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Scaling Out Agroecology at the Continental Level: An introduction to the People’s Agroecology Process, from grassroots collective power to international solidarity

Authors: Terran Giacomini*, , Katia Aviles-Vazquez*, University of Texas - Austin
Topics: Social Geography, Agricultural Geography, Political Geography
Keywords: Agroecology, social movements, scaling out, encounters, popular education, international solidarity, Canada, USA, Puerto Rico, decolonization
Session Type: Paper
Day: 4/7/2020
Start / End Time: 10:15 AM / 11:30 AM
Room: Virtual Track 8
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The People’s Agroecology Process is an initiative of small-and-medium scale farmers, farm workers, Indigenous peoples, fisherfolk, urban growers and their allies in Canada, the United States and Puerto Rico to build power ‘from below’ to reclaim territories from capitalist-colonial agribusiness. The People’s Agroecology Process emerged out of the 2015 Campesino a Campesino Agroecology Encounter in Apopka/Fellsmere, FL where food producers and their supporters identified a need to deepen their understanding of technical aspects and political dimensions of agroecology as a counter to encroaching capitalist cooptation and greenwashing. From 2015 to 2019, the People’s Agroecology Process has participated in and organized 10 Agroecology Encounters, linking initiatives for food sovereignty across territories and sectors. We discuss several ways in which the Process “scales out” agroecology and how these vary across local contexts: (1) organizing Agroecology Encounters to facilitate collective learning and exchanges, centring the perspectives and actions of farmers, farmworkers, fisherfolks and urban growers--most especially women, people of colour and Indigenous peoples among them; (2) drawing on popular education methodologies that are feminist, decolonizing and anti-racist to bring people together to address localism, individualism, sexism, colonialism, racism and other power divisions; (3) building international solidarity, including through La Vía Campesina, to share knowledge and strategies at multiple sites of exploitation-resistance within the global agribusiness value chain.

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