Agro-ecology debated in Wageningen – grassroots science series

Under the heading of Grassroots sciences St. Otherwise has organised a new series to debate the agro-ecology approach, see the website for the programme and to make a reservation.

Monday, March 18 will be the next event, called The power of agro-ecology. This is part of the Rode Hoed debate series ‘It is the Food Stupid’. Venue: Forum building, Wageningen.

The agro-ecology movement is gaining momentum worldwide. Family farmers, sometimes in collaboration with researchers, have successfully developed agro-ecological innovations that use local resources and work with nature to strengthen production systems, increase farmer autonomy and maintain productivity. This makes farming more resilient, and less dependent on expensive external inputs such as chemical fertilizer and pesticides. What has agro-ecology achieved? Can  it feed the world? What choices can we make to give it a fair chance? And what  challenges are there for Wageningen University? Irene Cardoso (professor of soil science and vice chair Brazilian Agroecology Association) and Tom Saat (organic farmer and winner of the 2012 Ekoland Innovation Prize) share their insights and experiences. You are invited for a drink afterwards. Follow it live at http://wurtv.wur.nl/. Find out more on Facebook.

Tuesday March 19: Agroecology initiatives in the Netherlands, Forum, Wageningen.

Always wanted to know what agroecology is? What it can mean for you? If it can be of any use for the European context? Get inspired by initiatives, that are happening in Brazil, India and just around you. What shape is agroecology to take in the Netherlands? What existing initiatives are already agroecological? Feel invited to be involved in one of the initiatives, share your ideas, suggest a new initiative, or simply come and listen.

Wednesday March 20: Making agroecology work, Forum, Wageningen

This workshop is a follow up on the brainstorm session of the day before (Agroecology initiatives and the Netherlands), although you are also welcome if you didn’t manage come to that session. In an interactive manner, working groups will elaborate on existing ideas and initiatives, and discuss and plan ways to strengthen the movement for agroecology. Depending on the day before, the focus will be either on defining what agroeology can mean in the European context, or on new initatives related to the topic.

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