Shashe Agroecology School: A true centre of Agroecology and practical food Sovereignty

b_350_0_16777215_00_images_2016-08-29_shashe_agroecology_school.pngFood and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) has hosted on it's Family Farming Knowledge Platform profiles of successful agroecology, carried out by members of La Via Campesina(LVC). This joint effort comes as part of the collaboration between FAO and LVC to promote agroecology. Featured below is the profile of Shashe Agroecology school in Zimbabwe, run and managed by peasant families  of ZIMSOFF, an LVC member. 


The experience of the Shashe community in Masvingo Province, Zimbabwe, is a microcosm of the broader vision of La Via Campesina (LVC). Shashe is a community of peasant farmers who gained their land first through a land occupation, and were then benefitted by the Fast Track Land Reform Program implemented by the Government of Zimbabwe in 2000. The land that they now farm was formally the landholdings of absentee cattle ranchers, and today this land produces far more food than ever before, food produced largely through ecological farming practices.

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Karnataka, India: Workshop on agroecology at Amritabhoomi

b_350_0_16777215_00_images_2016-08-09_Abhoomi.jpgAmrita Bhoomi, La Via Campesina's agroecology school in Karnataka (India), is collaborating with farmer-trainers of Baduku Community college to provide an intensive workshop on agroecology to the youth in the region. 

The fifteen-day course, spread over a period of three months includes theoretical and pratical sessions.

The course, which began with an introspective and self-reflective session allowed the participants to analyse their own contexts and histories, enabling them to look deep within themselves.

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More Farmers, Better Food - A framework for British Agricultural Policy

2015-04-LWA-logo-small.jpgPress Release

 August 1, 2016

The Landworkers' Alliance today announces eight key recommendations that will form the foundation of our post-Brexit representations to Defra and the Government's Environmental Audit Committee.

The task of creating a post-Brexit 'British Agricultural Policy' that support producers, protects the environment and prioritizes access to healthy, nutritious food for all is a complex but essential one. It represents a great opportunity if the government is ready to listen to the needs and desires of all stakeholders and put in place a truly long-term plan for resilience, equality and justice in food and farming.

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Agroecology Learning Exchanges in Uganda

b_350_0_16777215_00_images_2016-07-08_Uganda_Training.jpgFive members representing La Via Campesina, attended the Agroecology Learning Exchanges in Uganda, held between 10-13 May 2016. This meeting was organized by the Agroecology Fund and Alliance for Food Sovereignty (ASFA) in Africa in Masaka, Uganda and was hosted by St Jude Family projects. 

In a series of interactions and presentations to facilitate an understanding of the different efforts by various groups to scale up agroecology, representatives of LVC spoke about the emphasis given to setting up of Agroecology schools; details about the Mali Agroecology Forum to articulate what agroecology is and what it is not; details of actions resisting industrial agriculture; efforts to defend agroecology from co-optation; details about research and publication of successful cases within LVC and many instances of successful collaboration with allies such as ETC and Grain.

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