PresentationThe world agri-food system is going through an acute crisis motivated not only by food insecurity, the low profitability of agricultural activity, but also by the negative impacts that the current way of organizing said system is causing on people's health and on the environment.
International organizations, especially FAO and the United Nations Special Rapporteur for the Right to Adequate Food, Olivier de Schutter, have been recognizing and promoting the dissemination of Agroecology as a way of managing agrarian systems capable of fighting hunger, rural poverty, improve food security and improve the living conditions of the rural population in general, especially in developing countries, provide sufficient, healthy and quality food without degrading the natural resource base, i.e. , the quality of agricultural ecosystems. This will only be possible by promoting more sustainable forms of productive resource management in relocated agri-food systems.
Agroecology, as a practical tool and as a scientific approach, addresses through its three dimensions (ecological-productive, socioeconomic and political-cultural) the various forms of transition towards more sustainable agri-food systems, from the farm to the forms of organization of consumption and public policies. The complex and transdisciplinary look are an essential part of Agroecology as a way of facing the problems of the agricultural sector, the rural environment and the consumption of healthy foods.
The understanding of ecological processes and the role of traditional and modern forms of sustainable agriculture, together with an understanding of the social and political processes of the organization of agri-food systems, are the basis for recognizing trends and accompanying processes of agroecological transition on different scales and from the three dimensions.
The participatory analysis and monitoring methodologies of agroecological transition processes are a fundamental part of this master's degree, which has a history that has made it an international scientific reference since it began in 1996. This master's degree continues, therefore, strengthening a critical and complex perspective and praxis on agri-food systems and forms of agroecological social transition through forms of collective social action and public policies.
This master's degree is carried out in collaboration with the University of Córdoba and the Pablo de Olavide University.