Agroecology and Organics in Sikkim – New Video and Upcoming Talks

When the government of Sikkim (Northeast Indian State) won the prize for “Best Policy to Scale Up Agroecology” in the world, my interest was piqued. I have long been grappling with questions about the role of government in Agroecology, food sovereignty and other forms of bottom-up alternative paradigms. The issue of Organics in Sikkim has provided some food for thought. In my experience, government can provide some support in enabling and shielding grassroots initiatives. On the other-hand (and more often) play a key role in containing, coopting and suppressing alternatives (see this article). Curious …

Scaling Agroecology – Some of The Latest Thinking in 6 Edited Collections!

There has been a lot of talk about the scaling of agroecology as a new paradigm for food and agriculture. There have been calls for scaling up, scaling out, massification, transitions, transformations and more. This new thinking on how to advance agroecology couldn’t be more relevant in the growing ecological and social crises. A range of collections of articlesand chapters have recently been published that we thought we’d draw your attention to (below). This work resonates with our own research in this area (see this recent publication on “Domains of Transformation” for agroecology). If …

Theories of Change: Understanding and Clarifying Action and Difference

The Centre for Agroecology, Water and Resilience (CAWR) at Coventry University (in the UK) recently hosted a workshop to “collectively strengthen relationships, learning/analysis and collaboration for people who are involved in research and knowledge work that advances movements for agroecology and food sovereignty”. This blog post is part of series of posts written by attendees to convey some of the ideas that unfolded during the workshop. For previous entries see here and here. By Josh Brem-Wilson Dancing, laughing, lots of table tennis. These somewhat unexpectedly will be amongst my enduring memories of a fascinating …

A Guide to Mapping for Food System Change – A New Publication

Many people and organisations interested in agroecology and food sovereignty are mapping. It is all the rage!  People are mapping farms, markets, crop varieties and livestock breeds, soil fertility and water management practices, policies and more. Mapping is being used as an important way to advance agroecology and food sovereignty. The urge to map responds to a need to document, better understand and make visible the rapid emergence and evolution of agroecology and food sovereignty initiatives and movements.  Researchers at the AgroecologyNow initiative at the Centre for Agroecology, Water and Resilience (CAWR) and Cultivate! …

Farm Hack shows us everything that it is wrong with UK agricultural training and research

Farm Hack is a response to a need – not only for access to often fundamental agricultural knowledge, but also for a different way of organising, relating, and owning in UK farming systems. It is almost entirely in opposition to the agricultural research and educational mainstream, which is predicated on large-scale technologies, top down knowledge transmission, and intellectual property regimes.  In this opposition there is a lot to celebrate – but also urgent problems to address. Farm Hack – like most political interventions – is not the answer, but a call to arms; it …

Re/Nuevas Alianzas: Trabajando hacia la colaboración entre agricultores y académicos para la soberanía alimentaria en América del Norte

El Centro de Agroecología, Agua y Resistencia de la Universidad de Coventry (Reino Unido) organizó recientemente un taller para “fortalecer colectivamente las relaciones, el aprendizaje/análisis y la colaboración de las personas que están involucradas en la investigación y el trabajo de conocimiento que promueve los movimientos por la agroecología y la soberanía alimentaria”. Estamos agradecidos por haber participado, y por la profunda y reflexiva organización y facilitación que nos permitió avanzar en este objetivo. Como académicos y organizadores que buscamos fortalecer la agroecología y la soberanía alimentaria en el contexto norteamericano, utilizamos el taller …

These Extraordinary Times: Indigenous Peoples and coalition building for agroecology and food sovereignty

Above: Members of a Euro-American motorcycle club work alongside citizens of the Athabascan Nation to launch a fish wheel in the Copper River, Alaska. By Carol Kalafatic The Centre for Agroecology, Water and Resilience (CAWR) at Coventry University (in the UK) recently hosted a workshop to “collectively strengthen relationships, learning/analysis and collaboration for people who are involved in research and knowledge work that advances movements for agroecology and food sovereignty”. This blog post is part of series of posts written by attendees to convey some of the ideas that unfolded during the workshop. * …

Re/New Alliances: Working towards farmer-scholar collaboration for food sovereignty in North America

Above: Street demonstration during the the IV National Assembly of the US Food Sovereignty Alliance in Bellingham, WA, October 2018 | Credit: David Meek by Jahi Chappell, Saulo Araujo & Ernesto Mendez The Centre for Agroecology, Water and Resilience (CAWR) at Coventry University (UK) recently hosted a workshop to “collectively strengthen relationships, learning/analysis and collaboration for people who are involved in research and knowledge work that advances movements for agroecology and food sovereignty”. We are grateful to have participated, and for the deep and thoughtful organization and facilitation that allowed us to move this …

We’re Hiring – Associate Professor in Political Ecology and People’s Knowledge

The successful candidate will join a dynamic, transdisciplinary team engaged in research that contributes to the development of socially just and resilient food and water systems. The post holder will contribute to the collaborative  leadership of the Centre for Agroecology,Water and Resilience, with emphasis on advancing political ecology and people’s knowledge throughout the programmes of the Centre. S/he will develop transdisciplinary research initiatives that bridge the divide between differing traditions of research – such as that between positivist science and participatory action research – as well as between different knowledge systems. S/he will extend …

Collective and/or community rights to land, seeds and natural resources for agroecology in East Africa – Workshop

Secure access to and control over land, seeds and other natural resources is key to agroecology. If properly recognized and implemented, collective and/or community rights over these resources represent a powerful and viable alternative to private ownership. Community rights can contribute to the sustainable management of natural resources, and protect them against land grabbing. Yet, there is a lack of research on how community rights are recognized in legal and policy frameworks; how they are realized in practice; how actors currently engage in collective action to defend their land, seeds and natural resources; which …