Writing for change

We work with various partners on the development and production of analysis, case studies, guides and other publications on agroecology and healthy, just food systems. We are responsible for any or all of the following: conceptualisation, sourcing, editing, layout supervision, proofreading and dissemination. Below, we present a selection of the publications we have written and collaborated on.

We also invite and support friends from around the world to write up their experiences and perspectives on agroecology and healthy food systems. We do this for example in Farming Matters magazine. These articles can be found under the sections In Practice and In Perspective.

Farming with Biodiversity (2021)

Partner: WWF

Cultivate! supported WWF in producing this new paper, which outlines how agroecology can make positive contributions to biodiversity at a farm, landscape and food systems level, provided political and governance issues are addressed. Read the report

Farming Matters – Towards a feminist agroecology (2020)

Partners: Cidse and the AgriCultures Network

A new issue of Farming Matters magazine is dedicated to pathways towards a feminist agroecology. The magazine is packed with first hand experiences on strengthening agroecology from the bottom-up, as well as cutting edge opinions and perspectives on feminism and agroecology from around the world. The magazine was be published in October 2020 and presented through a webinar with powerful speakers. Read the magazine and watch the webinar.

Read also:
Farming Matters issue 2018 – ‘Agroecology: a Pathway towards the Sustainable Development Goals’.
Or browse
older issues of Farming Matters magazine (until 2017).

New Backgrounder: Scaling Agroecology – Six Domains of Transformation (2020)

Partners: FoodFirst and the Centre for Agroecology, Water and Resilience (Coventry University)

How can we enable the scaling of agroecology from the bottom up? What is needed for agroecology to be advanced, amplified, scaled up and out? Our new publication identifies six ‘domains of transformation’ for agroecology. Read more

Scaling agroecology in the Sahel. Elements of good practice.

Partners: Groundswell International, the Global Resilience Project, Sahel Eco, Agrecol Afrique, Association Nourrir Sans Detruire

A new briefing for civil society presents key strategies for upscaling and outscaling agroecology in the Sahel to address the climate and food crises. It outlines pathways not just for the what of these scaling processes, but also for the how. Read more

A guide to mapping for food system change

Partners: Centre for Agroecology, Water and Resilience and the AgroEcology Fund

Across the world, people and organisations are mapping agroecology and food sovereignty. It is all the rage! This new guide provides insights and tips on how to map for food system change. Read more

Strengthening FAO’s commitment to agroecology (February 2019)

– A briefing for civil society

Partners: Centre for Agroecology, Water and Resilience, AgroecologyNow!, the AgroEcology Fund

This briefing presents an analysis of the current dynamics, opportunities and challenges of strengthening the commitment to agroecology of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO). It is especially useful for actors in civil society who are promoting agroecology as an alternative paradigm for food and farming. Download the briefing (pdf)

Special issue of Farming Matters (April 2018):
Agroecology – A Pathway towards the Sustainable Development Goals

Partners: AgriCultures Network, IFOAM-Organics International

On the occasion of FAO’s II Symposium on Agroecology in April 2018, Cultivate! has supported the  AgriCultures Network in producing a new issue of Farming Matters magazine. It presents some of the most convincing experiences of agroecology and family farming around the world. Thought leders such as Elizabeth Mpofu (La Via Campesina), Million Belay (Alliance for Food Sovereignty in Africa) and Paulo Petersen (AS-PTA) share their perspectives on why and how agroecology must be amplified. Farming Matters makes the case that with enabling political-institutional conditions, agroecology can scale up and scale out, and guide us on promising pathways towards achieving the SDGs. Download the magazine (pdf)

How to amplify agroecology. Report of the Agroecology Learning Exchange (2016)

Partners: AgroEcology Fund and the Alliance for Food Sovereignty in Africa

This publication brings together the insights from a landmark meeting in May 2016. Over 70 individuals shared the fruit from decades of hard field work, research and activism, discussing factors for successful amplification of agroecology, and identifying key lessons from their work. The four day Agroecology Learning Exchange in Uganda was facilitated by Janneke Bruil and Jessica Milgroom, who also compiled this report.
Read the report in English or in Spanish. A shorter article summarises the main insights of the meeting.