Agroecology for food sovereignty
April 18th, 2017

In what ways is agroecology a means to food sovereignty? In Brazil, claiming land rights was the first step along one group of farmers’ pathway to autonomy. The next was to develop and maintain agroecological practices. To achieve this goal, these farmers never worked alone. Strong self-organisation and long-lasting partnerships enabled them to redesign their … Read moreAgroecology for food sovereignty

How territorial cooperatives carved an unconventional pathway
September 15th, 2014

Charming as it may seem, the landscape of the Northern Frisian woodlands in the Netherlands would have looked very different today if dairy farmers had not organised themselves in territorial cooperatives and forged alliances to challenge policies, laws, and the dominant view on farming and nature management. Friesland, in the north of the Netherlands, is … Read moreHow territorial cooperatives carved an unconventional pathway

Gaining control : “Re-peasantisation” in Araponga
December 22nd, 2011

Innovative policies in Brazil, such as the Zero Hunger Programme, have significantly reduced poverty in the past decade. Yet, land distribution remains a serious challenge: 46% of all land is controlled by 1% of the population. In Araponga, farmers have not only been able to acquire land: they have increased their options in a sustainable … Read moreGaining control : “Re-peasantisation” in Araponga