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Peasant Agroecology Training Guidelines: For an agroecological transition

1 November 2023

ECVC member organisations developed and carried out three training programmes in order to foster the agroecological transition in Europe during the AE4EU project. The training programmes were designed to reflect the vision of peasant agroecology and the Nyéléni Declaration of the International Forum for Agroecology’s (2015) vision on learning agroecology.

The guidelines are based on the theoretical knowledge, practical experience and exchanges that should be included for efficient training on the transition to agroecology. Furthermore, the guidelines emphasise a strong focus on the grassroots level, Peasant to Peasant (P2P) methodology and the "diálogo de saberes" or "dialogue between ways of knowing" as an educational approach with different practical activities (meetings, seminars, individual reading, exchanges of experiences, field visits, etc.). The guidelines propose to use Peasant to Peasant (P2P) methodologies centring principles of horizontalism, peer-to-peer learning approach and participation.

These Training Guidelines work towards systematising agroecological insights and experiences to provide improved, efficient and transformative agroecological training programmes across Europe. For ECVC, training and learning are infinite process of permanent production and dissemination of new knowledge that comes from sharing different opinions and ideas and from encounters between these ideas and reality.

Agroecology, due to its knowledge-intensive character, combines traditional, indigenous, peasant and experiential knowledges with elements of modern ecological, social and agronomic science, creating a dialogue of wisdoms from which principles for designing and managing biodiverse and resilient farms may be derived.

Peasant farmers, agricultural workers and other rural peoples are recovering their land and territories and preserving their culture and way of life on a daily basis. Those who committed to defend the Earth and to feed people, who carry out or desire to carry out peasant agroecological farming are the key actors constructing food sovereignty.

Peasant farmers are considered as the main stakeholders who potentially will participate in future training programmes on agroecological transitions. We hope these guidelines on peasant agroecology trainings will encourage and make the path easier for peasant farmers organising agroecology training programmes focused on fostering the agroecological transition, and contribute to their advocacy efforts for furthering peasant agroecology and small-scale agroecological farms.

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