Agroecology: towards another agriculture
‘Another agriculture is possible, and the future will be shaped by agroecology.’ That is, in substance, the message of the GIRAF group, co-founded by Pierre Stassart, a researcher at the University of Liege’s Department of Environmental Sciences and Management. In a recently published article the group looks into the history and the future of agroecology, an emerging discipline on the global stage, which aims to link up agriculture, ecology and social equity.
‘This movement was born in the United States at the beginning of the 1980s,’ explains Pierre Stassart. ‘From the beginning it leant on a criticism of the model of development in the countries of the South.’ At this time the ‘green revolution’ was at its peaak. The technological advantages in play since the beginning of the 1960s pushed the developing countries to turn their agricultural practices upside down. New varieties of high yield cereals, irrigation, mechanisationm, the use of fertilisers, etc. It was through the dissemination of this technological package that development was thought through, the objective being an intensification of agricultural productivity.
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