This six-session debate and lecture series from 25 January to 1 March will examine the different perspectives from which we can approach agroecology as a discipline of fundamental importance to the present and future of our shared planet.
The agroecological approach to agriculture is more attuned to the environment and more sensitive to social issues, focusing not only on crop production but also on the environmental sustainability of production systems. Agroecology adds three key elements to the equation: ecological focus and concern for the environment and for society. In short, a broad overview of agroecology with an emphasis on today’s social and environmental reality.
Themes and aims. The sessions will explore the following themes:
- Agroecology: A Viable, Caring, Ethical Strategy
- Comprehending What Comprises Us: Foundations for a Global Vision of Agrosystems
- Political Ecology: Ideas for a Time of Crisis
- Agroecology and Food Markets: Km0 and Local Markets
- The Ecological Agriculture Movement around the World: Strategies for the Future
- Strategies for Sustainable Rural Development
- Analysis of the Ecological Food Chain
- Food Quality and Safety
- Alternative Strategies and New Economic Models
- Agroecology as the Basis of a New Rural Reality
- Introduction to a Caring, Humane Economy
- Climate Change: Implications for a Collapsed Planet
- Sustainability as a Rural Development Strategy at the FAO
Speakers: José Manuel Naredo, Complutense University of Madrid; Miquel Porta, Autonomous University of Barcelona; Yayo Herrero, Transitions Forum; Antonio García Allut, University of Santiago de Compostela; Ana Regina Segura, Spanish Agency for International Development Cooperation (AECID); and Jorge Riechmann, Autonomous University of Madrid.