Agroecopolis is a very young, grassroots non-profit, non-governmental organisation. It is the Hellenic Network for Agroecology, Food Sovereignty and Access To Land.
It is the product of many years of collaboration between a variety of formal and informal groups, collectives and individuals working in these broad areas.
We actively promote different models of connecting consumers and producers -like Community Supported Agriculture (CSA), we provide links with the social solidarity economy movement and alternative currencies, and we work on issues of inclusion for sensitive social groups, migrants and displaced people through the idea of food production, distribution and consumption.
At Amritabhoomi, our mission is to challenge corporate attempts to impose patents on life by building sustainable models of autonomy in agriculture.
Its programs are open to all rural people, and the key constituency Amrita Bhoomi works with is the farmer’s movement in Karnataka, which has a membership of around 200,000 farmers.
Key work is centered on agroecology training programs- we especially promote farmer-to-farmer training on farming practices, ecological pest control, agroforestry, direct marketing, value addition etc. We also have intensive programs specifically for youth. Other key programs are seed conservation, model farms, youth internships and millets campaign.
Future plans include, expanding the seed program significantly as there is a very high demand for local seeds – we will increase our seed collections, expanding our seed saver network, produce and distribute seeds.
We also plan to expand our millets program, by increasing the number of local farmers growing millets, by carrying out processing and value addition and direct marketing, and forming cooperatives. We will also deepen research on climate friendly drought resistant crops.
ARCAH ‘The Association of Rescue of Citizenship Through Affection Towards Humanity’ – was founded in 2013 by a group of young people from the city of São Paulo that wanted to act at the root cause of homelessness, poverty and scarcity in urban centers.
After years of taking food and clothing to people living in the streets, the group decided to act at another level, bringing permaculture and other abundant based concepts to help create permanent change.
ARCAH is now building a new farm near the city, to rescue and shelter more homeless people, and creating new urban farms in downtown São Paulo, turning public and private spaces into organic permaculture farming spots inside the city.
ARCAH’s future plans is to expand both urban and rural farms, so that people that suffer the most from lack of employment, resources and quality of life can change their destiny into an abundant one.
The “Autonome Heilschule Wendland” is a project in creation.
We want to establish a healing school, where people can self-study or attend daily classes, that is open for everyone that wants to learn about alternative medicine and treatments, to find individual approaches to their health. It is a place for support and exchange with a medicinal garden, apothecary, movement room and more.
We will organise regular courses and workshops to facilitate the transmission of knowledge from specialists to the people, regardless of their income, background and identities.
Be-in-cO stands for BEleif and BEing present, INspiration, INnovation and INterconnectedness, and for COmmunication, COcreation and COmmunity.
We facilitate transformative workshops to enable individuals, communities and organizations to realize their collective intelligence and co-create positive change.
We combine our expertise in social entrepreneurship and facilitation with the most innovative participatory methodologies and provide teams with alternative tools that are extremely precious in our chaotic, fast-changing world.
We work with cross-sector change makers and social entrepreneurs, social and humanitarian organizations, disadvantaged populations, volunteers, educators, communities and the business sector. We consider what we do to be the regeneration of human connection.
Benaa aims at empowering Arabian youth, in order to utilize their power for building up sustainable development projects, and create an interactive enabling environment in the MENA region.
These projects cover:
The Bioregional Learning Centre sits amongst a network of local people and organisations in South Devon where community innovation, local economics, and regeneration of place is already happening.
Our work is aimed at increasing the scale, pace and efficacy required to make this happen.
The region has the potential to become a centre of excellence in the UK, known for examples where we have changed our relationships with food, water, energy, soil, waste, ecology and economy, seen over time as an interrelated system.
We build partnerships and work in collaborative project teams to design and implement solutions to regional wellbeing and sustainability. Using best practice techniques for creative engagement we organise design days, get projects off the ground, hold the whole picture, connect people to each other and people to place.
Calderdale Bootstrap is a group of social entrepreneurs, co-operators, activists and changemakers, looking to engage our community in the upper Calder Valley to co-create our next economy.
We aim to build on the history of mutual self-help in our valley; work with our existing social enterprise and take it up a gear. We will inspire and directly support the next generation of enterprises to help create a more vibrant and more resilient solidarity economy, with real livelihoods, community commonwealth, and the ability to thrive in the challenging times ahead as the current economic system unravels.
Another Economy is Possible.
In Hungary and the rest of Europe Roma people are one of the largest and most discriminated minorities and predominantly live in extreme poverty, geographically segregated.
Among many hardships poor housing conditions and lack of adequate heating during winter are some of the largest difficulties they face.
Eco-solutions can be cost effective and achievable with local resources and hence crucial for families with unpredictable incomes. Unfortunately few technological solutions are designed specifically for people living in extreme poverty in Europe.
Our work challenges this; we are developing affordable and efficient stoves, insulation and fuel programs in collaboration with local communities.
The purpose of Compassos Institute, is to debate ideas related to the marginality of youngsters and adults with needs of special care, that cannot enter the labor market and to develop ways to minimize and prevent the damages resulting in Brazil.
The Compassos Action Project is multidisciplinary and works in different spheres, the main one being the biodynamic agriculture. Families, public school and the community will be welcomed. There will be field experiences producing collective vegetable garden, group activities and voluntary training of students, courses and lectures.
This project could be replicated in the 11 institutions of neighboring cities.
We regenerate the mountain ecosystems of our ancestral Andean lands through afforestation and reforestation with native species, and with the capture and propagation of beneficial microorganisms to improve soil fertility.
