the commons is applied to food, deconstructing food as a pure private good and reconstructing it as an impure commons that can be better produced and distributed by a hybrid tri-centric governance system compounded by market rules, public regulations and collective actions.

1. A brief explanatory text can be found in the UN University website
2. The powerpoint on the tricentric mode of governance can be found here

 

* PhD research fellow at the Catholic University of Louvain,

Author/s Jose Luis Vivero
Year Published 2013
Language English
Link http://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=2255447

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