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How to amplify agroecology
September 22nd, 2016

 Download the expanded PDF version of this article Read this article in French or Spanish “Agroecology is a process. You cannot expect a process to be perfect immediately. But once you make a step, you are moving.” With these words, Ugandan farmer Jowelia Mukiibi captured both the essence of the agroecological transition and the attention of her … Read moreHow to amplify agroecology

Call for articles: Food Sovereignty in practice
September 22nd, 2016

Deadline 1 december 2016 For many people, food sovereignty remains an abstract term. Therefore, Farming Matters believes the time has come to ‘unpack’ it. What does food sovereignty look like in practice? And how is it taking shape in Europe, specifically? How do efforts to gain food sovereignty in Europe influence the rest of the … Read moreCall for articles: Food Sovereignty in practice

The true cost of food
September 22nd, 2016

Patrick Holden is a farmer and director of the Sustainable Food Trust, an organisation in the United Kingdom providing leadership, influencing research and policy and sharing information on the sustainable transition of food systems. In this article Holden tells his story of True Cost Accounting, an initiative that addresses the invisible costs of so called … Read moreThe true cost of food

Seeing is believing: urban agroecological transition
September 22nd, 2016

Agroecology has come to stay within the northern Nigerian state capital city of Kaduna. The farmers now produce more diversified products all year round. Over the past two years, the practice of intercropping has spread from farmer to farmer. Although formal support for their practices are lacking, the farmers remain hopeful that this will change. … Read moreSeeing is believing: urban agroecological transition

Interview: “Impact studies are crucial for the amplification of agroecology”
September 22nd, 2016

Clara Nicholls is the president of the Latin American Scientific Society for Agroecology (SOCLA). For over three decades, she has worked in Latin America teaching, researching and promoting agroecological alternatives to industrial agriculture. She has also provided technical advise to a number of peasant organisations. In this interview Clara argues for more participatory research to … Read moreInterview: “Impact studies are crucial for the amplification of agroecology”

Perspectives: How peasants read their farm
September 22nd, 2016

Whereas yield increases are considered central in modernised agriculture, they can be seen as just one element of impact in peasant farming. In assessing their farms, peasants depart from the specificities of their farm, the ecosystem in which it is embedded, the society and the markets in which they operate, and the possibilities and limitations … Read morePerspectives: How peasants read their farm

Agroecology ensures our future well-being
September 22nd, 2016

Edward Mukiibi of Slow Food Uganda appeals to young African farmers, agronomist and food activists to embrace agroecology to safeguard our future. As a young African with a farming background, like many out there, I cannot underestimate the contributions of agroecology to the sustainability of our fragile ecosystems. It is undeniable that African land is … Read moreAgroecology ensures our future well-being

Heartfelt impact of agroecology
September 22nd, 2016

Farmer Madelyn Álvarez Díaz explains how the agroecological movement in Cuba has grown from aiming to improve soils to striving for farmers’ political self-determination. “My name is Madelyn Álvarez Díaz and I am a peasant. I also coordinate the agroecological peasant-to-peasant movement in the Cienfuegos province, in Central Cuba. On our family farm, we use … Read moreHeartfelt impact of agroecology