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A Transdisciplinary, Participatory and Action-oriented Approach, 1st Edition

Edited by V. Ernesto Mendez, Christopher M. Bacon, Roseann Cohen, Stephen R. Gliessman

CRC Press

284 pages

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Agroecology: A Transdisciplinary, Participatory and Action-oriented Approach is the first book to focus on agroecology as a transdisciplinary, participatory, and action-oriented process. Using a combined theoretical and practical approach, this collection of work from pioneers in the subject along with the latest generation of acknowledged leaders

Table of Contents

Introduction: Agroecology as a Transdisciplinary, Participatory, and Action-oriented Approach. Agroecology: Roots of Resistance to Industrialized Food Systems. Transformative Agroecology: Foundations in Agricultural Practice, Agrarian Social Thought, and Sociological Theory. Political Agroecology: An Essential Tool to Promote Agrarian Sustainability. Learning Agroecology through Involvement and Reflection. Complexity in Tradition and Science: Intersecting Theoretical Frameworks in Agroecological Research. Agroecology, Food Sovereignty, and the New Green Revolution. The Intercultural Origin of Agroecology: Contributions from Mexico. Participatory Action Research for an Agroecological Transition in Spain: Building Local Organic Food Networks. Agroecology, Food Sovereignty, and Urban Agriculture in the United States. On the Ground: Putting Agroecology to Work through Applied Research and Extension in Vermont. Agroecology as a Food Security and Sovereignty Strategy in Coffee-Growing Communities: Opportunities and Challenges in San Ramon, Nicaragua. The Mesoamerican Agroenvironmental Program: Critical Lessons Learned from an Integrated Approach to Achieve Sustainable Land Management. Analysis of Tropical Home Gardens through an Agroecology and Anthropological Ecology Perspective.

About the Editors

V. Ernesto Mendez, PhD, is an associate professor of agroecology and environmental studies at the University of Vermont, where he leads the Agroecology and Rural Livelihoods Group, a community of practice that studies and contributes to developing practical solutions to key issues in our current agrifood system. He earned his PhD in agroecology and environmental studies from the University of California at Santa Cruz. His empirical work is mostly with smallholder coffee farmers and cooperatives in Mesoamerica as well as a variety of growers in Vermont. His research uses agroecology as a transdisciplinary, participatory, and action-oriented approach, focusing on the interactions among agriculture, food, farmer livelihoods, and environment. Most of his work utilizes a participatory action research (PAR) approach to directly support agroecological practice and farmer livelihoods.

Christopher M. Bacon, PhD, is an assistant professor with the Department of Environmental Studies at Santa Clara University, California. After serving as a Peace Corps volunteer in Nicaragua, he completed a PhD in environmental studies at the University of California, Santa Cruz. His primary research involves smallholders, cooperatives, and food security in the context of market and climatic change in northern Nicaragua, examining the political ecology of conventional and alternative food systems and their impacts on rural development and change. His second line of research focuses on environmental and food justice in California, and his previous work has been published in Global Environmental Change,the Journal of Peasant Studies, Ecology and Society, and World Development.

Roseann Cohen is the executive director for the Community Agroecology Network in Santa Cruz, California, a nonprofit committed to sustaining rural livelihoods and landscapes in the global south through the integration of collaborative res

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
NATURE / Ecology
SCIENCE / Life Sciences / General
TECHNOLOGY & ENGINEERING / Agriculture / General
TECHNOLOGY & ENGINEERING / Agriculture / Forestry