Documents on Agroecology

We collected documents on different topics related to agroecology to enhance the work of small-scale food producers’ organizations and other agroecology and food sovereignty allies.
We display the documents in regards to the 11 pillars of Agroecology (Nyéléni Declaration)

Agroecology has been defined by social movements that gathered in Nyéléni (Mali) in 2015.
The pillars and strategies of Agroecology are fully described in the Nyeleni Declaration.

Introduction to the work done by civil society organisations (IPC) on food and agriculture global governance within the global institutions: FAO, Committee on World Food Security (CFS), the Civil Society Mechanism (CSM) and the human rights-based approach to food, agriculture and nutrition. Introduction to FAO’s overall strategies (Strategic Objectives, Sustainable Development Goals) and FAO’s partnership policy.

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Exploration of different ways of building farm autonomy: valuing local knowledge, farmers’ technologies for water and energy management, soil fertility and the multi-functionality of farming (for more information on technological sovereignty, please see: L’Atelier paysan, and Farm Hack )

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  • Agroécologie en pratiques. Guide (2010). Agrisud international. FR

  • Guía para el sondeo agroecológico de suelos y cultivos CATIE – Centro Agronómico Tropical de Investigación y Enseñanza (2013). ES

  • Guide technique d’agronomie et d’agro-écologie dans le contexte de la rive-ouest du Lac Alaotra (Madagascar) (AVSF, 2010). FR

  • Manual di compostaje domestico (Benmagec). ES

  • Manual de elaboración de productos naturales para la fertilidad y control de plagas y enfermedades (Agruco, 2010). ES

  • Manual de agricultura urbana (ARVOL, 2012) ES

  • Producción de Hortalizas Orgnánicas. Manual del Cultivo Biointensivo de Alimentos (Las Cañadas). ES

  • Suelos saludables, plantas saludables: la evidencia agroecological (Clara I. Nicholls y Miguel A. Altieri (2008). ES

Explore the link between women’s empowerment and food sovereignty, the role of women in transforming food systems.

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How to share knowledge amongst food producers? Tools for peasant knowledge recovery, development and dissemination. How to boost our capacity to innovate and to share innovations? The role of agroecology schools (IALA, MST, CAC, Eur. Network) and others initiatives and networks (Agroecologia espora,etc). Basic principles of popular education (horizontal dialogue of knowledge, diálogo de saberes).

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Role of the territory and the local management of food systems for food sovereignty. Introduction to the Bio-district. Local policies and sustainable management of natural resources. Urban-rural linkages and farmers-consumers linkages.

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Knowledge and power relations, people’s access to knowledge and know-how as a political issue.

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Intellectual property rights, criminalization of farmers’ seeds, international treaties and regulations, seeds, international actors and roles (CGIAR, FAO), institutional lock-ins, farmer’s seeds networks, seeds selection and conservation methods.

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and principles

Agroecology is a way of life and the language of Nature, that we learn as her children. It is not a mere set of technologies or production practices.

and digitalisation

The diverse knowledges and ways of knowing of our peoples are fundamental to agroecology.We develop our ways of knowing through dialogue among them.

Food systems

We need to put the control of seeds, biodiversity, land and territories, waters, knowledge, culture in the hands of the peoples who feed the world.


Adoption of ecological principles in food production

and care

The core of our cosmovisions is the necessary equilibrium between nature, the cosmos and human beings. We are but a part of nature and the cosmos.

are central

Women and their knowledge,values, vision and leadership are critical for moving forward, play a central role in Agroecology.


Territories are a fundamental pillar of agroecology. Peoples have the right to maintain their own spiritual and material relationships to their lands.

and organisation

Agroecology is based on collectives. Families, communities, organizations and movements are central to make agroecology alive.

are critical

Agroecology can provide a radical space for young people to contribute to the social and ecological transformation that is underway in many of our societies.

and commons

People are rights holders.
Collective rights and access to the commons are fundamental pillar of agroecology.

Self governed

The autonomy of agroecology displaces the control of global markets and generates self-governance by communities.

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