AGRICULTURE / AGROECOLOGY
We believe in Food Sovereignty for everyone, everywhere
Despite the myth that industrial agriculture feeds the world, over a billion people go hungry. Most of them farmers.
The dominant agricultural system commodifies food, detaching it from its origin and disregarding the lands and hands that cultivate it.
It pits producers and consumers against each other, erases local food systems, perpetuates climate change, and dehumanizes us all.
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In September 2022, leaders of the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA) surprised thousands of in-person and virtual delegates to its annual African Green Revolution Forum with the announcement that both the organization and its signature event were “rebranding.” It turns out, they dropped “green revolution” from their names. But you wouldn’t have known it from the launch event at the Forum.
In late July, a short article was published in a Malawian newspaper: “Press Release on Organization of Seed Fairs.” Issued by the Ministry of Agriculture, Irrigation, and Water Development, in conjunction with the Seed Traders Association of Malawi, the short statement advised the public that “only quality certified seed suppliers registered with Government to produce and/or market seed should be allowed to display seed at such events.” The release was signed by Bright Kumwembe for the Agriculture Ministry.
Aljazeera: Africa is not a monoculture; We reject the plan to make it one.
Efforts to impose industrial agriculture on African countries threaten the sustainability of African food production
Elephant: Africa’s Land Use Problem: Is Green Revolution Agriculture a Solution or a Cause?
December 3, 2021 - It is a myth that the only way to increase productivity on existing agricultural lands is through Green Revolution programmes and evidence shows that they are among the principal causes of unsustainable land use.
Food Tank: UN Backs Seed Sovereignty in Landmark Peasants’ Rights Declaration
On December 17, 2018 - the United Nations General Assembly took a quiet but historic vote, approving the Declaration on the Rights of Peasants and other People Working in Rural Areas, by a vote of 121-8 with 52 abstentions. The declaration, which was the product of some 17 years of diplomatic work led by the international peasant alliance La Via Campesina, formally extends human rights protections to farmers whose “seed sovereignty” is threatened by government and corporate practices.
Most developing countries voted in favor of the resolution, while many developed country representatives abstained. The only “no” votes came from the United States, United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand, Hungary, Israel, and Sweden.
How does agroecology influence household food security? While previous studies have found that adopting agroecological practices can have a positive effect on smallholder household food security, there is limited understanding of how this transition occurs. This mixed-methods study draws on data from an ongoing agroecology project in Malawi to engage with debates about if and how an agricultural paradigm shift can contribute to smallholder food security. Researchers interviewed 60 farmer participants of an agroecology intervention to examine the mechanisms by which recent adoption of crop diversification and soil management practices had altered household access to a stable, adequate and diverse diet.
Agroecology for Food Insecure Countries, 2020
Building sustainable farming foundations with agroecology
In the highlands of Madagascar, farmers produce rainfed rice, roots and tubers, and fodder crops to maintain their livestock. Like many small farmers, they are limited by land and resources;
increasing the productivity of their cropland is thus the goal of many, but without depending on expensive agricultural technologies and inputs. For decades, NGOs, researchers and farmers have collaborated to promote locally appropriate agroecological practices that improve the sustainability of farming systems by increasing efficiency, substituting external inputs for locally available ones, and redesigning cropping systems.