Agroecology for the 21st Century


Cape Town, South Africa, 28-30 January 2019

Call for Abstracts

Agroecology is increasingly recognised as a viable and innovative approach that can be scaled up with adequate policy support. As a science, a practice and a vibrant and growing movement, agroecology presents a way of regenerating relationships between people, food and ecosystems, for reversing the damages of our colonial agricultural past, and for restoring and reclaiming arable land as a productive rather than as an extractive activity. It also presents an opportunity for revaluing our traditional seed and indigenous knowledge systems, for giving hope to our youth, creating economic opportunities and sustainable livelihoods for many, and feeding southern African nations.

Against this backdrop, a three-day conference is planned to bring together a wide range of contributors across disciplines and sectors to discuss the present state and future possibilities of agroecology in South Africa and beyond. The focus is on South Africa and neighbouring countries in the region, but contributions are welcomed from other parts of Africa and across the globe.

Following on from an earlier call for proposals, we invite submission of 300-word abstracts to present papers or posters based on one or more of the following themes. Please indicate whether the submission is a poster or paper. This call will remain open until 31 October 2018. Applicants will be notified by 15 November as to whether or not their abstracts have been accepted.



  1. Food, nutrition, socio-cultural and health issues in agroecology
  2. Knowledge systems and pedagogies in agroecology research, training and education
  3. Lessons from the ground: Agroecology in practice
  4. Land, water, seeds, agrobiodiversity and farmers’ rights
  5. Cooperatives, urban-rural linkages and building markets for agroecology
  6. Community governance, ways of knowing and complexity
  7. Transitioning to agroecology: Politics, policy and social movements


Please send your abstract to by 31 October 2018

For any programmatic queries, please contact: Haidee Swanby at

For any logistical queries, please contact: Fahdelah Hartley at 021 650 2866 or