From Transition to Domains of Transformation: Getting to Sustainable and Just Food Systems through Agroecology, by Colin Ray Anderson, Janneke Bruil, Michael Jahi Chappell, Csilla Kiss and Michel Patrick Pimbert, Sustainability 2019, Volume 11, Issue 19, 28 pages, 2019.
This new publication about agroecology focuses on power and governance in transformations for sustainability and social justice. The paper should be relevant for ICCA Consortium members who seek to better understand processes that can strengthen ICCAs-territories of life. ICCAs and agroecology are indeed both based on an aspiration towards autonomy or the agency of networks of producers and citizens to self-organize for sustainability and social justice.
The article analyzes the enabling and disabling conditions that shape agroecology transformations and the ability of communities to self-organize within territories. The authors identify six critical domains that are important in transformations: access to natural ecosystems; knowledge and culture; systems of exchange; networks; discourse; and gender and equity. The article focuses on the dynamics of power and governance, arguing that a shift from top down technocratic approaches to bottom up forms of governance based on community-self organization across these domains has the most potential for enabling transformation for sustainability and social justice.