A rural community in the Brazilian Amazon, Cupulate de Acará will create a chocolate-like product called Cupulate, made from the seeds of a fruit called Cupuaçu. The community has many natural resources, including a wide range of fruits. However, the commercial use of these resources is limited, because of the low selling price of raw produce.
The project will generate additional income for the community members, based on a regenerative agricultural business model. It will support the community in their explicitly expressed wish to regenerate and strengthen their traditions and customs, which include a close relationship to nature and each other.
A group of twelve people from the surrounding region are interested in producing Cupulate to sell in fairs and restaurants in the capital.
Cyrenians Farm, based near Edinburgh, Scotland, uses organic and permaculture principles and was established in 1972 as a Community Care Farm working with homelessness in a different way.
They created “residential communities” where homeless people could come and live alongside others coming from more stable backgrounds. The mixing of peer support and a stable home offered people a real chance to find their feet, feel heard and to create a safe space to build their lives.
Today it still hosts a community of young people coming from a background of homelessness, but is also a successful income generating farm.
The Dalia Association was established in 2007 with the belief that Palestinians should control their own development. Palestinians receive one of the highest rates of international aid, leading to the deterioration of a strong civil society.
Dalia Association utilise the resources necessary to empower a vibrant, independent and accountable civil society acting at the grass-roots level, through community controlled grant making. It focuses on four dimensions that ensures holistic community development: environmental, cultural, social, and local economy. Communities are empowered by being able to control their own development by identifying the problems within their community and enacting their own solutions.
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.
Ecosystem Restoration Camps aim to restore degraded land whilst training people in ecosystem restoration. They do this by building camps on degraded land; using the camps to house trainees that learn how to restore the land around them. The first camp is being set up in South-Eastern Spain, and has started the initial process of restoring the land: de-compacting the soil, planting the first 100 trees and building the camp’s initial structures.
It has also planted 50,000 trees donated by Ecosia to restore the ecology of a local mountain and has partnered with a local farmers’ association to collaborate with local farmers in developing their regenerative agricultural practices. The camp’s education programme and business ideas are currently being developed.
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.
In 1986 the European Farmers Coordination was founded. In 2008, this merged with additional farmer organisations to form the European Coordination Via Campesina (ECVC). ECVC is a unique space of social movement building around food and agricultural systems, working for peace and social change.
ECVC’s aim is to improve the situation of peasants in Europe. In the area of public policies it is present in different European and international policy spaces promoting peasantry and food sovereignty.
The organisation’s main goal is to promote agroecology as a peasant way of life, with a strong social component and practical knowledge exchange. It is defending the right to peasant life, engaging to create new or change legal frameworks.
Farm2platemalaysia was founded because it was felt that organic farmers’ markets would benefit from cooking demonstrations, to educate consumers about how to cook and eat local produce. It started cooking workshops for kids and adults at a local organic farmers’ market and a local organic farm.
Some of its projects collaborate with small scale organic farmers, with 65% of the profit returning back to them. It also conducts cooking modules at a school. Its modules are modified from Alice Water’s The Edible Schoolyard Project so that it fits into the country’s setting. It wants to see more children connected to soil, learning to grow food and cook.
FIAN International was founded in 1986 as the first organisation to advocate for the realization of the right to food and nutrition. Holding a consultative status with the United Nations Economic and Social Council, FIAN is active in more than 50 countries.
FIAN International exposes violations of people’s right to food and related rights wherever they may occur and stands up against undue and oppressive practices that prevent people from feeding themselves. The struggle for adequate nutrition is a critical component to the right to food, moving the debate beyond medicalized interventions and towards food systems that support healthy diets and ecosystems.
By holding governments accountable, it strives to secure people’s access to and control over natural resources as well as to halt the increasing corporate influence over our livelihoods, health and nutrition, now and for future generations.
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.
GrowPlace is a dynamic ecosystem of innovation and regeneration. It brings together researchers, educators, farmers, and growers based in Cloughjordan, Ireland, to collaborate in the development of an area for growing, citizen science, social farming, soil regeneration, agroecology and Permaculture.
The area is a living lab for learning and experimentation which demonstrates the systems and practices that restore the wellbeing of communities and soils. Through convivial events for the community and public courses GrowPlace enables social engagement with the living world. This is also a Citizen Science hub, with soil experiments and monitoring contributing to greater understanding of soils and a changing climate.
Guaracy is about agriculture and the empowerment of rural youth. It focuses on the production of sustainable food products through syntropic agriculture (planting like nature does in the forest).
It connects the producer to the organic marketplace and provides socioeconomic opportunities for the new generation of rural youth in agriculture. Its business plan starts with consultancy services and short courses to strengthen the trend of urban agriculture and agro-ecology, followed by the production of healthy food products.
It wants to welcome eco-tourism and agro-tourism. Guaracy offers hope of living with dignity, overcoming the poverty and marginalisation trap that landless groups have to deal with.
Habiba was initiated as a beach lodge in Sinai, Egypt in 1994. In response to political events and a serious financial crisis in South Sinai, the Habiba Organic Farm was started to provide the founder’s family and community with healthy food. Since then the farm has been collaborating with Bedouin people to convert their desert lands to green ‘havens’.
Habiba joined WWOOF (Willing Workers on Organic Farms/World Wide Opportunities on Organic Farms) and enjoys facilitating the international collaboration that this brings. Habiba also established a community learning centre which focuses on building the capacity of women and youth to farm sustainably and become involved in local fair trade production.
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.