We provide trainings for campesino families in the importance of reforestation, conservation of natural resources, and returning to indigenous agro-ecological farming methods. We support community livelihoods by providing fruit trees, medicinal plants and Andean grains for family gardens.
For us, the regeneration of soils and waters goes hand in hand with regeneration of culture and ancestral knowledge. As such we are an example of both social and ecological regeneration.
Peasant men and women are the central pillars of agroecological food and seed production in Eastern Europe.
We will facilitate access to knowledge sharing and cooperation within the region, especially for peasant women as they have a leading role in seed saving. The project will empower them to connect through working groups, elevating their role in building sovereignty through common stewardship of seeds and other natural resources.
Through the project, we will facilitate leadership building through meetings and will produce materials, publications and facilities for the renewal of their community seed base and operations.
The European Agroecology Learning and Training Network is a project with social transformation at its core.
Our aim is to connect peasants and new farmers around Europe so as to promote the exchange of existing peasant knowledge and best practices in the field of Agroecology.
Peer-to-peer knowledge exchange will increase the autonomy of peasants in regard to conventional agricultural methods and will promote the agro-ecological method that restores the ecosystem, favours biodiversity, society and culture.
Creating a horizontal exchange will also strengthen solidarity within peasant communities, as well as with other social groups.
To achieve our objectives, we are working to create an online platform and to set up regular training and learning initiatives.
Focus on the Global South has been implementing its Agroecology Project in India since 2013.
Agroecology strengthens the rights of people and communities to determine what to grow and in which way; promotes small-scale localised agricultural production and consumption, revitalizes local food systems; promotes conservation of indigenous seed and native crops; and provides an alternative to carbon-intensive industrial agriculture.
The project uses popular education materials and trainings to instill confidence among small and marginal farmers in India on the viability and sustainability of small farms. It teaches farmers about the dangers of chemical input-intensive, export-oriented conventional agricultural practices, and the benefits of agro-ecological farming practices and biodiversity conservation.
Forest gardens or food forests are a promising method of growing food in small spaces, and have potential to feed populations in urban and rural areas across the world.
We are conducting the first grassroots international survey of forest gardens. During the International Permaculture Convergence 2017 in Hyderabad we want to bring together practitioners from around the world with leading forest gardeners from India, where many of the best established examples are located.
Both before and after the event participants will travel to forest garden sites in order to study and document them for out international baseline survey.
In Cajamarca, a traditional rural village, AngloGold Ashanti is planning to build an open-pit gold mine. This mining project threatens both Cajamarca’s fragile ecosystems, like its cloud forests and páramo areas, and the human rights of local habitants.
By formalising community-run water aqueducts, this project, lead by a youth collective, aims to protect the right to and the community management of water supplies. As a result, possible appropriation and contamination by mining activities will be avoided.
This project protects and regenerates Cajamarca’s ecosystems through participatory monitoring methods that allow the community members to independently monitor the quality of water supplies.
Gaia Education envisions a world where communities have harmonised their social, economic and natural systems, so that they thrive within bioregional and planetary boundaries, regenerating their environment and allowing diverse human potential and all life to flourish.
We contribute to this vision by providing leading-edge online and face-to-face ‘Design For Sustainability’ programmes using our Whole Systems Design Framework. Our long-term Project Based Learning Programmes assist fragile communities to replace petrochemical agriculture with regenerative food systems, focused on well-being and resilience.
We help over-consuming communities to reduce their ecological and carbon footprints, whilst strengthening their regional economy and revitalising their community.
GDF-NA was established in 2013 to meet a specific demand among members of the GDF network for peer-to-peer exchanges among North American Indigenous environmental leaders engaged in revitalization and regeneration of their landscapes.
We carry out collaborative biocultural projects that build resilience, foster innovation and promote learning. Our work contributes to the growing global transition towards justice, respect and dignity for all beings.
At the grassroots, through our regional programmes, we support communities as they improve their livelihoods while respecting environmental processes and make autonomous, informed decisions regarding their lands, resources and futures.
At the global scale, we strengthen the knowledge, networking and communication skills of emerging environmental changemakers through the Global Environments Network.
The Global Ecovillage Network (GEN) is a growing network of sustainable communities and initiatives that bridge different cultures, countries, and continents. GEN serves as umbrella organization for ecovillages, transition town initiatives, intentional communities, and ecologically-minded individuals worldwide.
People and communities meet and share their ideas, exchange technologies, develop cultural and educational exchanges, directories and newsletters, and are dedicated to restoring the land and living a cooperative sustainable lifestyle.
Network members include large networks like Sarvodaya (2,000 active sustainable villages in Sri Lanka); the Federation of Damanhur in Italy and Nimbin in Australia; small rural ecovillages like Gaia Asociación in Argentina and Huehuecoyotl, Mexico; urban rejuvenation projects like Los Angeles EcoVillage and Christiania in Copenhagen; permaculture design sites such as Crystal Waters, Australia, Cochabamba, Bolivia and Barus, Brazil; and educational centres such as Findhorn in Scotland, Centre for Alternative Technology in Wales, Earthlands in Massachusetts, and many more.
IALA Mesoamerica (or Latin American Institute of Agroecology) is an educational initiative of the transnational peasant movement La Via Campesina to facilitate the training and scaling of agroecology in the territories of Central America and southern Mexico.
Agroecology, a regenerative form of agriculture based on ancestral knowledge and ecological principles, is seen by La Via Campesina as a pillar for realizing food sovereignty and cooling the planet.
IALA Mesoamerica’s educational philosophy is based in processes of formación, or transformational political education, in which students gain awareness not just to become agroecological farmers but also social movement cadre and rural leaders.