Date: 25th-27th October 2021
A blend of speakers, workshops, masterclasses and panel discussions from across three continents. And mobile film and photography that has been curated specifically for the gathering.
The 2021 online gathering will weave together diverse strands of experience, practice, stories and evidence from farmer-centered research for agroecology. It will celebrate accomplishments, ask some hard questions, stimulate learning and engage people from many different places.
It aims to enrich and strengthen the work of farmers, extensionists, researchers, agronomists, non-governmental organizations, farmers’ unions and federations, policy-makers, governments, businesses and more. All are welcome!
Major shifts have been taking place in agricultural research over the past half century, with a growing call for research to serve the public good. To do so, research needs to emphasize indivisible ecological, health, social, and economic goals as well as the needs and priorities of smallholder farmers. It also invites those involved in research to recognize and learn from diverse knowledge systems and ways of knowing, including Indigenous Peoples and farmers who have long recognized the interconnectedness between food systems, health, and the planet.
Farmer research networks (FRNs) is an expression of this intention to engage in holistic, trans-disciplinary, and inclusive research that strengthens farmer agency and increases knowledge on ecological approaches to farming. FRNs are a way to build and share knowledge for the public good through innovation and collective action. The knowledge they help to co-create and share supports the livelihoods and well-being of smallholder farmers, their communities and the land we all rely on for our sustenance.
Over three days, the Online Gathering will focus on