AgroecologyNow co-delivers first Autumn School on ‘ways of knowing for agroecological transitions’

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Gaza’s food systems under siege

AgroecologyNow’s Georgina McAllister recently visited Gaza, where she works on Gaza Foodways, a transdisciplinary research project with over 160 women producers as well as civil society and academic partners. This piece applies the lens of Gaza’s rich food culture to past and present attacks on its territorial food systems. It considers how the 15-year blockade, the annexation of farmland and fisheries, and regular airstrikes that target farming and other essential infrastructures have shaped Gaza’s contemporary food system and stretched it to breaking point.

Harvesting is an act of indigenous food sovereignty

In this blog AgroecologyNow’s Jessica Milgroom and her co-author Simone Senogles argue that for Indigenous Peoples the very act of harvesting, hunting, and fishing is a powerful assertion of food sovereignty. In this context, food sovereignty is about relationships and responsibility rather than rights. It is a pathway of responsibility to plant and animal relatives, respect for mother earth, relationship with self and community.  Read this article here:

Putting Indigenous knowledge into practice for climate change: the Tribal Adaptation Menu

Indigenous knowledge offers invaluable insights for how to approach climate change. In this article co-authors Jessica Milgroom and Annette Drewes describe a tool called the Tribal Adaptation Menu that provides a set of concrete, practical strategies, approaches and tactics for ways to incorporate indigenous thinking into planning, policy, research and interventions for researchers, policy-makers and practitioners. It also describes the fundamental shifts in thinking and relating to the natural world that offer a key to effective climate adaptation. Read article here:

Spirituality is deeply anti-systemic: An interview with Indigenous thinker Antonio Gonzalez from the Aj Mayon Collective, Guatemala

In this article, part of AgroecologyNow’s Food Sovereignty and Spirituality series, indigenous thinker and activist Antonio Gonzalez from Guatemala talks about the importance of spirituality in Indigenous Peoples’ struggles to recover and affirm their identity and defend their territories. He shares the journey he undertook with the Aj Mayon Agroecological Collective to link agriculture with culture and rekindle ancestral knowledges and practices. He recalls his first encounter with the “mistica” and distinguishes the mistica from Mayan spiritual practices: Read article here

AgroecologyNow co-delivers first Autumn School on ‘ways of knowing for agroecological transitions’

As part of the RISE ATTER project, the AgroecologyNow team co-designed and delivered a 7-day autumn school at Monkton Wyld Court in Dorset, UK. The main objective of this week-long collective space was to bring together researchers and practitioners from across the world who want to exchange, learn and advance their thinking and practice on agroecological transitions. Read full account here:

Ecofeminism, agroecology, food sovereignty and African philosophy: Exploring values in contemporary social movements 

In this blog, Frederique Bosque, masters’ student at Wageningen University (Netherlands), examines the potential overlaps between values embodied in African worldviews. The article is based on ideas conveyed by African thinkers in a course on African philosophy, and values promoted by social movements on ecofeminism, agroecology and food sovereignty who are fighting for radical food system transformation. Read article here:

Solidarity statement in support of the Maasai Indigenous Peoples of Loliondo and Ngorongoro Conservation Area in Tanzania

Maasai Indigenous Peoples have preserved their environment and lived in coexistence with their local wildlife for centuries. Now the Tanzanian Government is arguing that they are a threat to the environment, and that the only way to protect it is to remove the people from their ancestral lands. Around 160,000 Maasai Indigenous Peoples are currently affected by the unilateral decision of the Government of Tanzania to forcefully evict them out of their ancestral lands to promote tourism and trophy hunting. Read how civil society networks in Africa are standing with the Maasai:

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