Agroecological transitions are urgently needed to contend with the many challenges facing farmers as well as their communities, landscapes and ecosystems. More ecological approaches to agriculture in turn contribute to a healthier, more resilient environment. 

Agroecological practices require contextual knowledge and innovative approaches, with strong learning networks to help support the adoption and adaptation of agroecological systems. Research must be farmer-centered and help strengthen farmer agency, in collaboration with supportive organizations.

Deepening and sharing learning about farmer centered research

Throughout 2021, various activities are bringing together diverse perspectives and learning related to farmer-centered research for agroecology.

Linkages are being strengthened and deepened between networks advancing agroecological approaches. Evidence is being shared to support practice, research and advocacy.

Capacity is being built to influence food systems transformations at local, regional, national and global levels.

This is taking place through meetings, communications, story-telling, amateur videos, workshops and more, culminating in an online gathering in October 2021.

2021 Timeline

30th June:
Deadline for amatuer mobile film submission for Andes, ESAf & invited partners

30th July:
Deadline for amateur mobile film submission for WAf

11th - 12th October:
Virtual Film Festival

25th - 29th October:
Online gathering

Farmer Research Networks

Since 2012, the Collaborative Crop Research Program (CCRP) has been developing the idea and practice of Farmer Research Networks (FRNs). These are linked sets of farmer groups that conduct agroecological (AE) research of relevance to their members. FRNs typically work in partnership with researchers, development organizations, farmer organizations, and/or broader networks. Because each FRN develops in response to its own contexts and opportunities, each farmer research network is unique. 

FRNs aim to amplify the impact of farmer-centered innovation systems and allow farmers to tap into existing knowledge. They rely on their own experiments to learn and test new ideas, but also learn from others in their networks. Recent digital advances allow for the sharing of information in new ways.

Working together, FRNs aspire to develop an evidence base to support transitions to more sustainable farming practices. By connecting complementary individuals and organizations, FRNs can tackle specific problems and seek transformative change, potentially improving the quality of rural life through a multiplicity of roles.

Collaborative Crop Research Program (CCRP)

The Collaborative Crop Research Program (CCRP) is a program of the McKnight Foundation that has funded agricultural research since the 1980s. Some, grants support regionally based research projects in Africa and South America, while others support specific challenges and opportunities that research on agroecology presents, including facilitating global-to-local connections. Many projects link international, national, and local organizations with communities of smallholder farmers, researchers, development professionals, and other stakeholders. The Collaborative Crop Research Program (CCRP) projects generate technical and social innovations to improve nutrition, livelihoods, productivity, environmental sustainability, rural vibrancy, and equity for farming communities. Large-scale impact is realized when new ideas, technologies, or processes are adapted to new contexts, when insights from research catalyze change in policy and practice, and when innovation inspires further success.

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