Agroecology Now! 1

Type: Paper
Sponsor Groups: Geographies of Food and Agriculture Specialty Group, Rural Geography Specialty Group
Poster #:
Day: 4/3/2019
Start / End Time: 8:00 AM / 9:40 AM
Room: Governor's Room, Omni, Lobby Level
Organizers: Colin Anderson, Michael Jahi Chappell, Jessica Milgroom
Chairs: Colin Anderson


Agroecology is a radical alternative to the dominant approaches to food and water systems and is poised to meet the urgent need for dramatic changes in agriculture and food systems. Especially over the last five years, agroecology has rapidly been adopted by scientists, governments, the FAO, farmer organisations and food producers around the world. It is gaining legitimacy as a way to address climate change, confront food and nutrition insecurity, meet the SDGs and to realize food sovereignty.

Agroecology promotes functional biodiversity and nutrient cycling and is based on circular systems that mimic natural ecosystems. It can help cool the planet and improve the livelihoods and autonomy of food providers. Agroecology emphasizes the collective knowledge of food providers and indigenous peoples, and emphasizes transforming the social, cultural, economic and political structures that are viewed as the root causes of the multiple crises in the food system. Thus, there is growing interest in the potential of agroecology in the transitions towards sustainable and just food systems.

Yet, the question of how to transition towards just and sustainable food systems through agroecology requires further thought and strategizing in light of recent changes in political opportunities, grassroots experimentation and innovation, social movement mobilization and the deeply entrenched industrial-corporate food regime.

This session will include contributions that examine different aspects of transitions and transformations in food systems through agroecology. Using a range of theoretical frameworks and drawing on case studies in different regions and contexts, papers in this session will unpack the processes that are variously referred to as amplification, massification, scaling up, scaling out, scaling deep, transitions or transformations for agroecology.

The Agroecology Now! sessions are jointly convened by researchers at the Center for Agroecology, Water and Resilience (CAWR) and the Agroecology Research-Action Collective (ARC). CAWR is driving innovative, transdisciplinary research on the understanding and development of resilient food and water systems internationally, with research and graduate programs spanning many approaches and disciplines. CAWR awards PhDs and an MSc in Agroecology, Water and Food Sovereignty. Visit for more information.

The ARC is a North American group of scholar-activists and activist-scholars working on issues of farm justice, food justice, food sovereignty, and agroecology. As engaged scholars, ARC commits to organizing the scholarly community to prioritize movement-relevant and partnership-based research, elevate the scientific validity and worth of knowledge created outside the academy, provide asked-for social movement support, and pursue advocacy to effect positive change.


Type Details Minutes Start Time
Presenter Paul Rogé*, University of California - Berkeley, Chuang Liu, Renmin University of China, Overcoming challenges for the transition to agroecology in the mountainous regions of China 20 8:00 AM
Presenter Alissa White*, University of Vermont, Joshua Faulkner, University of Vermont Extension, Farmer networks and the nature of change in the Northeastern US 20 8:20 AM
Presenter Michael Jahi Chappell*, Coventry University, Michel Pimbert, Coventry University, Jessica Milgroom, Cultivate!, Csilla Kiss, Coventry University, Janneke Bruil, Cultivate!, Colin Ray Anderson, Coventry University, Domains of transition between niche and regime: The globalization of agroecology as a case study 20 8:40 AM
Presenter Janica Anderzén*, Agroecology and Livelihoods Collaborative (ALC), University of Vermont , Alejandra Guzmán Luna, Colegio de la Frontera Sur (ECOSUR), Mexico, Martha Caswell, Agroecology and Livelihoods Collaborative (ALC), University of Vermont, Mateo Mier-y-Terán, CONACYT-ECOSUR , Scott C. Merrill, University of Vermont, Diana V. Luna-González, University of Waterloo, V. Ernesto Méndez , Agroecology and Livelihoods Collaborative (ALC), University of Vermont, Rigoberto Hernández Jonapá , Campesinos Ecológicos de la Sierra Madre de Chiapas (CESMACH), Assessing livelihood diversification in smallholder coffee communities in Chiapas, Mexico: A Participatory Action Research (PAR) approach 20 9:00 AM
Discussant Christopher Bacon Santa Clara University 20 9:20 AM

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