SOW YOUR RESISTANCE – SEME TA RESISTANCE

Final Declaration of the Organisers of the International Gathering for Food Sovereignty in Pau, France. BEDE- Réseau Semences paysannes – Confédération Paysanne de l’Aude-Village d’Emmaus Lescar-Pau. More than 250 representatives of civil society and peasant organisations have been hosted by companions in the Emmaus Lescar-Pau village; they have come from 29 countries and met on 24th- 27th September 2015 to share their experiences, best practices and ideas about how to best defend food sovereignty in our communities and our society. In all of our countries, our regions and our villages we are affected by …

Seeds in the Hands of Farmers

Twenty-five years ago, GRAIN got started with a focus on seeds, and it has remained a central focus of our work. The biodiversity in farmers’ fields is eroding at alarming rates, while corporations are reaching unprecedented levels of control over seeds through their push for hybrid and genetically modified seeds. Around the world, governments are promoting or allowing restrictive seed and intellectual property laws that grant exclusive power to the corporate sector while limiting the ability of small farmers to save, exchange and further develop their own varieties. But peasant- and citizen-led movements are …

Jardin Interior: Spaces for Transformation in Seville.

Urban spaces and urban food systems are continuously challenged, negotiated and remade by women and men, as groups and as individuals. Whilst much has been written about the radical potentials of urban agriculture, the reality is less clear. Urban gardens reflect broader social and economic trends as well as the individual and collective politics of the gardeners and other users of the space. As such, there is nothing inherently radical about either urban gardens or urban food producers. But the idea of the right to the city is about the process of autogestion; the …

Community Supported Agriculture in Europe

A comprehensive overview of Community Supported Agriculture in Europe has been released by Urgenci – The International Network for Community Supported Agriculture.  The report aims to give insight into the state of Community Supported Agriculture across Europe, exploring the range of emerging food distribution systems, particularly direct marketing and producer or consumer led models, from 22 countries. It explores examples of community initiatives in some detail, with focus on historical, cultural, legal and economic contextualisation to make it possible for groups to adapt and learn from and with each other. “Each cultural group that …

Beyond Paris: the global food system, a driving force behind the climate crisis

The global food system is one of the main drivers of climate change. By our calculations, it is responsible for around half of all global greenhouse gas emissions. Still, the issue is hardly being talked about at the climate summits that governments hold every year. How is that? Agriculture is supposed to be about turning the energy provided by the sun into something that people can eat. But the corporate driven global food system mostly relies on fossil energy: the chemical fertilisers and pesticides, the mechanisation of the farm, the pumping up of water …

Agroecological family farmers can become “the backbone of food security in Europe”

In September 2015, family farmer Jyoti Fernandes spoke at a Policy Debate in the European Parliament. Being part of the UK Landworkers’ Alliance and the European Coordination of La Vía Campesina (host of the debate), Jyoti articulated the need for the EU to support family farmers and for farmer organizations to be given voice in policy decisions related to food and agriculture in the EU: “We need real change to the laws that work deliberately against us: those about being able to save and produce your own seed and we need reform in the …

New publication: Building, defending and strengthening agroecology

September 2015: A new publication  (Français and Español) and video explore the meaning and politics of agroecology from social movement perspectives. They are produced by the Centre for Agroecology, Water and Resilience (CAWR) of Coventry University and ILEIA, the Centre for Learning on Sustainable Agriculture. “Agroecology is the answer to how to transform and repair our material reality in a food system and rural world that has been devastated by industrial food production and its so-called Green and Blue Revolutions. We see Agroecology as a key form of resistance to an economic system that puts …

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. …

Agroecology – Vision, Practice, Movement: Voices From Social Movements

A movement is growing. While agroecology has been practiced for millennia in diverse places around the world, today we are witnessing the mobilisation of transnational social movements to build, defend and strengthen agroecology as the pathway towards a most just, sustainable and viable food and agriculture system. This video explores the meaning, practice and politics of agroecology from a social movement perspective. We have produced two versions of the video – one short and one full length. These films is accompanied by a multimedia publication that further explores these issues: Anderson, C. R., Pimbert, …

Democratising Agricultural Research Europe

Project Description Democratizing Agriculture Research in Europe, or D.A.R.E., is a European Union funded Grundtvig project that aims to foster face-to-face exchange of experiences, practices, methodologies and co-operation between agricultural producers, researchers and food activists to increase awareness on the cultural, social and economic dimensions of European agro-environmental initiatives. DARE is built on a partnership between 4 organisations: the Centre for Agroecology, Water and Resilience (CAWR) at Coventry University in the United Kingdom, Fondazione Italiana per la Ricerca in Agricoltura Biologica e Biodinamica (FIRAB) in Italy, Biodiversité, Échanges et Diffusion d’Expériences (BEDE) in France and  the Fédération …