Welcome to the second newsletter of Agroecology Europe. In this edition you can find a summary of key agroecology conferences that recently took place in Rome, Brussels, Cordoba and Brazil, a list of upcoming events and a selection of new publications related to agroecology and more.
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FAO's 2nd Agroecology Symposium
The event in April 2018 which hosted 800 people made clear that agoecology is increasingly recognised as a key solution to many of the problems the world faces. FAO Director Graziano emphasized the need to “strengthen the central role of family farmers and their organizations.” Read more
130 small scale farmers discuss CAP at EP
On May 24, over 130 small-scale farmers from different European regions debated with representatives from EU institutions and civil society organisations to discuss the current CAP reform. The European Coordination of La Via Campesina stated its satisfaction with the Commission’s proposal to limit financial aid to 60,000 EUR per farm, but added that it is important to take the active farmers who work there into account, as well as the economic and social conditions of the workers and day labourers. Read more
The Cordoba manifesto
A manifesto was drafted after 3 days of discussion and exchange at the VII International Congress on Agroecology in Cordoba, Spain, from May 30 - June 1. "We believe that it is urgent to territorialise and democratise the way we satisfy our food needs by rescuing knowledge, the cultural legacy and the forms of social, economic and ecological relations of the diversity of cultures that exist in the world". Read the full manifesto
Thousands come together in Brazil
The National Agrocology Encounter in Belo Horizonte from May 31 to June 3 with over 2000 people reflected the strong emancipatory and unifying character of agroecology in Brazil. It was preceded by horizontal exchanges in the territories, inspired by the peasant-to-peasant movement. The event ended with a political statement. Read more
Neonicotinoid ban in EU
On April 27, the EU voted to ban all outdoor use of three controversial neonicotinoid insecticides which pose a major threat to bees and other insects and are therefore a danger to biodiversity. The ban is a result of the scientific report of the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA). The ban will come into force by the end of 2018. Meanwhile the European campaign for pesticide-free towns continues.
New peasant-to-peasant knowledge network
The new European Agroecology Knowledge Exchange Network aims to link European initiatives which promote the peasant-to-peasant agroecological knowledge exchange. This network is part of an international process led by La Via Campesina and facilitates peasant-to-peasant knowledge exchange. The network focuses on practical skills sharing as well as on political training, considering the two as inseparable. 
Stories from the field
Growers such as Luuk Schouten illustrate how farmers are revitalising rural areas in Europe. Using agroecology, they are creating places that produce not only diverse, healthy and sustainable food but that also generate biodiversity, social cohesion, beautiful landscapes and education. Read more Stories from the field
Share your farm story

Do you have a story about an agroecological farm in Europe? We would love to feature it on the Agroecology Europe website and in this newsletter. If you are interested, contact us at with the subject line “Stories from the field”.
New publications
Make sure you check our website regularly to find some of the latest peer reviewed articles and grey literature on agroecology. Here is a selection: 
  • Special issue of Sustainability on Mapping Agroecology in Europe. 2018. 
  • Bell, M.M., Bellon, S., 2018. Generalization without universalization: Towards an agroecology theoryAgroecology and Sustainable Food Systems42(6), pp.605-611
  • David, C., Bell, M.M., 2018. New challenges for education in agroecologyAgroecology and Sustainable Food Systems42(6), pp.612-619
  • Dekeyser, K., Korsten, L.,Fioramonti, L., 2018. Food sovereignty: shifting debates on democratic food governanceFood Security, pp.1-11
  • Kay, S., Mattheisen, E., McKeon, N., De Meo, P., Moragues Faus, A., 2018. Public Policies for food sovereignty. Amsterdam, Rome and Heidelberg: TNI.
  • Giraldo, O.M., 2018. Ecología política de la agricultura. Agroecología y posdesarrollo. San Cristóbal de Las Cases: El Colegio de la Frontera Sur.
  • Gkisakis, V.D., Bàrberi, P., E.M. Kabourakis, 2018, Olive canopy arthropods under organic, integrated, and conventional management. The effect of farming practices, climate and landscapeAgroecology and Sustainable Food Systems 
  • Gliessman, S., 2018. Defining Agroecology, Agroecology and Sustainable Food Systems, 42(6), pp. 599-600
  • Tilzey, M., 2017. Political Ecology, Food Regimes, and Food Sovereignty: Crisis, Resistance, and Resilience. London: Palgrave Macmillan
  • Rivera-Ferre, M.G., 2018. The resignification process of Agroecology: Competing narratives from governments, civil society and intergovernmental organizationsAgroecology and Sustainable Food Systems42(6), pp.666-685, 
  • Wijeratna, A., 2018. Agroecology: Scaling Up, Scaling Out. Johannesburg: Action Aid.
  • Petersen, P., Van Walsum, E., 2018. Agroecology - A path towards the SDGs. Farming Matters. Wageningen: AgriCultures Network and IFOAM Organics International
The Greens-European Free Alliance produced a short video explaining agroecology to children, and adults. Spread the knowledge, share it with your friends - young and old! 
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