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Founding document

Réseau des agroécologistes sans frontières/Agroecologists without borders
For an agroecology at the service of life

Our ethics.

Overall our mindset is to take care of the planet, to respect his physical and biological integrity and leverage its resources responsibly.

Sobriety is a conscious choice inspired by reason. It is an art and an ethic of life, a source of satisfaction and well-being profound.
It represents a political act of positioning and for earth resistance, sharing and equity.

We recognize in the earth, common good of humanity, the only guarantor of our life and our survival.

We act under the inspiration of an active humanism, we prefer to humanitarian humanism.

We promise conscientiously to promote the dignity of all and human rights.

We are committed to contribute to respect for all life; the premium in respect every decision and every action.

We see the beauty, simplicity, fairness, gratitude, compassion, solidarity as values ​​essential to building a viable and livable world for all. We are peacemakers.

Of all human activities in a sustainable approach to agriculture is fundamental. Agroecology allows everyone to regain independence, food security and safety. It regenerates and protects the foster heritage to transmit to future generations a fertile land.

The subordination of the female to a male world too often outrageous and violent remains one of the major handicaps to the positive evolution of mankind. Women are more likely to protect life than destroy it. We pay tribute to women, guardians of life, and listen to the women that exists in all of us.

We are open to the diversity of cultures, and grateful. It awakens the desire to learn from each other. I accept that the other is different from me and that its difference is a source of enrichment for me.
The network of agroecologists considers "international charter for the earth and humanity" (attached) as a founding document of its approach. http://www.colibris-lemouvement.org/colibris/la-charte-pour-la-terre-et-lhumanisme

The agroecologists network considers "international charter for the earth and humanity" (attached) as a founding document of its approach. http://www.colibris-lemouvement.org/colibris/la-charte-pour-la-terre-et-lhumanisme

Our motivations.


1. 1. Findings and world food problem

Hunger is all the more a problem that there are solutions. Nearly one billion people suffer from hunger, 70% of farmers and yet there are solutions to minimize or eliminate this serious problem. The disastrous results of agrochemicals: erosion, pollution of soil and water, impoverishment and loss of arable land, collapse of biodiversity, inequitable access to natural resources including land, water and seeds, quality down nutrition and public health, reduction of peasant populations, development and concentration of thoughtlessly growth-oriented businesses ... This partial list shows the results of a human evolution where everything has been sacrificed to the capitalist economy and financial and money power.


2. Notre définition de l’agroécologie

The word "agroecology" for us means "to provide a global alternative, without forgetting the social, energetic and land aspects ... allowing to feed the maximum of human beings and Mother Earth in one single and same movement."

Agroecology is inspired by the universal laws governing the sustainability of life. These irrevocable laws are observable at any time by any attentive person. They fall generally in the principle of "nothing is created, nothing is lost, everything is transformed". Our involvement in this system requires understanding the deep to avoid the mistakes which we are - and will be the most rigorous way - the victims.

With agroecology, Pierre Rabhi demonstrated in 1961 in the Ardèche scrubland and in other places, particularly in the Sahel, which agronomically poor soils, even considered sterile, can be regenerated to produce a food worthy of this name. Experience shows that agroecology is an effective alternative to agribusiness, agroecology is most suited to the condition of the poor peasants.

It allows to improve and preserve the foster heritage, land, water, seeds, knowledge and know-how, and limit the advance of the desert in the many countries that are already affected or threatened.
Access to adequate food (food self-sufficiency at the local level, food sovereignty at the state level) mainly through the rehabilitation and the increase in human-sized structures spread over all the territories so that human communities can provide by them -mêmes their food autonomy by mobilizing their resources, knowledge and know-how.


3. The direction of our approach

Because our planet is unique, generous and beautiful,
Because humanity’s interest to organize them more cooperative than competitive manner,
Because we are at the service of everyone, especially the most deprived,
Because education and training are at the heart of social change,
Because the current food issue is an absolute emergency,
Because agriculture is the most essential activity,
Because there are solutions to produce differently, respecting living beings and future generations,
Because an economy [1] local, creative, consistent and humanistic possible,
Because the structures of small areas devoted to stimulating local exchange territory promote harmony between man and Earth,
Because every human being must be able to create its own food self-sufficiency,
Because man can live his farming activities while preserving its environment, even enriching.
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Our approach.

... We, the practitioners of agroecology, are aware of our heritage and our responsibility upon present and future generations.
We constitute, in the wake of Pierre Rabhi, a network of agroécologistes active, militant and experienced, decided to link up energies and conscience holders of our stocks. We act at local level, as well both nationally and internationally.

Eager to put our actions in line with our objectives:
• we work to pass ethics, practices and agroecological knowledge in a spirit of responsibility, exchange and sharing of experiences,
• We have the desire to create synergies between stakeholders, encouraging the sharing of skills and experiences, and enhance the knowledge and skills agroecological,
• we promote through animation, training, documentation, etc. agroecological practices
• we work with local players, associations, professional bodies, local authorities etc.
• we support each "partner-actor" in making its responsibility towards its human environment and its territory
• we facilitate an approach that builds solutions using local resources: each medium carries the solutions to specific problems.

As agroécologistes, we:

• accompany the groups engaged in research and the development of agro-ecological solutions in their territories, where they are,
• are aware that our action is part of a context that has its resources, its organization, its environment, its cultural references, its potential and its priorities, and we are committed to try to understand and respect the workings .
• affirm the importance and relevance of a consultation period to allow mutual understanding, analysis of contexts, the term of the respective expectations, putting into words the individual and collective motivations of different actors.

Any action is in the period, includes capacity building and organizational capacity of local actors and developing their autonomy.


" So that trees and plants bloom, so that the animals who feed on it thrive, so that the Men live, the earth has to be honoured"

Pierre Rabhi.

Notes

[1] in its etymological sense: home management, broadly defined