Deconstructing & Decolonizing Science for Agroecology

Deconstructing & Decolonizing Science for Agroecology

Next week I will be giving my Middle of Year Presentation with Gaia University. You are super welcome to join the webinar! It’s 4pm UK time.

“During this webinar, Nicole will share her work on deconstructing science – specifically how applied agroecological science, such as soil science or plant ecology, is inseparable from agrarian social thought and social movements. This call aims to begin conversations on deconstructing science, exploring its historical and contemporary relationships to the state, capitalism, and colonialism while still embracing critical research and inquiry.

There will be a short presentation follow”

Report: Education for Agroecology

OP2 Eduction for AgroecologyI am currently in the process of completing an MSc Political Agroecology with Gaia University. It’s pretty slow-going as a part-time endeavor amongst all my other projects and all the stressful challenges I’ve had to contend with at late!

However, I am excited to share my second Project Report for my Capstone Year. It’s called Education for Agroecology and you can find it here: http://portfolios.gaiauniversity.org/view/view.php?id=9344

In this report, I share the key findings of my research exploring education and agroecology. I have sought to discover successful models from around the world that have been inspiring and supporting people to practice agroecology; the application of ecology to the design and management of sustainable agroecosystems. Agroecology has been described as a whole-systems approach to agriculture and food systems development based on traditional knowledge, alternative agriculture and local food system experiences. The field of agroecology has been framed as both a science, movement, and practice.

This report shares the insights into how successful agroecology learning opportunities have been designed, structured and resourced. It also includes commentary on the various curriculums, as well as the common forms of pedagogy (the method and practice of teaching). Finally, it highlights the role of education in accelerating agroecology and gives recommendations to organisers and educators in this field.

I would love to hear your feedback. Drop me an email at nicole@emptycagesdesign.org

New report: How to amplify agroecology

schermafbeelding-2016-11-17-om-10-40-07-e1479376501441A new report has just been released online on how to amplify agroecology. It brings together the insights from a landmark meeting on building the agroecology movement. Over 70 individuals shared the fruit from decades of hard work and activism.

Check it out here: https://www.ileia.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/11/AEF-Report-2016-BAJA-FINAL-1.pdf

They came together to discuss factors for successful amplification of agroecology, as opposed to traditional ‘scaling up’, and identified key lessons from their work.

The four day Agroecology Learning Exchange took place in Uganda and was organised by the AgroEcology Fund and the Alliance for Food Sovereignty in Africa in May 2016.

End of Year Presentation

I’ve finally finished the first year of my MSc Political Agroecology with Gaia University. Its taken me over two years to get through this first phase. Studying, documenting, researching and sharing my work while in the midst of starting a workers cooperative, organising projects & campaigns and managing four acres of land has been a challenge! Thankfully with its liberating structure and abundant support networks, I have never felt alone. Please see some of my key learnings in my end of year presentation below:

New overview of Agroecological Research in the UK

The Ecological Land Cooperative have produced an overview of research on ecological agriculture in the UK. They commissioned this synopsis in order to inform their own work, and to provide a shared information resource for others in the field. The project was crowd funded back in 2011 via BuzzBnk.

A new section of their website provides an overview of research, both completed and underway, linking the browser to institutions and papers. They’ve also complied a directory of UK research institutions who engage with agroecological issues.

Check it out here: http://ecologicalland.coop/uk-agroecology