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Speakers demonstrated how agro ecological farming respects the limits of the planet’s ecosystem, integrates traditional knowledge from local communities, reduces waste, and can serve as a means to advance rural communities towards food and technological sovereignty. The event drew attention to the fact that: 1) agroecological farming is a viable alternative to industrial farming and is proven to provide greater yields with less financial investment; 2) agro ecological is multifunctional. It provides food, fiber, fuel and other goods. It protects ecosystems and provides employment. It is a lifestyle and has a social role in the transmission of cultural values and practices; and 3) agro ecological promotes local participation, accountability, and community responsibility.


Franciscans International, EAA & Dominicans for Justice and Peace


  • Mr Leonardo Boff, Brazilian theologian, philosopher
  • Ms Maria Elena Aradas, Executive Director, CEFEDER, Research, Franciscan Center for Studies and regional Development. (Argentina)
  • Sr Placida, Franciscan Sister, Project Manager of a local agricultural development (Sri-Lanka)
  • Miguel A. Altieri, University of California, Berkeley and President of Latin American Scientific Society of Agroecology (SOCLA)

Presentations and Background

  • Miguel Altieri - Scaling up Agroecology: Spreading the Hope for Food Sovereignty and Resiliency (EN)
  • EAA Minutes
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