The Grassroots Innovations for Agroecology Assembly took place in the Biodistrict della Via Amerina e delle Forre, Italy, from October 18 to 21, 2023. It was a gathering where organizations of various backgrounds from around the world came together to be part of a broader movement focused on technology sovereignty and to share their challenges and paths forward.
One key takeaway from the assembly was the recognition of the need for collaboration among diverse stakeholders, including smallholder organizations, researchers, IT developers, and experts. Together, they aimed to advance smallholder-driven technological and digital innovations.
Who is Providing Solutions to Your Farming Challenges?
If you have the support of SPI, KPL, La CAPE, or l’Atelier Paysan, consider yourself fortunate. These organizations will assist in developing collective solutions, work on the recovery of traditional knowledge, host workshops for creating the technology you need, and facilitate the exchange of skills and techniques.
Alternatively, you may find solutions within your communities. Craftsmen can help you design or adapt your tools, young individuals can develop the necessary apps for your community, and elders can share valuable knowledge.
In contrast, companies may sell you technologies that, in many cases, lead to increased dependencies, reduced knowledge, and diminished adaptability. This approach is fundamentally incompatible with agroecology, which places knowledge and autonomy at its core.
The Grassroots Innovations for Agroecology Assembly concluded with a shared commitment to working together in the future. The goal is to increase the visibility of technology sovereignty, expand our collective efforts and activities, and foster strong collaborations with various stakeholders in the societal transformation towards agroecology, particularly researchers and experts.