Interview: “Agroecology is an epistemological revolution”

Title Interview: “Agroecology is an epistemological revolution”
Contributor Farming Matters Magazine, ILEIA Center for Learning on Sustainable Agriculture
Author Diana Quiroz
Content Victor M. Toledo is a Mexican ethnoecologist and social activist at the National Autonomous University of Mexico. His work focuses primarily on the study of agroecological and knowledge systems. In this interview, Victor M. Toledo explains why co-creation of knowledge is an integral part of agroecology and discusses the changes that are needed for this form of agriculture to gain ground in the global
arena. He argues that agroecology is in itself a major shift in our relationship with knowledge.
Type of initiative Interview
Year Published
Language English
Link http://www.agriculturesnetwork.org/magazines/global/co-creation-of-knowledge/interview-201cagroecology-is-an-epistemological-revolution201d

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“A revolution of thought is necessary” – Interview with Cantave Jean-Baptiste

Title “A revolution of thought is necessary” – Interview with Cantave Jean-Baptiste
Contributor ILEIA
Author Steve Brescia
Content Interview > Cantave Jean-Baptiste is a Haitian agronomist and rural development practitioner with more than three decades of experience supporting sustainable agriculture and strengthening peasant organisations. He is Executive Director of Partenariat pour le Développement Local (PDL) in Haiti, and a founding member of Groundswell International. Farming Matters asked Mr Jean-Baptiste how family farmers can build resilience in Haiti, a country where an estimated 80% of the population lives in poverty.
Type of initiative Interview
Year Published
Language English
North America HAITI
Link http://www.agriculturesnetwork.org/magazines/global/resilience-faces/interview-cantave-jean-baptiste

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Agroecology and the right to food – Interview with Olivier De Schutter

Title Agroecology and the right to food – Interview with Olivier De Schutter
Contributor ILEIA
Author Margriet Goris
Content Interview > Olivier De Schutter – “Agroecology is really common sense. It means understanding how nature works, to replicate the natural workings of nature on farms in order to reduce dependency on external inputs. Agroecology preserves the ability for future generations to feed themselves. I believe we should teach more about agroecology and encourage exchanges between farmers. We cannot continue in this impasse of an oil dependent food production system.”
Type of initiative Interview
Year Published
Language English
Link http://www.agriculturesnetwork.org/magazines/global/resilience-faces/interview-olivier-de-schutter

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“We are a political and economic force”

Title “We are a political and economic force”
Contributor AgriCultures Network
Author Teresa Gianella
Content About 23 years ago, in Santiago del Estero, a province in the north of Argentina, the Peasant Movement of Santiago del Estero Via Campesina (MOCASE -VC) was established. One of its leaders is Deo Sumaj, an impressive peasant woman of the Vilela indigenous people. “Peasant family farming could provide many answers to the crises that humanity faces.”
Type of initiative Interview
Year Published
Language English
South America ARGENTINA
Link http://www.agriculturesnetwork.org/magazines/global/family-farming/interview-deo-sumaj

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Farmers in Focus: Advocate for sovereign seed systems

Title Farmers in Focus: Advocate for sovereign seed systems
Contributor AgriculturesNetwork
Author Holly Whitesides
Content Holly Whitesides and her husband are trying to go “against the grain” of industrial agriculture in the United States. They use their family farm and their work on saving seed to convince other farmers and groups of the importance of a sovereign seed stock.
Type of initiative Interview
Year Published
Language English
North America U.S.
Link http://www.agriculturesnetwork.org/magazines/global/family-farming/farmers-in-focus

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“We need to support what farmers are already doing”

Title “We need to support what farmers are already doing”
Contributor AgriCultures Network, ILEIA
Author ILEIA
Content Interview with Medius Bihunirwa, head of the Farmer Enterprise Development Unit at Kabarole Research and Resource Centre (KRC), Uganda. Medius works with smallholder farmers, enhancing the quality of their produce and improving their access to markets. In her role as member and researcher of the Hivos/IIED Knowledge Network, she has delved deeper into the concept of farmer agency and their interest in being part of a value chain.
Type of initiative Interview
Year Published
Language English
Africa UGANDA
Link http://www.agriculturesnetwork.org/magazines/global/markets/interview-medius-bihunirwa

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Entrevista a Norman Uphoff

Title Entrevista a Norman Uphoff
Contributor AgriCultures Network, ILEIA
Author ILEIA
Content Entre 1990 y 2005, Norman Uphoff, profesor emérito de Gobierno y de Agricultura Internacional en la Universidad de Cornell, se desempeñó como director del Instituto Internacional de Cornell para la Alimentación, la Agricultura y el Desarrollo (CIIFAD por sus siglas en inglés). Durante este tiempo se familiarizó con el SICA, en inglés System of Rice Intensification-SRI) en Madagascar, y se dio cuenta de que “algo raro estaba pasando”, ya que los agricultores obtuvieron rendimientos medios de ocho toneladas de arroz por hectárea, en lugar de sus habituales dos toneladas.
Type of initiative Interview
Year Published
Language Español
Link http://www.agriculturesnetwork.org/magazines/latin-america/el-sica/entrevista-norman-uphoff

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“SRI is something unprecedented”

Title “SRI is something unprecedented”
Contributor AgriCultures Network, ILEIA
Author ILEIA
Content Interview with Norman Uphoff, Professor Emeritus of Government and International Agriculture at Cornell University, former director of the Cornell International Institute for Food, Agriculture, and Development (CIIFAD) from 1990 to 2005. During this time he became acquainted with the System of Rice Intensification (SRI) in Madagascar, and realised that “something unusual was going on” as farmers were obtaining average paddy yields of eight tons per hectare instead of their usual two tons. Recognising the huge potential benefits, he has been working ever since to promote the testing, evaluation and understanding of SRI. “People can overestimate my role as easily as they can underestimate it… the truth is that the actual work has been done by thousands of people around the world.”
Type of initiative Interview
Year Published
Language English
Link http://www.agriculturesnetwork.org/magazines/global/sri/interview-norman-uphoff

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A conversation with Miguel Altieri

Title A conversation with Miguel Altieri
Contributor Mindfully.org
Author Russell Schoch
Content Berkeley’s Miguel Altieri, an associate professor of insect biology in the College of Natural Resources, has a world-wide reputation for his alternative solution: “agroecology,” or sustainable agriculture, which respects the knowledge of indigenous peoples, protects the environment, and promotes social equity.
Type of initiative Article, Interview
Year Published 2001
Language English
Link http://www.mindfully.org/GE/GE2/Miguel-Altieri-Agroecology.htm

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