Agroecology for the 21st Century Conference, 28 – 30 January 2019, Cape Town, South Africa

The Agroecology for the 21st Century Conference aims to create a space to interact with people, scholarship, practice and the arts towards building a socially just, environmentally sound, nutritious and healthy food system. The three-day conference will bring together a wide range of contributors across disciplines and sectors to discuss the present state and future possibilities of agroecology in South Africa and beyond. The focus is on South Africa and neighbouring countries in the region, but contributions are welcomed from other parts of Africa and across the globe. The conference setting is deeply symbolic, convening in the heart of Cape Town, South Africa – the “Mother City” that was established in 1652 when the Dutch East India Company created a half-way station to provide fresh water and food for ships on trade routes to Asia. This garden marked the beginning of movement of Europeans into Southern Africa, introducing the multifaceted violence of colonisation. Five hundred years later, we are still grappling with the complex nexus of food production, nutrition, culture, knowledge, power and politics

Conference Hosts

The Conference is hosted by the NRF/DST Bioeconomy Chair at the University of Cape Town, The Seed and Knowledge Initiative (SKI), Biowatch South Africa and Cornell University.

In the collaborative spirit of the Seed and Knowledge Initiative, we would like to engage a broad set of actors in this vital and timely discussion on how we transition to agroecology. Join us to share learnings, learn from others, take inspiration from the arts and sciences and create new friendships and strategic relationships!

The Conference Will:

[ultimate_icon_list icon_size=”18″ icon_margin=”10″][ultimate_icon_list_item icon=”Defaults-check” icon_color=”#532f23″]bring together disciplines that have traditionally been disparate, in a quest for transformative and integrated approaches to agriculture and agroecology

[/ultimate_icon_list_item][ultimate_icon_list_item icon=”Defaults-check” icon_color=”#532f23″]create a space to share case studies and on-the ground practices in agroecology, including agricultural methodologies, development practices and emerging visions of modernity

[/ultimate_icon_list_item][ultimate_icon_list_item icon=”Defaults-check” icon_color=”#532f23″]explore emerging innovative policies and institutions for agroecology, as well as constraints faced in achieving a more sustainable agricultural future

[/ultimate_icon_list_item][ultimate_icon_list_item icon=”Defaults-check” icon_color=”#532f23″]provide a platform for sharing scientific evidence on agroecology

[/ultimate_icon_list_item][ultimate_icon_list_item icon=”Defaults-check” icon_color=”#532f23″]create the opportunity to create new and diverse relationships, to strengthen existing and establish new networks and shared ventures, and to enable the development of strategies in support of agroecology

[/ultimate_icon_list_item][ultimate_icon_list_item icon=”Defaults-check” icon_color=”#532f23″]foster interdisciplinary engagement between actors and infuse the space with participatory opportunities, creative thinking and artistic expression to help unearth common values underpinning a transformation to agroecology


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