Por: Ana María Mahecha, Directora Senior de Transforma
28 de julio de 2020
Publicada en OneHeart
Honoring soil guardians in the era of COVID-19 and climate change
According to FAO, “agroecology offers local solutions and empowers local economies and markets by keeping farmers in the field with improved livelihoods and a better quality of life.” It is for this reason that it is urgent to adopt policies that recognize agroecology as a viable strategy to respond to the food emergency that is on the horizon by highlighting its social and ecological principles such as solidarity, the regeneration of life, and the promotion of the social fabric. Agroecological initiatives also generate local, diversified and solidarity-based food systems that take protect the environment, enhance small-scale farmers’ livelihood, strengthen territorial and community food autonomy, and promote solidarity-based economies.
Crises bring change. Many grassroots organizations and movements are trying to seize the moment by proposing and implementing alternatives to food systems. This crisis is an opportunity to think about the importance of the micro-universe under our feet and to recognize its guardians. Re-nourishing the land requires time and patience, recognizing small-scale farmers as the guardians of the soil is a first step towards fostering a more just and resilient future, that will allow us to move from a destructive food system based on conventional agriculture, to one based on agroecological principles that increases our resilience, rebuilds ecosystems, supports local and fair food systems, strengthens local communities, and promotes proximity circuits, bringing together producers and consumers who are more aware of the importance of soil and more willing to take good care of it.
Ana María Mahecha
Directora Senior de Transforma