Some important changes are going to take place in ILEIA in 2017. In a recent meeting the ILEIA Board has decided that after over 30 years of work to support family farming rooted in agroecology, the organisation has to close on July 1st, 2017. The reason for this decision is that we did not succeed in raising sufficient funds to keep the organisation going in the present mode.
This has been a difficult decision. The good news is that the AgriCultures Network, founded by ILEIA, is alive and kicking. With the Network we are exploring new ways to carry forward ILEIA’s legacy, globally and in Europe, and continue supporting the practice, science and movement of agroecology and family farming.
Two issues of Farming Matters are still in the pipeline and we would welcome your contributions. The March issue will be dedicated to food sovereignty in practice and the June issue will explore the role of agroecology in climate resilience.
We have appreciated the collaboration with all of you over the years. We are especially grateful to the farmers who have worked with us to analyse and share the lessons they learnt during often hard and pioneering work in the fields of our planet. You continue to be a great source of inspiration.
We understand this message will raise many reactions. Do not hesitate to contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions or suggestions.
We will inform you about further developments in the near future.
With warm regards on behalf of the ILEIA team,
Edith van Walsum,