AUTHOR

Articles

Editorial – Co-creation in the practice, science and movement of agroecology
March 23rd, 2016

Knowledge building is central to agroecology rooted in family farming. But why? What type of knowledge, and whose knowledge is mobilised? This issue of Farming Matters explores what we really mean by co-creation of knowledge in agroecology, why it is so essential for today’s challenges, and how it takes place around the world. In agroecology, … Read moreEditorial – Co-creation in the practice, science and movement of agroecology

Opinion: Women farm through knowledge sharing
March 23rd, 2016

In an attempt to solve problems, people collectively ask questions and discuss and implement solutions. Elizabeth Mpofu describes how knowledge co-creation is commonplace in the lives of people and in agroecology. From these processes, social, political, and practical innovations emerge. Learning is a lifetime activity. Nowhere is this clearer than in agriculture, and especially among … Read moreOpinion: Women farm through knowledge sharing

A farmer NGO-scientist synergy in Honduras
March 23rd, 2016

Farmers are plant breeders when they select and save the seeds of the plants best adapted to the conditions in their fields. For over two decades, farmer breeders in Honduras have been working with scientists and NGOs to develop new bean varieties. In a context of high agrobiodiversity, limited public sector agricultural research capacity and … Read moreA farmer NGO-scientist synergy in Honduras

Opinion: Learning from citizens
March 23rd, 2016

Knowledge held by citizens provides insights about new food cultures and practices. While acknowledging the usefulness of top-down tools, Oliver De Schutter argues that the state should also embrace the need to learn, observe and be surprised by citizen-led initiatives. The transition towards sustainable food systems has often been conceived on the basis of two … Read moreOpinion: Learning from citizens

Locally rooted: Ideas and initiatives from the field
March 23rd, 2016

Two (or more) heads are better than one, goes the old saying, and the same is true in agroecology. As we see here, when people from diverse backgrounds come together, their different perspectives and experiences are fertile ground for creativity and innovation to blossom. Mali Crops and livestock: You can have them both Farmers in … Read moreLocally rooted: Ideas and initiatives from the field

Institutionalising dialogue in Rwanda through innovation platforms
March 23rd, 2016

A platform of farmers, retailers and service providers,civil society organisations, NGOs, government officials, and researchers improves livelihoods in Rwanda. Through interaction and collaboration, these groups experiment with various technological and institutional innovations, thereby tackling local agricultural challenges. This experience illustrates the importance of institutionalising a space where knowledge can be co-created. The high altitude hills … Read moreInstitutionalising dialogue in Rwanda through innovation platforms

Inspired by peers: Farm Talks in Dutch biodynamic agriculture
March 23rd, 2016

In the Netherlands, a peer review method for farmers arose as an alternative to the biodynamic certification system. By collectively observing and discussing sitespecific challenges, these biodynamic farmers experience first-hand the power of collaboration and drive commitment to sustainability beyond the standards of biodynamic certification. As we pass the rows of lettuce, cabbage and leek, … Read moreInspired by peers: Farm Talks in Dutch biodynamic agriculture

Co-creating the agricultural biodiversity that feeds us
March 23rd, 2016

The co-creation of knowledge about agricultural biodiversity is an essential part of peasant strategies for survival and autonomy. Facing the threats of the industrial model of production and consumption, peasants and social movements are defending agroecology and their dynamic management of agricultural biodiversity. Together with others, they are building collective knowledge about developing localised, biodiverse … Read moreCo-creating the agricultural biodiversity that feeds us

Perspectives: Strengthening people’s knowledge
March 23rd, 2016

For the past half century agricultural innovation has denied a voice to the many groups who work outside the profession of science – farmers, food providers, women and the urban poor. The value of their expertise gained through practical experience must be recognised in the production and validation of knowledge. Padma, who has travelled 300 … Read morePerspectives: Strengthening people’s knowledge

MIND! Books and films
March 23rd, 2016

Adapting to climate uncertainty in African agriculture: Narratives and knowledge politics Stephen Whitfield, 2015, Routledge 210 pages. ISBN: 9781138849334 Risk, uncertainty, ignorance, ambiguity –these are not simple words of speech but rather conditions of incomplete knowledge. This book examines the challenges of adaptation in smallholder farming in Africa, analysing the social, economic, political and climatic … Read moreMIND! Books and films