Agroecology is a science, practice and movement defined in the daily lives of millions of families worldwide. It represents both a form of agricultural production and a process for organizing and building community self-determination. Agroecology brings communities together in the creation of their own solutions to produce healthy food and conserve soil, water and seeds. Though agroecology relies on local knowledge and resources, the efforts to “scale up” and “scale out” agroecology are global. “Scaling up” — increasing support from institutions and policymakers — and “scaling out” — spreading agroecology to other farmers and communities — are critical aspects of strengthening the movement.
Join the Global Alliance for the Future of Food and WhyHunger, small holder farmers and social movement leaders as they highlight the social, political, cultural, nutritional, and spiritual meaning of agroecology and seed biodiversity to communities worldwide. Join with other SAFSF members to discuss the role of philanthropy in scaling out and scaling up agroecokogy.
WhyHunger will share excerpts from its forthcoming publication which highlights the perspectives of women social movement leaders in their struggle to resist the negative impacts of industrial agriculture on their families, communities, livelihoods and land, and to promote agroecology as a solution.
Jennifer Astone, executive director, Swift Foundation
Alejandro Argumendo, program director, Asociación ANDES
Lauren Baker, strategic initiatives and programs, Global Alliance for the Future of Food
Alison Cohen, senior director of programs, WhyHunger