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Agroecology and Territory Advocacy 2014

February 2014 Seminar

Agroecology, a dynamic for the territory!

A new coherent vision for our territory! For your territory!

At a time of new government and European guidelines on the "territorialisation", confirmed in France by the second stage of decentralization, municipalities and intermunicipal are reinforced in their role as coordinator for the development of their territory. Moreover, in this year of "family farming", agroecology is honored.

Therefore, a qualitative leap posture and political vision is needed ...

The time is no longer on the sale of a good practices catalog, but to that of a conductor that drives and coordinates a project manager and coherent territory, resulting from a vision and shared values its inhabitants. An approach that goes beyond simple search
of "social cohesion" centered on the only human dimension, for that of "socio-territorial coherence".

Agroecology we are actors creates this change of thought, it is much more than a production technique in organic farming. "It relates to the harmonious relationship between humans and nature; it is an ethic of life that introduced a report
different between the human being, its Foodland and its natural environment. Comprehensive approach, it inspires all spheres of social organization: agriculture, health, economy, land use, education ... and has advantages in economic, social and ecological ... "

Agroecology applied to the territory makes it a special place and this momentum going in the direction of history.

To "act that thought" we offer four areas of priority interventions that will not without each other if we want to act like a man of thought and think as a man of action:

- To provide access to land,
- To provide access to a local food quality,
- To ensure a healthy and attractive environment: Household territory,
- To encourage citizen dynamics, provide inclusive education and organizing international exchanges.

We gathered citizens with diverse backgrounds, from different associations and institutions, local, national or international: farmers, agronomists, economists, sociologists, associative actors ... have pooled our experience and arrived at the conclusion that agroecology is a major lever of territorial development dynamics. The economy developed around agroecology, in processing, crafts, services, distribution, contributes to the creation of added value and local jobs.

We agree with the conclusions of the Special Rapporteur of the United Nations [1] to the right to food.
Pioneering local authorities are already implementing practices that go in this direction; cf. attached table. Furthermore, skills are mobilized locally in the different networks.

To provide access to land,

In general, facilitate access to land in the different territories for the development of ecological agriculture.

Preserving land for ecological agriculture nearby cities (belt free) or in cities; using spatial planning tools (Protected Agricultural Zone, Plan Management of Natural Areas, Bodies of Local Urbanism, communal and inter-communal, Territorial Coherence Scheme) the right of first refusal and tax tool.

Acquire land to install providing farmers [2] fresh produce to the community (catering); for this purpose, working with Earth and links with local communities greater degree (department, region) who are shareholders of SAFER.

Use of communal land (or acquire land) to create "spaces-tests" or "agricultural incubators" (that, in connection with the professional world: sponsorship by farmers, training facilities etc.).

Create learning gardens and orchards for children.

Support and create shared gardens or community gardens.

To provide access to a local power quality

Promote the distribution of local products (from open air markets, collective outlets from local producers and different forms of short circuits):
Making priority on local producers of open air markets;
Encourage the "organic";
Allow "solidarity contributors" for sale on the markets;
Show geographical and socio-professional origin of products and raw materials (eg by a color code that showcases local products): where does the product or raw materials, which products?
Create a consumer College in statutory committees managing of open air markets.

Encourage the use of local organic products in canteens: schools, kindergartens, nursing homes, retirement homes [3], as well as for home meals for the elderly; sign contracts with one or more local producer groups.

Support the establishment of consumer cooperatives and ethical purchasing groups.

Keeping close to small and medium processors and if necessary invest in local processing plants; this is particularly important for local slaughterhouses are often rehabilitated or recreate.

Create "food crafts incubators" that will test and settle small local products processing companies or of collective and cooperative workshops.

Develop SCIC [4] of agricultural land or combining on an equal footing, producers, processors, local authorities and consumers, particularly for catering local.

Use tools, EEIG. [5], Contract Food Territorial etc. the recent farm bill and the future of future legislation.

To ensure a healthy and attractive environment: Home territory

Establish a landscape plan, carry out an inventory of the ecological heritage, landscape protection infrastructure such categorize hedges.

Introduce environmental clauses in the lease of communal land (especially in the near perimeter and remote catchment) -cf. Act water-; more generally promote environmental lease.

Establish zero pesticides (without waiting for the expiry of the law: 2020) in public spaces and strongly encourage individuals, home gardeners and farmers of the municipality to do the same.

Establish a plan (municipal or intercommunal) "organic matter" and put the product or the raw material available to the vegetable belt.

To encourage citizen dynamics, provide inclusive education, organizing international exchanges and communication

Mobilizing local savings (Earth links, ethical banks, operating sponsorship card territorial Acting Together ...) to co-finance municipal or mixed local operations.

Put pressure on the national and European level to obtain the means to carry out territorial policies.

Login at the regional level to influence the use of ERDF-EAFRD funds will be regionalized.

Establish a municipal youth council with a prospective task concerning the actions to the "transition".

Encourage sharing sites (virtual and local) concerning the "transition" and agroecology: Pioneers, techniques, resources.

