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Opinion: Safeguarding diversity in home gardens
December 22nd, 2015

In most cultures, the home gardens are women’s territory. Pablo Tittonell describes how female farmers safeguard the most important inheritance we may receive, one that is essential for agroecology, for future food and for nutritional security: cultural and biological diversity. I always have to think about the etymology of the terms ‘economy’ and ‘ecology’ when … Read moreOpinion: Safeguarding diversity in home gardens

Opinion: Learning from nature
September 22nd, 2015

Pablo Tittonell makes the case that we can learn from nature about how to restore the soil’s capacity to capture and store water. Moreover, he argues, this agroecological solution brings many additional benefits for society. The need to increase water availability for agriculture through the construction of dams, channels or costly irrigation systems has dominated … Read moreOpinion: Learning from nature

Opinion: Finding food security in the rural-urban continuum
June 9th, 2015

Pablo Tittonell argues that it is high time we rethought the role of farms that straddle the rural–urban continuum. Peri-urban farming contributes to food security, buffers shocks and maintains agrobiodiversity. Only recently I realised that when I was a child, my grandfather was practicing a form of urban agriculture in our backyard in the outskirts … Read moreOpinion: Finding food security in the rural-urban continuum

Opinion: Catching up with farmers’ knowledge in the IYS
March 22nd, 2015

Historically, scientists learnt from farmers to unravel the interplay between nature and farming. Pablo Tittonell believes that this year, the International Year of Soils, presents an opportunity to foster a true dialogue of wisdoms, bringing farmer knowledge and scientific knowledge closer together again. The United Nations is bringing a welcome impetus to the call for … Read moreOpinion: Catching up with farmers’ knowledge in the IYS