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Geographical perspectives on agroecological practices around the world I: Food sovereignty dimensions of decolonial and peasant agroecology praxis

Type: Paper
Theme:
Sponsor Groups: Geographies of Food and Agriculture Specialty Group
Poster #:
Day: 4/7/2020
Start / End Time: 10:15 AM / 11:30 AM (MDT)
Room: Virtual Track 8
Organizers: Colleen Hammelman, Charles Levkoe
Chairs: Colleen Hammelman

Description

In the past decades, agroecology has gained momentum as a set of practices, visions and strategies for developing more sustainable food production and harvesting and ensuring food sovereignty in both rural and urban landscapes (Altieri & Nicholls, 2017). As a response to the destructive ecological and social consequences of capitalism and settler colonialism, an agroecology approach aims to integrate ecological and equitable practices across food systems with a reliance on experiential knowledge from a diversity of actors (Isaac et al., 2018). It emphasizes knowledge sharing and co-creation, collaboration and the transformation of unjust social, political, and economic structures. However, agroecology also represents contested terrain at risk of co-optation by some governments and big corporations seeking technocratic solutions while continuing business as usual (Giraldo & Rosset, 2018). Agroecology is a science, practice, and social movement, driven by specific environmental, social, and economic goals to produce distinct contextual practice, territorial strategies, and material realities. Accordingly, this session seeks to examine the practices and contestations of agroecology in and among diverse geographies.

We invite paper presentations that:
• Analyze agroecology approaches across global, national, and local scales
• Examine the role of different actors – such as social movements, Indigenous groups, the state, and global institutions – in framing agroecology debates
• Investigate contestations within agroecological praxis
• Apply critical frameworks to agroecology
• Present case studies from diverse world regions and/or diverse perspectives
• Otherwise engage with pressing debates on agroecological practice


Agenda

Type Details Minutes Start Time
Presenter Charles Levkoe*, Lakehead University, The Future of Agroecology in Canada: Embracing the Politics of Food Sovereignty 15 10:15 AM
Presenter Terran Giacomini*, , Katia Aviles-Vazquez*, University of Texas - Austin, Scaling Out Agroecology at the Continental Level: An introduction to the People’s Agroecology Process, from grassroots collective power to international solidarity 15 10:30 AM
Presenter Ryan Galt*, University of California, Davis, Natalia Pinzón, Geography Graduate Group, University of California, Davis, Agroecology and the social sciences: a review of engagements as contributions, synergies, and harmonies 15 10:45 AM
Presenter Colleen Hammelman*, University of North Carolina - Charlotte, Elizabeth Shoffner, University of Washington, Governing bodies and the environment: A political ecology analysis of agroecology practice in Rosario, Argentina 15 11:00 AM

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