BILIM Agroecology Network for Europe and Central Asia

Bilim is a community of organizations active in Agroecology* from Eastern Europe and Central Asia region crearet in 2022. Bilim means Knowledge in Turkish and some other Central Asian languages. The community brings together grassroots movements, organizations, NGO’s and other groups organizing peasants and small-scale food producers, indigenous peoples, academics, women and youth.

The members of Bilim community are practicing and / or promoting Agroecology on the ground and /or at policy level, with a focus on protecting biodiversity and cultural heritage, placing smallholders’ knowledge at the center of food systems. Our work is guided by our cultural diversity and the Nyéléni Declaration on Agroecology, UNDROP and UNDRIP . This alliance is facilitated by four organizations: Schola Campesina, Elkana, Eco Ruralis and ADI.

BILIM community is a space for:

  • sharing of experiences and knowledge
  • alliance and coordination to mainstream Agroecology and Human Rights at a policy level
  • building concrete solidarity.

Bilim community in 2023  includes more than 25 organisations from 19 counties. The community is open to organizations recommended by Bilim members** based on trust and common values defined in Nyéléni Declaration on Agroecology.

What we do

Agroecology Network Forum Bilim

The first Agroecology Forum for Eastern Europe and Central Asia involving 22 organizations of 19 countires of the region was held in Turkey in 2022, with a subsequent edition in 2023.

Agroecology Schools

Farmers' knowledge, especially that of women, remains undervalued in Central Asia and Eastern Europe region. Recognizing and leveraging this knowledge is crucial for the development of agroecology. The Agroecology school model is a vital tool for that.

Elkana organic farming conference

Supporting national events and exhanges

Our goal is to fortify the agroecology movement in the region by supporting local events on biodiversity, farmers' seeds, and other agroecology-related activities, while also fostering exchanges among participants.

UNDROP and policy advocacy

Coordinating advocacy for the implementation of the Declaration of Rights of Peasants and other perole living in rural areas (UNDROP), advancing policy recognition of farmers' seeds, and advocating for a farmer-driven educational system.

Webinars

Our webinars and online dialogues encompass a knowledge-sharing series, presenting tools and experiences for organizing and facilitating agroecology schools, outlining steps towards developing a farmer-centric seed system, and showcasing experiences of agroecological organizations from around the world.

Actions of solidarity in crisis situations.

Implementing solidarity actions to support organizations facing crisis situations.

Stories from Bilim

The  series of interviews where we present inspiring stories, people and unique organisations from Europe and Central Asia who work for agroecology development in their regions. You can read the first two interviews below. The interviews are created by the Bilim partner AgroPermaLab from Poland

Traditional Saami Ways of Eating

 “We have four traditional activities in our region that provide us food: hunting, reindeer breeding, fishing, wild fruits collecting like berries, but also mushrooms and herbs. Traditionally agriculture was not our thing. But with the influence of Russian population we...

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Shortening the Supply chain in Kyrgyzstan

 “This is our idea in practice – giving full information to urban consumers and at the same time supporting small-scale farmers” – says Madina Sadirdinova from Agency for Development Initiatives from Kyrgyzstan in an interview with Barbara Kurek from Agro-Perma-Lab...

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The Ukranian way to understand agroecology

“A good thing is that Ukrainian farmers became more visible, they are recognized and became heroes together with our soldiers. (…) No matter what, pandemia, war, nuclear attack or the end of the world – farmers need to work in...

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Restoring Peasants’ Dignity (Georgia)

Interview with Elene Shatberashvili (Elkana) by Paulina Jeziorek (Agro-Perma-Lab) “Our strength is in diversity, taste, flavour, quality, tradition and hospitality. That is why agroecology is so important for Georgia. If we develop an agroecological way, we maintain what is our...

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