Develop educational workshops on taste and health through good eating practices in the management of school timetables.

Organizing twinning, exchanges or cooperation with the territories (including developing countries) where practice agroecology, allowing cross your knowledge and strengthen motivation.

At the time of these elections through the advocacy for agroecology, we want to signify that this is an opportunity for shared reflection with candidates and elected representatives of universal suffrage to consider a regionalization for all and by all !
Whatever the situation and the gateway chosen, agroecology is accessible to all.

This plea comes from an expert seminar held on 6 and 7 February 2014 in Annecy and whose participants were:

· Josette AMOR Savings Consciousness, Consciousness Eparge Founder and member of Finansol
· Pascal AUBREE, FRCIVAM Britain SALT Project Manager program (food Territorial System)
· Philippe BARET, member of GIRAF (Interdisciplinary Group for Research in Agroecology Belgian FNRS), research professor University of Louvain
· Catherine BRETTE, General Council of Isère, Isère General Counsel, in charge of the action Eating Organic and since 2001, delegated to Agenda 21 and eco-conditionality of aid, Member of the Commission agriculture, the territories of the equipment, the forest; President of Bio More association; Vice-President of the Regional Natural Park
· Matthieu CALAME, Charles Léopold Mayer Foundation, Agronomist, former president of the Technical Institute of Organic Agriculture (ITAB), in charge of the Foundation
Charles Léopold Mayer of record of the assessment research on living and sustainable land management
· Jacques Caplat, Acting for the Environment, Agronomist, Co-creator of "Network peasant seeds", former Special Adviser in FNAB, author of "Organic agriculture to feed humanity" Ed. Actes Sud.
· Anne-Laure Charrier, Mouvement Colibris, Coordinator of local groups
· Yuna CHIFFOLEAU, INRA Montpellier, UMR Innovation, Sociologist, specialist short circuits
· Jean-Pierre DECOR, Member of the Academy of Agriculture of France
· Monique DIANO, Baskets Marseillais, President
· Thierry GEFFRAY, GAEC de Montlahuc- School of Nature and knowledge, co-founder. Co-founder of the BioVallée
· Jean-Pierre GOYFFON, links Earth, Member of the Board of TDL Rhône Alpes Haute Savoie and the local group
· Olivier HEBRARD, Association "Friends of Solan" agroecologist, Moderator of agroecological Natura 2000 area of ​​the Monastery of Solan
· Helena HOLLARD, agroecologists Network borderless coordinator. Trainer. Co-author of "Agroecology-Growing Life" (Ed. Sang de la Terre)
· Bénigne JOLIET, Réseau des Agroécologistes sans frontière, in charge of the working paper, synthesis of ideas of Pierre Rabhi. Co-author of "Agroecology-Growing Life" (Ed. Sang de la Terre)
· Damien LAGANDRE, GRET, agronomist, Chargé de Mission / Supply - Rural Economy
· Catherine LEFEBVRE, Action against Hunger (ACF), Agricultural Engineer, Member of the Board
· Benoît Miribel, Fondation Mérieux, CEO; Honorary Chairman of Action against Hunger
· Valentina PICOT, Fondation Mérieux, Scientific Advisor
· Pierre RABHI, pioneer of agroecology, thinker, writer, speaker
· RICORDEAU Gauthier, Agronomists and Veterinarians Without Borders, Programme Manager Agricultures Farmers, Biodiversity and Natural Resource Management
· Françoise Vernet, Terre & Humanisme, President
· Lionel VILAIN, scientific and technical adviser at France Nature Environnement (FNE)
· Nicolas WIT United Cities France, Deputy Director General

With the special support of Olivier de Schutter, UN rapporteur on the right to food.

Other persons (natural or legal) in agreement with this text and their support for this approach (not enclosed list):

· Jean-Pierre Sarthou, research professor, farmer;
· Eco-Mayors Association;
· Marie Christine Favé veterinarian individual support and collective farmers in organic farming, biodynamic, sustainable agriculture and agroecology to build the balance of their animal herds and their farm;;
· Cyrille Strain, director of the publication,
· Jean Marc Governatori, Independent Ecologist Alliance,
· Christiane Favier, a retired nurse, marriage counselor;
· Myriam Eckert, biocoop Lons le Saunier
· Jean Luc Petit, technical advisor and trainer, "The Song of the Trees" - Arbo Bio Info -;
· Marie-Agnès Douchez, woodcarver, entrepreneur-employee of the scop OXALIS;
· Sophie Devin, candidate for municipal in Licques (62) engaged to a school with organic garden and short circuits in the municipality;
· Cyril Kretzschmar, Deputy Regional Advisor in the new economy, new jobs, crafts and the social economy,
· Florence Couderc, training, coaching, consulting gardening manual Agroecology;
· Meiyna Vernet, trainer Agroecology, Living Gardens:

[1] Olivier de Schutter

[2] The farms selling in short circuits mobilize 60% of manpower and saves more land.

[3] Establishment for disabled and dependent elderly

[4] Collective Interest Cooperative Company

[5] Interest Group Economic and Ecological


[1Olivier de Schutter