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Presented By: Jelleke de Nooy

Event: ECHO East Africa Symposium II on Best Practices in Highland Areas (2016-11-01)

Our global agricultural and food system is broken and needs to transition to one that is more 
sustainable and beneficial to the world's population. This seems hard in the face of the linked challenges of climate change, natural resource depletion, and worldwide economic and social upheaval. At the same time, farmer-led social movements are growing, and there is increasing recognition that agroecology and food sovereignty are key solutions for both nutritious food security and climate change adaptation. Landscapes mirror the (agri) culture of a country ( and the economic, financially geared considerations and interventions). Communities of practice ( innovation networks) can together shape an agroecological movement for local and regional food security that is socially embedded. She will describe the transition to agroecology which is already happening, worldwide and give some keys for transition so that our sharing can catalyzing this change.

Presenter: Jelleke de Nooy did her MSc at Wageningen University in landscape architecture and 
regional planning (1977). This gave her the essential insight that a landscape cannot be designed; actually it grows and takes its' shape by the combined efforts of those who use it to their best knowledge using interactions with soil, water, climate and culture. She switched to facilitating participative research, participative regional development and facilitating communities of practice and social change. Jelleke is a consultant in Ethiopia now, where she lives with her husband Robert de Nooy, stimulating exchange of knowledge and experiences, initiating and facilitating Network Development to create synergy in projects and agenda's for sustainable agriculture. In 2015 she coordinated the successful Ethiopian National Soil Campaign and is known as one of the 'midwives of the new eco-era', because of her catalyst role in making the change happen.