1. Agroecology and Food System Transformation

Welcome to the course in Applied Agroecology!

This first Lesson gives a variety of answers to the question “What is agroecology?”. First, you’ll explore definitions of agroecology and trace its roots to give you an agrecological foundation to build on. Next, you’ll explore practices of traditional farmers around the world, and how these practices relate to the principles of agroecology. Through these readings, you’ll develop your own unique definition of what agroecology means to you. From this foundation you’ll be able to build and develop your definition and understanding as you move through the rest of the course.

Learning Objectives:

  1. To hear a variety of perspectives and definitions of agroecology.
  2. To develop your own definition of agroecology that resonates with you and your personal experiences and perspective.
  3. To understand what we mean when we refer to “traditional agriculture” and related phrases, and to understand the roots of agroecology.
  4. To analyze and contrast the various definitions of agroecology, and understand how and why different groups might have different understandings of what agroecology means to them.
  5. To explain the difference between food sovereignty and food security, and be able to analyze the distinctions between the two.
  6. To understand how agroecology is a mechanism to achieve food sovereignty, as defined by social movements such as La Via Campesina.

To Begin:

Each lesson begins and ends with a self-assessment exercise with “Guidance Questions”. To begin the course, simply click on the first Self Assessment, complete the questions, and then click through begin this Lesson’s Modules. If you have any questions, please contact learn@mesaprogram.org. 

Enjoy the course!