Schola Campesina works directly with small-scale food producers’ organisations who identify with the food sovereignty movement and with the 2015 Nyéléni Declaration.
“The diverse knowledge and ways of knowing of our peoples are fundamental to Agroecology. Our learning processes are horizontal and peer-to-peer, based on popular education. They take place in our own training centers and territories (farmers teach farmers, fishers teach fishers, etc.), and are also intergenerational, with exchange of knowledge between youth and elders. Agroecology is developed through our own innovation, research, and crop and livestock selection and breeding“
How do we operate?
- We train organisations of food producers (peasant farmers, fisher folk, indigenous peoples, farmers, landless …)
- Our starting point is the local level, so that our position is deeply grounded and thereby enhanced, in order to influence change on the global level.
- Our work is constantly in a bi-directional sense: we follow global processes in order to influence them and, at the same time, we apply global outputs at the local level, otherwise, we will not succeed one way or the other.
- Schola Campesina is based on the existing “Agroecology schools” of LVC specifically regarding the horizontal pedagogy “Campesino a campesino” and the principle of “Dialogo de Saberes”.
- The training and research themes are proposed by a pedagogical committee made up of partners organisations that share the basic principles of Schola Campesina.
- Schola Campesina pay specific attention to languages as instruments of popular culture. It aims to go beyond the “colonial” languages: movements should not limit themselves to these languages as an instrument of communication between different ‘ways of knowing’.
- Given that historically the family structure was often based on patriarchy and has oppressed women for centuries, we must find new ways of ensuring the transfer of knowledge in a world in which farming is not inherited from father to son, but rather, new entrants experience
- Being held near Rome area Schola Campesina has the particularity to benefit from peasant and activists knowledge at world level. Rome is indeed the headquarter of all food and agriculture related UN institutions where we take part to defend our struggles.
- An agroecology school must be rooted in a territory and a community of knowledge; the bio-district represents these territorial roots.
- Beyond the training objective, the School is also a centre for Participatory Action Research. It seeks to mobilize knowledge from peasants and their organizations, from academicians and their institutions, from activists and their organisations through a Dialogo de saberes. Schola Campesina seeks to stimulate a co-production of knowledge thanks to a constructive dialogue between Agroecology and Food sovereignty allies.
Schola Campesina -with the financial support of FAO-, is organizing a capacity-development training for 10 young members from small-scale food producers partner organizations on global governance mechanisms of food and agriculture in the frame of the United Nations Decade of Family Farming (2019-2028).
The training is being held in a partner farm, in the Lazio Region, Italy from 28th of June until 5th of July 2019. The participants, coming from all over the world and from a variety of constituencies, are sharing experiences and discuss issues related to global food and agriculture governance mechanisms, family farming knowledge and autonomy, agroecological practices and resilience, sustainable food policies, women empowerment, etc.
The participants are taking part to the launch of the HLPE (High Level Panel of Experts on Food Security and Nutrition) report on Agroecological approaches and other innovations for sustainable agriculture and food systems that enhance food security and nutrition. They are meeting with Meeting with FAO on the United Nations Decade on Family Farming and the FAO Agroecology Unit.
All videos of the training are available here:
Schola Campesina hosted an advocacy training for CSA’s groups (Urgenci)
Schola Campesina is facilitating a European workshop on global governance mechanisms of food and agriculture directed to Community Supported Agriculture groups in the frame of an Erasmus+ project on advocacy capacities coordinated by Urgenci (10-14 Oct., Italy).
Cities around the world are starting to pay attention on food issues from different entry point: obesity issues, contaminations, food insecurity, water scarcity, poverty, etc. The Milan Urban Food Policy Pact (2015) provides a network to encourage the dissemination of best practices amongst the cities local governments.
What is missing here?
A part from interesting initiative in Latin America, the challenges faced by rural food producers -particularly the lack of markets- are not often considered as a priority for the cities local governments.
This is why -in this context of increasing visibility of food issues in urban agendas- CSA’s groups are crucial, not only in their actions of providing fair markets; but also in advocating for farmers-orientated policies.
Formazione internazionale di Agroecologia Contadina e Governo globale dell’alimentazione e dell’agricoltura
25 settembre – 7 ottobre 2017, Roma e Regione Lazio
Questo corso di formazione ha riunito membri di organizzazioni contadine di tutto il mondo per condividere esperienze e discutere su temi inerenti al governo globale dell’alimentazione e dell’agricoltura, alle conoscenze contadine, all’autonomia contadina, alle prassi agroecologiche, alle lotte contadine globali, alla politica alimentare, all’empowerment della donna, ecc.
Le due settimane di formazione si sono svolte presso il Biodistretto della Via Amerina e delle Forre e a Roma, città che ospita tutti gli organismi dell’ONU operanti nel settore dell’alimentazione e dell’agricoltura, permettendo ai partecipanti di approfittare delle conoscenze contadine e di attivisti di tutto il mondo.
Il corso è stato indirizzato a circa 20 partecipanti internazionali del Sud Globale, equilibrati dal punto di vista del genere e della diversità geografica.
Il contenuto e i principi pedagogici del corso si basano sull’esperienza maturata dalla Scuola di Agroecologia de La Via Campesina.
Tale progetto può essere considerato come un incontro internazionale tra membri di organizzazioni contadine volto alla promozione e alla condivisione delle conoscenze contadine. La condivisione delle informazioni e delle conoscenze da parte dei partecipanti avverrà in una prospettiva tra pari, che li porterà ad apprendere dagli altri partecipanti e dagli oratori, che a loro volta apprenderanno dai partecipanti, in un dialogo orizzontale o “Diálogo de Saberes”.
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Photo courtesy: Colin Anderson