SAVIA-Sowing Alternatives for Agro-ecological Innovation

Authors: Marina García Llorente*, UAM, Irene Pérez-Ramirez, UAM, Berta Martín Lopez, Leuphana University
Topics: Food Systems, Europe, Sustainability Science
Keywords: agroecology, scaling, seeds, Spain, transition
Session Type: Virtual Paper
Day: 4/10/2021
Start / End Time: 8:00 AM / 9:15 AM
Room: Virtual 12
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Considering the social and ecological obsolescence of the conventional agricultural model and the crisis facing rural areas, alternative models are required that promote food production while conserving the provision of ecosystem services under inclusive and equitable governance models. SAVIA project explores agroecology from a socio-ecological point of view as a scientific discipline that promotes the multifunctional sustainability of agroecosystems. This communication has the purpose of introducing the research project and presenting the preliminary findings of the first objective focused on identifying and compiling innovative agroecological practices emerging in Spain. In order to cover objective 1, we analyze 30 agroecological initiatives in Spain within the seeds of a good Anthropocene framework (Bennet et al. 2016) examining its positive impact and its transformative effect. The identification of initiatives has been done by digital searching, consultation with experts and reference documents and by a snowball system, then a characterization was done by an online interview. Following the preliminary results, most of these inspiring initiatives are transformative in the environmental practices conducted, economic and organizational model, and its composition. In addition, based on Lam et al. (2020), those initiatives consider that they can amplify their impact to foster an agroecological transformation, particularly by scaling deep, scaling up, and scaling out the initiative.

Theme: Agroecological Transitions in a Transatlantic Context: Concepts, typologies, barriers, drivers and sustainability performance

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