Schola Campesina is…
a training centre
Schola Campesina is…
Schola Campesina is…
Right to food
Schola Campesina is an international agroecology school seeking to share, valorise and develop knowledge on agroecology and global governance of food and agriculture for the benefit of a fair development of all territories and communities around the world
Schola Campesina facilitates the sharing of knowledge amongst food producers’ organizations and other allies (academia) on global governance processes in order to improve their participation within the global spaces and advance the food sovereignty agenda at international level.
The 2015 Nyéléni International Forum for Agroecology is the conceptual base of Schola Campesina. We work at implementing its principles and action plan. The Nyéléni Declaration principles represent the starting point of our training and participatory action research activities.
Schola Campesina APS is a legal association created in 2018 based in Gallese, in the Biodistrict della Via Amerina e delle Forre (Viterbo, Italy). The association is composed by food producers and includes a coordinator and a project manager; assuming a strong connection with its territory. We established strong partnerships with a dozen of organizations working on Food sovereignty and Agroecology.
Schola Campesina works directly with small-scale food producers’ organisations identifying themselves 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. We develop our ways of knowing through dialogue among them (diálogo de saberes). 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.
- Dialogue of knowledge and centrality of small-scale food producers knowledge
- Centrality of social movements in the spaces of governance
- Recognition of community collective rights stemming from individual rights
- Farm autonomy, based on local knowledge, plant and animal genetic resources, energy resources, water
- Local community as a unbreakable feature for a dialogue between all ‘ways of knowing’
- Agricultural and food policies have to be based on Rights and community autonomy (vs. trade rules)
Schola Campesina Onlus is an italian center for trainings and participatory research activities seeking to strengthen producers’ organizations in their struggle for Food sovereignty through knowledge valorization and sharing.
Based on Nyéléni International Forum for Agroecology (2015) and on the principles of Dialogo de saberes and Popular Education; Schola Campesina seeks to boost the sharing of peasant, academical and activist knowledge.
Through trainings and events Schola Campesina provides specific information related to the global governance of food and agriculture to producers’ organizations strenghtening their position within the Rome process.
The first training of Schola Campesina took place from Sept. 25 to Oct. 7 2017. It brought together 15 members of peasants’ organizations (LVC members) from around the world to share experiences and discuss issues related to, amongst others, the global governance of food and agriculture, peasants’ knowledge, peasants’ autonomy, agroecological practices, peasants’ global struggles, local and global food policies and women’s empowerment. It took place in a partner farm in the Biodistrict of Viterbo Province and in Rome next to all UN bodies related to food and agriculture which allowed the participants to benefit from peasant and activist knowledge from all around the world. This first edition has been funded by FAO / OPCP and Associazione Tulipano Bianco/Confeuro.