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Critical Adult Education in Food Movements

  • Shows how education contributes to food sovereignty and agroecology

  • Makes social transformation for food sovereignty and justice concrete

  • Contains cases that show how food movements may be effective

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Table of contents (8 chapters)

  1. Front Matter

    Pages i-v
  2. Farming for Change: Developing a Participatory Curriculum on Agroecology, Nutrition, Climate Change and Social Equity in Malawi and Tanzania

    • Rachel Bezner Kerr, Sera L. Young, Carrie Young, Marianne V. Santoso, Mufunanji Magalasi, Martin Entz et al.
    Pages 29-46
  3. Multi-actor Networks and Innovation Niches: University Training for Local Agroecological Dynamization

    • Daniel López-García, Laura Calvet-Mir, Marina Di Masso, Josep Espluga
    Pages 47-59
  4. Food Sovereignty Education Across the Americas: Multiple Origins, Converging Movements

    • David Meek, Katharine Bradley, Bruce Ferguson, Lesli Hoey, Helda Morales, Peter Rosset et al.
    Pages 91-106

About this book

This book focuses on research that shows the importance of critical adult education for the spread of food sovereignty and agroecology to more people and places. It pays particular attention to the important role that learning, education and pedagogy can play in social transformation for food sovereignty and justice—an approach referred to broadly as “Learning for Transformation”. It reveals common dynamics and principles that critical education for food sovereignty share in different contexts. The book draws together 8 chapters that offer new critical insights about why, where, and how learning for transformation is being implemented,—and what next.

Previously published in Agriculture and Human Values Volume 36, issue 3, September 2019

Chapter “Transformative agroecology learning in Europe: building consciousness, skills and collective capacity for food sovereignty” is available open access under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License via


  • food sovereignty
  • critical education
  • agroecology
  • food movements
  • agronomy

Editors and Affiliations

  • The Institute for Agroecology, University of Vermont, Burlington, USA

    Colin R. Anderson

  • Arran de terra SCCL, Santa Maria d'Oló, Spain

    Rosa Binimelis Adell

  • Coventry University, Coventry, UK

    Michel P. Pimbert

  • INGENIO (CSIC-Universitat Politècnica de València), Valencia, Spain

    Marta Rivera Ferre

About the editors

Colin R. Anderson is an Associate Research Professor and the Director of Research for the Institute for Agroecology at the University of Vermont (UVM). Foregrounding participatory research, learning and action, his work focuses on how to enable just transitions for sustainability, equity and well-being. He aims to co-produce and deploy knowledge with communities, networks, researchers and social movement organizations who are organizing to confront intersecting crises we face today and who are reimagining and building alternatives. 

Rosa Binimelis is a researcher and activist working on food sovereignty at the cooperative Arran de terra in Catalonia. She has worked on the multidisciplinary analysis of agrifood systems. Her research interests include agroecological transitions and public policies, food sovereignty and socio-environmental conflicts related to the food system and rural areas. In parallel, she works with rural communities and social movements on food sovereignty, social transformative economies and alternative agri-food systems, mainly in Catalonia.  

Michel P. Pimbert is Professor of Agroecology and Food Politics at Coventry University and the Director of the Centre for Agroecology, Water and Resilience in the UK. His research interests include agroecology and food sovereignty; the political ecology of biodiversity and natural resource management; participatory action research methodologies; and deliberative democratic processes. He works with small and family farmers, indigenous peoples, and communities to advance transdisciplinary and transformative ways of knowing that regenerate local ecologies, economies and cultural diversity. 

M. G. Rivera-Ferre is a Research Professor working on grassroots innovations in agri-food systems at the Spanish National Research Council in INGENIO (CSIC-UPV). With a multidisciplinary profile in the analysis of the society and environment interactions within agri-food systems, she has a particular interest in alternative agri-food systems following the food sovereignty paradigm and in the analysis of feminists and commons theories as to be adopted in agri-food research. She is also interested in the way different mental models and discourses co-exist in agricultural research and management. She has worked on the potential of local traditional agri-food knowledge in adaptation to climate change.

Bibliographic Information

  • Book Title: Critical Adult Education in Food Movements

  • Editors: Colin R. Anderson, Rosa Binimelis Adell, Michel P. Pimbert, Marta Rivera Ferre

  • DOI:

  • Publisher: Springer Cham

  • eBook Packages: Religion and Philosophy, Philosophy and Religion (R0)

  • Copyright Information: The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Switzerland AG 2022

  • Hardcover ISBN: 978-3-031-19399-6Published: 22 November 2022

  • Softcover ISBN: 978-3-031-19402-3Due: 06 December 2023

  • eBook ISBN: 978-3-031-19400-9Published: 21 November 2022

  • Edition Number: 1

  • Number of Pages: V, 120

  • Number of Illustrations: 5 b/w illustrations

  • Additional Information: Spinoff from journal: "Agriculture and Human Values" Volume 36, issue 3, September 2019

  • Topics: Agricultural Ethics, Food Science

Buying options

eBook USD 109.00
Price excludes VAT (USA)
  • ISBN: 978-3-031-19400-9
  • Instant PDF download
  • Readable on all devices
  • Own it forever
  • Exclusive offer for individuals only
  • Tax calculation will be finalised during checkout
Hardcover Book USD 149.99
Price excludes VAT (USA)