Agroecology is a scientific discipline, a social and political movement and an agricultural practice that brings together, synthesizes and applies knowledge of agronomy, ecology, sociology, ethno botany, and other related sciences, with a holistic, systemic and strong ethical component, in order to generate knowledge, validate and apply adequate strategies to design, manage and evaluate sustainable agroecosystems.
The scales and dimensions of agroecological investigations go from plot and field scales to agroecosystem and farm scales and research covering the whole food system.
The transdisciplinary and multidimensional character of agroecology makes it possible to overcome the fragmentation and segmentation of knowledge in agricultural and teaching practices; demands participatory processes between social actors and the community as a whole; contributing to establish a holistic formation to intervene in a propositive way in the problems of the territory.
Agroecology is conceived as a holistic model of global change that includes technical, social, organizational and political dimensions. It favors new learning conditions by abandoning old, compartmentalized models of knowledge in which disciplines often ignore the complex realities of human, agricultural, and natural environments. Learning from action research provides answers to immediate questions and contributes in the long run to the consolidation of a sustainable food system based on local reality knowledge and with students prepared to deal with complex problems in the future.
Teaching of agroecology, due to its systemic approach, intervenes in the articulation between learning and the development of capacities to apply and disseminate what has been acquired in various spaces at local and regional level, with the aim of providing tools for decision-making on the management of natural resources and climate change. That is, prioritize clear, medium and long-term strategies in relation to ecological, social, political and cultural aspects that promote sustainable agriculture.
This 3-hour workshop will address the following thematic areas:
- Agroecology as an organizing principle for future programs of higher education
- Holistic thinking as a methodological tool of agroecology education.
- How agroecology must be considered as a key focus to developing alternatives for solving the complex issues of hunger, poverty, food production, climate change, and agricultural sustainability
- Family farmers work, where local practice and knowledge are linked in ways that promote empowerment, opportunity, equity, and hope for women and men of all ages.
- Funds for research, training, and extension programs in agroecology, and recognition of researches that link science to practice and social change.
- Support social agroecological movements, through which research demands arise, to expand agroecology regionally.
Audience: We expect a participation of researchers, professors, extensionists, students, NGO, among others.
- Consolidate agroecology in higher education towards the formation of solid professionals in the subject
- Promote an agroecological network in the ISHS
- Strengthen research and extension projects in agroecology with the methodology Participatory action research (PAR)
- Join for a future symposium on agroecology