At Oxford Real Farming Conference (‘ORFC’) 2020, we organised an interactive session entitled ‘Gearing Up for Agroecology; Transforming Publicly Funded Research and Innovation for the Public Good?’. It was chaired by member of the Food Ethics Council, Patrick Mulvany. Speakers included Helena Paul, EcoNexus; Nina Moeller, Centre for Agroecology, Water and Resilience (CAWR), Coventry University ; and Adam Payne, Landworkers’ Alliance (LWA).
We explored how to transform publicly-funded research for agroecology and help broaden the coalition – initiated at ORFC 2019 – pressing for scientific, technical and socio-economic research and innovation to prioritise the transformation towards a biodiverse, food sovereignty-based, agroecological food system. Now, with many recent reports and heightened awareness about the climate/ ecosystem/ nutrition crises, agroecology (a proper definition) should be claimed as the basis for a research agenda fit for real food and farming, through a collective citizen/farmer-led approach. We discussed possible ways forward with participants and plan to follow-up on next steps for this coalition in the coming months.
“Agroecology connects soil health to gut health to community health to planetary health”
Nina Moeller, Centre for Agroecology, Water and Resilience, Coventry University
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