We are working with various partners on the development and production of case studies, newsletters and other publications on agroecology and healthy 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 collaborated on, as well as a selection of academic papers by the individual members of Cultivate!.

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)

Contact: Janneke Bruil, janneke[at]

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)

Contact: Jessica Milgroom, jessica[at]

Bi-monthly newsletter on agroecology in Europe

Partner: Agroecology Europe

We collaborate in the development of a bi-monthly electronic newsletter on agroecology in Europe for members and friends of the Agroecology Europe association. Read the newsletters 

Contact: Margriet Goris, margriet[at]

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, available in English and in Spanish. A shorter article summarises the main insights of the meeting.

Contact: Janneke Bruil, janneke[at]

Academic papers

Members of Cultivate! have co-authored the following peer reviewed articles:

Van den Berg, L., Roep, D., Hebinck, P., Teixeira, H.M. (in press). Reassembling nature and culture: Resourceful farming in Araponga, Brazil. Journal of Rural Studies.

Wezel, A.; Goris, M.; Bruil, J.; Félix, G.F.; Peeters, A.; Bàrberi, P.; Bellon, S.; Migliorini, P. 2018. Challenges and Action Points to Amplify Agroecology in EuropeSustainability 10, 1598.

Van den Berg, L., Hebinck, P., Roep, D., 2018. ‘We go back to the land’: processes of repeasantisation in Brazil. The journal of peasant studies 45(3): 653-675.

Timmerman, C., Félix, G., Tittonell, P., 2017. Food sovereignty and consumer sovereignty: Two antagonistic goals? Agroecology and sustainable food systems 42(3).

Tittonell P. et al., 2016. Ecological Intensification: Local Innovation to Address Global Challenges. In: Lichtfouse E. (eds). Sustainable Agriculture Reviews, vol 19. Springer, Cham

Timmermann, C. & Félix, G.F. 2015. Agroecology as a vehicle for contributive justice. Agriculture Human Values 32: 523.

Milgroom, J. 2015. Policy processes of a land grab: at the interface of politics ‘in the air’ and politics ‘on the ground’ in Massingir, Mozambique. Journal of Peasant Studies 42(3-4):585-606.

Milgroom, J., K. E. Giller, and C. Leeuwis. 2014. Three interwoven dimensions of natural resource use: quantity, quality and access in the Great Limpopo Transfrontier Conservation AreaHuman Ecology 42(2):199-215.

Milgroom, J., and K. E. Giller. 2013. Courting the rain: Rethinking seasonality and adaptation to recurrent drought in semi-arid southern Africa. Agricultural Systems 118:91–104.

Milgroom, J., and M. Spierenburg. 2008. Induced volition: Resettlement from the Limpopo National Park, Mozambique. Journal of Contemporary African Studies 26(4):435-448.