Digitalization & Innovation in the frame of Agroecology

Schola Campesina brought the voice of Agroecology to the Digital Agriculture Transformation Seminar (12-13/6/2019)

Andrea Ferrante -High Level Panel 4- “Technology impact assessment – risks, opportunities and state-of-the-art for digital agriculture and family farming”

Listen to the talk here (Schola Campesina at 2:42′)

See the powerpoint presentation

Read our paper on INNOVATION here

Food sovereignty and Agroecology are the adequate framework to develop innovations for family farming

“The reflection on the term ‘innovation’ is useful in understanding how the term is passed off as good in itself, and how today, its meaning hides a large part of the capitalist system that seeks to transform food production irreversibly from a communal, social, democratic act that is respectful of the natural cycles into a commercial business for a few.”

FAO organized an International Symposium on Agricultural Innovation for Family Farmers  (2018 November 21-23), it was a crucial moment to develop a Human-Right based reflection on Innovation and remind that:

  • Knowledge is central for food production
  • Food producers -with their allies–  are the main producers of knowledge and innovations in agriculture
  • Big Data and private control on knowledge is threatening the future of agriculture
  • There is no Right to food without peasant knowledge and capacity to innovate : Food Sovereignty -as a right-based framework- is the paradigm where real innovations for family farming can be developped
  • Agroecology (Nyeleni 2015) -as a people-centered agriculture- recognizes the centrality of peasant knowledge and is therefore the right framework to develop effective innovations for family farming

Read our paper here

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