Agroecology pp 67-86 | Cite as

The Threads of Repair

  • Angela Hilmi


This chapter proposes 12 steps for an agroecology transition. These have been developed based on the observation of successful transitions worldwide. They are not incremental nor in a particular order and can be used as and when needed as an inspiration to the transformation process. They are about democratic consultation and negotiation, exploration of new practices, the re-organization of resources and the values that are shared by the community, and they leave an open space for communities to themselves design their own futures. They suggest a reweaving of the social fabric, together with the enabling policies that can facilitate more viable farming globally. What is proposed here is not a fit-all scenario, but rather the re-connection of new webs of relationships that can trigger renewed forms of collaboration, which in turn have the power to foster intensive farming systems able to produce nutritious foods and societal welfare.


Democratic consultation Values Mapping Emergence Policies 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Angela Hilmi
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  1. 1.Centre for Agroecology, Water and Resilience (CAWR)Coventry UniversityCoventryUK
  2. 2.Ryton Organic GardensRyton-on-DunsmoreUK

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