Metropole of Montpellier Méditerranée / Agroecology

September :
Month of the agroecological transition in the Metropole of Montpellier Méditerranée
2 events proposed by

Projection-Debat on millet, african cereals  Theater GMO

Tuesday 19/09: 6:15 pm Projection, followed by a debate, of the documentary “Éloge des Mils : l’héritage africain” (“Praise of mils: the African heritage”) at Cinéma Diagonal Capitole, 5 rue de Verdun in Montpellier

Cereals of African descent, millet and sorghum have been supporting the communities for millennia in the resistance to drought and the assertion of an identity peculiar to the hottest regions of the planet.
This film shows why, in a context of food crises aggravated by climate change, the rebirth of millet crops represents a nourishing alternative all the more valuable that it is anchored in a history and knowledge still alive today in West Africa.
> Read more (Fr.)

A documentary designed and written by Robert Ali Brac de la Perrière and directed by Idriss Diabate

Friday 22 / 09 : 7:00 to 9:00 pm : Spectacle “Le péché ogémique” (“GMO Sin”), followed by a debate on new GMO and new patents, Salle Pétrarque, Hôtel de Varennes, 2, Place Pétrarque in Montpellier

A citizen show that titillates our a priori with irony, sharpens our vigilance on bio-security food and the underlying ethical issues. The subject is approached in an “intermondialist” language through a frantic rhythm of clownish play, mixed with songs, to end up encouraging the audience to participate in a final delirious trial.
> Read more (Fr.) + Photos

Sunday 24/09 : 10 am to 7 pmPeasant Seed Festival at the Agricultural High School of Gignac (34), organized by “Les Semeurs du Lodévois-Larzac”
 Seed exchange / Workshops / Associative stands / Peasant’s market / Conferences and debates / Restoration, refreshments, music …

> See the full program of the Peasant Seed Festival (Fr.)

> See the full program of Agro-ecological Transition Month
on MMM website (Fr.)
In recent months
West Africa/ Research and joint construction of knowledge
Training on the Management of pests in peasant agroecology, in Djougou (Benin) from 17 to 21 July
Organized with the ORAD (Organization of the Rurals for Sustainable Agriculture) and led by Prof. M. Coulibaly to answer a critical concern of the farmers “How to produce our traditional seeds of cowpea without insecticides? “

> Read more (Fr.)

Occitania Region / Research and joint construction of knowledge

First meetings “Sciences – Societies”,
3 to 5 July, 2017
Site St Charles, Pr. Henri Serres Str., Montpellier
> Read more (Fr.) (on MSH-Sud website)
Meetings supported by ALLISS and MSH-Sud and co-organised by Agropolis International / UMR ART-Dev / Artivistes-Atelier / BEDE / UMR CEFE / COGITHON / ComMod / Forum des débats / GDR PARCS / UMR G-eau / UMR Géosciences / UMR GRED / UR Green / Ligue pour la Protection des Oiseaux / EA LIRDEF / UMR LIRMM / Montpellier SupAgro / MSHS Toulouse / NSS-Dialogues / Les Petits Débrouillards / LabEx SMS / Tela Botanica
Numerous workshops, including: July, 3 (01:30 to 5:00 pm) : Presentation of the future Science Shop “Biodiversity, Agroecology and Food in Occitania”, and July, 4 (9:00 am to 5:00 pm) : Agro-ecological transition initiatives > Complete program (Fr.)
Recent Publications
West Africa / Seed Regulations

> Read / Download the study “Semences, Normes et Paysans” (Fr.)

Study “Semences, normes et paysans (Seeds, