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The UAB's Graduate Diploma in Promoting Agroecological Farming at the Local Level: university training for agroecological transitions

Date: 2018-06-20

Postgrado DLAE

 

The worldwide environmental and social–economic crisis of industrialized agriculture has led to the emergence of agroecology as an alternative approach aiming to increase agri–food systems’ sustainability from an ecological, social and economic perspective.  As an action-oriented approach, agroecology seeks to scale agri–food systems’ sustainability in a process called “agroecological transition”.

Within a holistic approach, agroecological transitions may be understood as comprehensive processes of agri–food system socio-technical transition. Thus, as a radical (albeit progressive) shift from one socio-technical regime to another, involving a change in the technology, infrastructures, cultures, rules, values, institutions and practices of a societal system. Within this context, we examined a university training program initiated in 2014, the Graduate Diploma in Promoting Agroecological Farming at the Local Level at the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona  (http://dlae.cat/), to better understand its role in promoting agroecological transitions.

With a survey of 43 people who have completed the graduate diploma and 16 in-depth interviews also with ex-students, we found that the graduate degree can influence the reconfiguration of the food regime, and promote agroecological transitions. The training program also has shown a high performativity on the reconfiguration of visions of local development within the different agri–food system’s actors (e.g., the introduction of innovative narratives and action proposals within rural and local development practitioners and authorities). The set-up of the training program conceived as a hybrid forum, i.e. collecting an important diversity of agri–food system actors, can be an effective tool to promote hybrid-actor profiles, both in students with an activist or farmer background, as well as in practitioners of local or agricultural administration or extension bodies.

Within such hybrid forums, peer-to-peer interactions among the different actors act as an important change vector in a twofold way: (1) as a way to generate confidence among peers, and (2) as a way to confront different visions within the local agri–food systems. The conformed hybrid actors act as a bridge between different positions and practices in the real world, facilitating the understanding and subsequent cooperation between different actors. This leads to collective innovation processes.

 

Further information:
López-García, D., Calvet-Mir, L., Di Masso, M., & Espluga, J. (2018). Multi-actor networks and innovation niches: university training for local Agroecological Dynamization. Agriculture and Human Values, 1-13. https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007%2Fs10460-018-9863-7

 
 
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