Agroecology is a term that is used widely to refer to agricultural practices that regenerate the land and landscape on which they are practised. With the relatively recent awareness that agriculture accounts for a significant contribution to global land degeneration and greenhouse gas emissions there is a growing movement to make agriculture sustainable: agroecology.
However, agroecology often focuses purely on the environmental sustainability of agriculture. The needs and rights of the people and farmers actually working on the land can be neglected to focus on measurable ecosystem services.
In many contexts this is paradoxical. Farmers that have been practising agriculture traditionally for generations are encouraged to give up their practises – that feed and nourish communities – in exchange for climate smart agricultural practices. At the same time researchers are studying traditional farming practises to find that many provide higher yields, particularly in a variable climate. The knowledge and practice of peasants and traditional land workers around the world is all too often disregarded by institutions and researchers from very different backgrounds and landscapes.
And yet peasants and traditional farmers globally have been practising sustainable agriculture in a vast variety of practises for thousands of years. Cultures have intimate knowledge of land, water, seeds and food that have provided ample food for their communities and generally have maintained a stable climate. Communities have methods of economic exchange that work for them. Peasants and traditional farmers from around the world have the right to access and control their systems for food and land management. This right is often referred to as Food Sovereignty.
This site aims to focus on agroecology from the perspective of food sovereignty. The site aims to amplify the rights of people’s around the world to define their own food systems. It aims to respect and celebrate the validity and importance of local knowledge and value systems in understanding what agroecology means. Here, we wish to amplify the work of social movements around the world that are working to reclaim this right, in the face of multiple scientific and economic motivations from institutional and corporate agents that repeatedly deny it.