Join in on a Range of Online Workshops with CAWR at the Oxford Real Farming Conference

This year the Oxford Real Farming Conference or ORFC is going online and global with a 7-day programme (7-13 Jan) of talks and workshops from across the world. The event  will give food and farming activists, including producers, researchers, policy-makers and NGOs the chance to come together as a movement to exchange ideas, learn from each other and form new alliances.  It will also provide space to organise ahead of the climate ministers and heads of state gathering, COP26, which the UK is hosting in Glasgow in November 2021. The team at Agroecologynow and …

Shifting European Finance towards Food Systems Tranformation: A Webinar

Biovision Foundation, CIDSE, IPES-Food, AgroecologyNow! at the Center for Agroecology Water and Resilience (CAWR) of Coventry University, the Institute of Development Studies (IDS), Coalition Contre la Faim, DanChurchAid, are presenting a webinar on  “Shifting European Finance towards Food System Transformation”. The event will take place on the 26th of November, from 2 to 4PM CET. More info and register here. Click Here for A Running List of Publications on “Financing Agroecology” It is widely recognised that a radical transformation of food and agriculture systems is urgently needed in order to address converging social, economic, health and …

Live-Streamed Seminar: Agroecology Transitions-Transformations for A more Just and Sustainable Food System

What is needed to make the transition transformation for more sustainable and just food systems? In this Seminar, the AgroecologyNow! group at CAWR will present a framework they have developed for understanding and enabling agroecology transitions-transformations. This material is being developed into a book that will be published in the coming year. This workshop was held on March 7th, 2019. 11am to 1pm (GMT). It was live streamed at: https://www.facebook.com/CovUniCAWR The video was filmed and is available here. We will discuss the enabling and disabling factors that can help agroecology gain geographical and institutional uptake, …

Agroecology Learning Exchange – Uganda

The Agroecology Fund (AEF) and the Alliance for Food Sovereignty in Africa (AFSA) convened the Agroecology Learning Exchange in Uganda from May 10-13, 2016. About 90 people from six continents met for four days on an organic farm and agroecological training centre near Massaka, in central Uganda. The Agroecology Learning Exchange was designed as a playful and stimulating participatory process. The first objective was to share lessons on what we are all doing to promote agroecology in Africa, the Americas, Asia and Europe. The second aim of this Learning Exchange was to identify better …

ORFC16: Building Bridges

Highlights from the Land Workers’ Alliance at the Oxford Real Farming Conference 2016 The Oxford Real Farming Conference is a highlight of the agricultural calendar to farmers, campaigners and activists working for agroecology and Food Sovereignty in the UK. This years conference, January 6th and 7th, was no exception, with delegates joining from across the globe to join the revolutionary discussions. The Oxford Real Farming Conference started seven years ago as an alternative to the decades old Oxford Farming Conference, an annual meeting of large agribusiness, unions and policy makers discussing the future of the …

La Via Campesina, Agroecology and COP21

Recent COP21 talks in Paris might have been a disaster for agroecology. But they were also an opportunity for international activist groups like La Via Campesina to come together and network, share and build the social movements that will change the world. Over 200 members of La Via Campesina, from every continent, met at La Confédération Paysanne Headquarters for a week of meetings, discussions, demonstrations, organising and representing. It was clear, through the conversations, chanting and electric atmosphere that the true power to reclaim our world from climate disaster lies in the hands of the …

Opinion: The Paris Agreement – A Disaster for Agroecology

A reflection on COP21 by Lynne Davis The superlatives used to describe the outcomes of the COP21 talks in Paris might convince us that human kind has made some giant leap toward genuine sustainability. Negotiators from 200 countries came together, accepted that climate change is real, that governments need to act to stop it and most signed a non-binding agreement alluding to that effect. Politicos celebrated while activist groups mourned. The flurry of mainstream media poured praise over the proceedings and, as usual, the voices of the peasants, indigenous peoples, people’s of the global south, …

Putting Agroecology on the Plate in the EU: Joining food providers, the FAO and scientists in the global agroecology movement

“We have built Agroecology through many initiatives and struggles…Policy makers cannot move forward on Agroecology without us… join us in the collective task of collectively constructing Agroecology as part of our popular struggles to build a better world, a world based on mutual respect, social justice, equity, solidarity and harmony with our Mother Earth.” – Declaration of the International Forum for Agroecology, Feb 27, 2015 Globally, agroecology is being taken up by food providers, social movement, scientists, institutions, and in policy as the most important pathway for healthy and just agriculture and food systems. …

DARE UK Meeting (2015)

Exploring Farmer-Led Innovations and Research June 29 to July 2nd saw an inspiring group of farmers and researchers from across Europe come together at Monkton Wyld Court, a sustainable education centre for sustainable living located in Dorset, in the southwestern part of England. This was the forth and final gathering in a series of European exchanges to discuss what it means to bring agricultural research and policy back into the hands of those that it truly impacts, the farmers. The gathering was jointly hosted by the Centre for Agroecology, Water and Resilience (CAWR) at Coventry University …

Launch of Agroecology for Food Sovereignty Project – St. Ulrich Workshop

On March 25-27, we met in St. Ulrich, Germany to launch the project: “Agroecology for Food Sovereignty.” Project partners including GRAIN, the European Coordination of La Via Campesina, the Centre for Agroecology, Water and Resilience, Agronauten, BEDE, FIRAB and the Landworkers’ Alliance met for an initial planning and methodological workshop. This productive meeting led to the solidification of a strategic work-plan based on five key areas of work (figure 1) including: 1) Research on small farm productivity; 2) Research on CSAs and solidarity economy in Europe; 3) Policy analysis + Policy dialogue + Analysis of European …