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Agroecology Now!

Transformations Towards More Just and Sustainable Food Systems

Authors: Anderson, C.R., Bruil, J., Chappell, M.J., Kiss, C., Pimbert, M.

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  • Develops a framework for understanding and advancing agroecology transformations
  • Argues for the importance of bottom up food governance and deepening democracy for agroecology transformations
  • Critiques the dominant food regime
  • This is an Open Access book
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This open access book develops a framework for advancing agroecology transformations focusing on power, politics and governance. It explores the potential of agroecology as a sustainable and socially just alternative to today’s dominant food regime. Agroecology is an ecological approach to farming that addresses climate change and biodiversity loss while contributing to the Sustainable Development Goals. Agroecology transformations represent a challenge to the power of corporations in controlling food system and a rejection of the industrial food systems that are at the root of many social and ecological ills. In this book the authors analyse the conditions that enable and disable agroecology’s potential and present six ‘domains of transformation’ where it comes into conflict with the dominant food system. They argue that food sovereignty, community-self organization and a shift to bottom-up governance are critical for the transformation to a socially just and ecologically viable food system. This book will be a valuable resource to researchers, students, policy makers and professionals across multidisciplinary areas including in the fields of food politics, international development, sustainability and resilience.

About the authors

Colin Ray Anderson is Associate Professor at the Centre for Agroecology, Water and Resilience, Coventry University, UK. His research focuses on food systems, sustainability transitions, social movement organizing and knowledge mobilization.
Janneke Bruil is a co-founder, facilitator and researcher at Cultivate!, an international collective that works with social movements to advance healthy and just food systems rooted in agroecology. She is also an active member of Voedsel Anders, the Dutch food sovereignty platform.
M. Jahi Chappell is the Executive Director of SAAFON (the Southeastern African-American Farmers’ Organic Network), the author of the award-winning book Beginning to End Hunger, and Honorary Research Fellow at the Centre for Agroecology, Water, and Resilience, UK.
Csilla Kiss works as International Research Engagement and Liaison Officer at the Centre for Agroecology, Water and Resilience at Coventry University, UK. She supports collaborative research across the world on socially just and ecologically sustainable food systems.  
Michel Patrick Pimbert is Professor of Agroecology and Food Politics as well as Director of the Centre for Agroecology, Water and Resilience at Coventry University, UK.  

Reviews

“At a time of converging crises— social, environmental, economic, health— agroecology is capturing global attention as a real alternative to the industrial food system and a way to mitigate climate change, biodiversity loss, the loss of farming knowledge, farmer insolvency, and more.  This timely book presents how agroecology, as a transformative vision and practice, combats the exploitative capitalist food system of oppression and marginalization, not only of the world’s farmers but of the primacy of human well-being and ecological health.  This book is an indispensable guide to transformative agroecology in its multiple domains, illustrated through multiple case studies and analysis of the roles of governance and power.” (Molly D. Anderson, William R. Kenan Jr. Professor of Food Studies at Middlebury College, USA)

Table of contents (12 chapters)

Table of contents (12 chapters)
  • Introduction

    Pages 1-8

    Anderson, Colin Ray (et al.)

  • Origins, Benefits and the Political Basis of Agroecology

    Pages 11-28

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  • Conceptualizing Processes of Agroecological Transformations: From Scaling to Transition to Transformation

    Pages 29-46

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  • Domain A: Rights and Access to Nature—Land, Water, Seeds and Biodiversity

    Pages 49-66

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  • Domain B: Knowledge and Culture

    Pages 67-84

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Agroecology Now!
Book Subtitle
Transformations Towards More Just and Sustainable Food Systems
Authors
Copyright
2021
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-3-030-61315-0
DOI
10.1007/978-3-030-61315-0
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-030-61314-3
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XIV, 199
Number of Illustrations
19 illustrations in colour
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