Belgian Association of Agriculture Economists
BVLE ABER conference on agro ecology
Agro-ecology is emerging as an approach to respond to the mounting problems resulting from an increasingly globalized and industrialized agro-food system. For instance, the authors of the International Agricultural Assessment of Knowledge Science and Technology for Development (IAASTD) see agro-ecology as “the best strategy for rebuilding agriculture and ending rural poverty and hunger” (Holt-Giménez & Altieri, 2012). The defenders of this approach present it as an alternative to the so called industrialized agro-food system. It is also being presented as a solution to solve the growing food, fuel and climate crises.
Today, the purpose of agro-ecology is to move beyond being a just technical revolution at the farm scale and to embrace social and institutional issues as well. Following Stassart et al. (2012), the agro-ecological discipline may now be considered as “the study of the relationship between food production and the wider society”.
From an socio-economic and institutional point of view, the question rises if and how agro-ecology could contribute to reshaping power relations in the current agro-food system. At a broader level, it might also catalyze other transformations in society.
Three experts will give their insights on the multiple dimension of this “bottom-up” dynamic of the agro-ecological movement, followed by a debate in which we hope you actively participate!
“The socio-economic and institutional challenge of agroecology”
14.00 – 14.15
Etienne Verhaegen (UCL)
14.15 – 14.45
Towards Ecological Intensification of World Agriculture
Prof. Pablo Tittonell, Wageningen UR (NL)
14.45 – 15.15
How political is agroecology? An invitation to reclaim the political economy dimensions of food systems
Gaëtan Vanloqueren, Université catholique de Louvain
15.15 – 15.30 Coffe break
15.30 – 16.00
Agroecology a tough exercise in multidisciplinarity and comparaisons
with previous "revolutions"
Prof. Dirk Reheul, Universiteit Gent
16.00 – 17.00
Non-members BVLE ABER (€15.00)
October 22, 2013 13:30 - 17:30 (GMT +00:00 UTC)
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Rue du progres 50, 1210, Brussels (Room 1B03)