Agroecology has a broad scope and includes many different meanings. The term has been used to describe an interdisciplinary scientific field, to characterize a set of farming practices, and to name convergent social initiatives. In this course we will identify their common root (the agroecological lens) and learn how to use it as a transformative tool for social and environmental justice. The agroecological lens will be used to reflect step by step, traversing perspectives from a narrow scope (the field) to the broadest level (the food system). Throughout this process, diverse themes ranging from soil care to food sovereignty will be explored. Case studies from initiatives around the globe will be used to inspire enhanced understanding of the actions and perspectives necessary to successfully develop one’s own agroecological project. Successful stories with positive effects can radiate their energy and contribute to the improvement of society beyond their locality.
Upon completion of this course participants will be able to:
Understand the various meanings of agroecology and its specificities in order to address relevant food and farming system issues,
Jump the gap between theory and action by exploring crucial themes and agroecological approaches,
Use the ‘agroecological lens’ to critically evaluate the sustainability of current practices both in conventional and alternative systems,
Link agroecological tools and designs with inspirational real-life situations in order to learn how to apply agroecological principles in daily life.
This course is facilitated by the International Agroecology Action Network (IAEAN) a consultancy group composed of ultra-motivated scientists willing to work hard to change the world. Although we are all agroecologists, we combine our diverse backgrounds and skills in order to dynamically implement sustainable and effective projects. Our pool of available consultants offer a wide range of skills and competences. We seek to improve society through our actions and research and we believe that both grassroots and top-down approaches are necessary to drive systemic change. Our members are currently involved in international organizations, private companies, development associations and in academic spheres.
Feedback from previous course participants
“Understanding that agroecology is a new cross-sectoral science, a practice and a movement was pivotal for me, particularly the incorporation of the social justice and food sovereignty movements. It enabled me to find a home, under one umbrella, for all that our NGO is trying to achieve with our project. This has simplified our planning processes and made sense of a complex array of inputs. The course material and the instructors’ guidance and thoughtful and knowledgeable feedback led me to resources that have enriched my knowledge and I discovered important resource material and information that I didn’t know I needed to know! Thank you.”