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The Social Science of Agroecology: Policy and Praxis Implications

April 20 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm EDT

Agroecology is a systems-based agenda for food system transformation towards human and planetary health. Agroecology combines agricultural and social sciences with participatory practices, including the co-production of knowledge between scientists and farmers. However, research indicates the social science of agroecology may be less commonly employed among agricultural scientists, which diminishes its possibilities for effecting social change. To address this gap, Dr. Kelinsky-Jones will discuss the social science of agroecology by focusing on both policy for agroecology and agroecology for policy. For the former, Dr. Kelinsky-Jones will briefly discuss her research on how the United States Agency for International Development’s (USAID) policy influences agroecological possibilities at sampled land-grant universities. To attend to agroecology for policy, she will provide a short overview of a science policy outreach project where her team employed an agroecological lens to develop policy possibilities for climate-resilience in Southwest Virginia. The aim of this presentation is to generate an open dialogue with participants on their questions, perceptions, and use of agroecology through a social science lens, including its possibilities for policy and community development practice. Please register to attend.


April 20
3:00 pm - 5:00 pm EDT
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Building a sustainable foodshed from farm and fishery to table