New book makes the case for promoting agroecology worldwide

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The Institute for Food and Development Policy, a nonprofit known as Food First, has released a new book entitled “Fertile Ground: Scaling Agroecology from the Ground Up”.

Fertile Ground presents nine innovative case studies authored by agroecologists from Africa, Latin America, the Caribbean, North America, and Europe to make a case for promoting the use of agroecology worldwide.

“There are about 2.5 billion people in the world, on 500 million farms, involved with smallholder family agriculture and food production. Their creative capacity to farm productively and sustainably with Nature, instead of against it, is perhaps the most powerful force that can be unleashed to overcome the interlinking challenges of hunger, poverty, climate change, and environmental degradation,” said Groundswell International executive director and co-founder Steve Brescia, who edited the book. “This is the essence of agroecology.”

Currently, this technique is most frequently passed on through farmer-to-farmer promotion. Fertile Ground addresses how to strengthen and spread agroecology to make it the norm for agriculture worldwide. The book is now shipping worldwide.

Food First is offering a 20-per cent discount on Fertile Ground for the Food Tank network — use discount code: foodtankfg.

Visit foodfirst.org to order a copy.