Mainstreaming Agroecology: Implications for Global Food and Farming Systems

Abstract The Centre for Agroecology and Food Security (UK) has just released a Discussion Paper on the principles and practices of agroecology and how mainstreaming them can potentially meet the challenges facing agriculture and food production. The Papers calls for a wider use of agroecological approaches in the arenas of research, policy, knowledge management, agricultural extension and concludes with an agenda for action.
Contributor The Centre for Agroecology and Food Security, UK
Year Published 2014

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

Abstract 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,

Contributor Universite Catholique de Louvain
Year Published 2013

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