Marginalised worldviews hold the key to climate change adaption: Reflections from the International Adaptation Futures Conference, Cape Town

In the climate change arena there are two main streams of work – mitigation, which are measures we need to take to stop emissions and halt climate change, and adaptation – the varied practices we are taking and can take to adapt to living with the new conditions that climate change brings.

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A Personal Reflection From a Visit to Soil, Food, and Healthy Communities In Malawi

John P. Wilson tells us about an exchange between farmers from Zimbabwe and Malawi.

What I concluded from this trip to northern Malawi is that we must try and strengthen the link between the academic world and CSOs on Agroecology and Food Sovereignty. But we must also be strategic about this in some way. It’s not going to be possible to have the level of documentation that SFHC has achieved everywhere. I don’t think that’s realistic. How can we ensure that at least some of our work is documented to the kind of level that SFHC has achieved?

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In Defense of their Food, Ecuadorians Protest Unconstitutional Entry of GMOs

As soon as 2012, Correa publicly stated the GM prohibition was a ‘grave mistake’ pushed through by ‘leftist activists’. Ever since, he has been advocating for Ecuador to develop a national GM research center, arguing that Ecuador having its ‘own’ GMOs would entail an exemplary form of food sovereignty. Until recently, this seemed unlikely. But a newly adopted seeds law opened the door for Correa’s plan, however unconstitutional, four days before he left office.

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Agroecology is the heritage & tradition of indigenous peoples

The North East Slow Food and Agrobiodiversity Society (NESFAS) is a grassroots organization in Shillong, India, that is closely linked to the Rome-based Indigenous Partnership for Agrobiodiversity and Food Sovereignty. NESFAS promotes ecologically and culturally sustainable agriculture and food systems...

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Agroecology: A Path We Walk On to Defend Mother Earth

When we received the invitation to participate in the learning exchange in Uganda, it seemed impossible to travel to such a distant land that is Africa. We were requested to bring a farmer, preferably a woman, to join this gathering, but it was difficult to convince them to travel.

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Agroecology as an Organizing Principle

This past spring I was fortunate to participate in the AgroEcology Fund’s learning convening in Masaka, Uganda. I saw how through careful collaboration, philanthropy can benefit and perhaps solve some of its own most fundamental problems by applying agroecological principles to organizational procedures. The term “agroecology” is a philosophy...

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Gleaning the Wisdom: 7 Diverse Voices for Agroecology

Last month, the AgroEcology Fund in partnership with the Alliance for Food Sovereignty in Africa, hosted a convening with over 70 delegates from 20 countries in Masaka, Uganda. Farmers, social movements, funders, scientists and policy advocates dialogued on amplifying agroecological solutions in the context of a changing climate, land grabs and corporate control of seeds.

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