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Political Agroecology Advancing the Transition to Sustainable Food Systems

    218 Pages 5 B/W Illustrations
    by CRC Press

    218 Pages 5 B/W Illustrations
    by CRC Press

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    Political Agroecology is the first book to offer a systematic and articulated reflection on Political Agroecology from the Agroecological perspective. It defines the disciplinary field responsible for designing and producing actions, institutions and regulations aimed at achieving agrarian sustainability. In short, it aims to build a political theory that makes the scaling-up of agroecological experiences possible, turning them into the foundation of a new and alternative food regime.

    The book proposes theoretical, practical and epistemological foundations of a new theoretical and practical field of work for agroecologists: Political Agroecology. It establishes a framework for a common agroecological strategy, covering the different levels of collective action and the different instruments with which it can be developed. This will be essential reading for agroecologists, environmentalists, farming and food communities, and an ideal textbook for advanced agroecology courses in universities.

    Key features:

    • Offers a unique state of the art on this fundamental new topic: Political Agroecology
    • Presents a complete introduction to the political and institutional aspects of Agroecology, covering the whole food system
    • Offers an important tool for searching agrarian sustainability
    • Provides a broad epistemological, theoretical and methodological focus, exploring the connection between the different levels and scales involved in agroecological theory and practice


    Introduction. 1.Theoretical foundations of Political Agroecology 2.The industrialization of agriculture and the enlargement of the food chain 3. A regime on the road to collapse 4. Cognitive frameworks and institutional design for an agroecological transition 5.Scaling Agroecology 6. The agents of the agroecological transition 7. The role of the State and public policies 8.References


    Manuel González de Molina

    Full Professor of Modern History. Coordinator of the Agro-Ecosystems History Laboratory (Universidad Pablo de Olavide, Seville, Spain). Co-director of Master Degree Program on Agro-ecology at International University of Andalusia from 1996 to now.

    Paulo Federico Petersen

    Doctorate in Environmental Studies from Pablo de Olavide University (Spain), Master in Agroecology and Rural Development from the Universidad Internacional de Andalucía (Spain), Graduated in Agronomy from the Federal University of Viçosa (Brazil). Executive coordinator of the NGO AS-PTA - Family Agriculture and Agroecology, vice-president of ABA-Agroecology (Brazilian Association of Agroecology) and editor-in-chief of "Agriculturas: experiencias em agroecologia" magazine.

    Francisco Garrido Peña

    PhD in Philosophy of Law (Universidad de Granada) and full professor on Politics and Law at Universidad de Jaén (Spain). His research activity is focused on Political Ecology, Ethics and Institutional Design.

    Francisco Roberto Caporal:

    PhD in Agroecology, Peasantry and History, from the Institute of Sociology and Peasant Studies (Córdoba University, Spain). Master in Rural Extension by Federal University of Santa Maria (1991) and graduate in Agronomy, Federal University of Santa Maria (1975). Currently, he works as Associate Professor of the Federal Rural University of Pernambuco, in the Department of Education, teaching in Rural Extension.