Title of document: Building, Defending and Strengthening Agroecology. A Global Struggle for Food Sovereignty

Authors: Colin Anderson, Michel Pimbert and Csilla Kiss

Ministry/Government Agency/Organisation: ILEIA, Centre for Learning on Sustainable Agriculture, the Netherlands & Centre for Agroecology, Water and Resilience.

Year of publication: 2015

Geographic focus: Worldwide

Summary: “Agroecology is the answer to how to transform and repair our material reality in a food system and rural world that has been devastated by industrial food production and its so-called Green and Blue Revolutions. We see Agroecology as a key form of resistance to an economic system that puts profit before life. […] Our diverse forms of smallholder food production based on Agroecology generate local knowledge, promote social justice, nurture identity and culture, and strengthen the economic viability of rural areas. As smallholders, we defend our dignity when we choose to produce in an agroecological way.

– Declaration of the International Forum for Agroecology, 2015

This article is based on research about the meaning and politics of agroecology from social movement perspectives.