Call for contributions: Special Issue on Doing Participatory Action Research (PAR) in a time of COVID and Beyond

Invitation to contribute to Frontiers in Sustainable Food Systems A Special Issue is currently being prepared on the topic of “Doing Participatory Action Research (PAR) in a time of COVID and Beyond” to Frontiers in Sustainable Food Systems by researchers connected to AN! We encourage scholar-activists or researcher-practitioners from within social networks and scholarship to co-author work that raises important questions about how we might think about and approach our work differently. If your work engages with PAR and food systems (within the broader realms of interpretation), and you are interested/willing to be listed as potential …

Agroecology or Collapse: Part 1 – From Emergency Responses to Systemic Transformations

In this first of a three-part contribution to Agroecologynow, Paulo Petersen and Denis Monteiro present the current moment as a crisis in capitalism that demands systemic and structural responses based in solidarity and feminist economics. This lays the foundations for agroecology as a new organizing paradigm for food systems that holds the key to preventing the collapse of our living systems as we know them. Earlier versions of these pieces were previously published in Portuguese. Part II available here. As we try to reimagine our world, we must look at the countryside. There we …

2020 – a Super Year for Biodiversity?

At the end of February, a meeting of the Convention on Biodiversity (CBD) to develop the post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework was held in FAO, Rome. I was there with the IPC for Food Sovereignty. Delegates were preparing a plan of actions needed to reverse biodiversity loss. The hype leading up to the meeting was that it marked the start of a ‘Super Year for Biodiversity’. An ever-vocal Civil Society representation present at the meeting, was clamouring for transformative changes, including expanding the use of biodiverse agroecology. But, as the IPC reflected after the meeting there’s also a need to confront corporate …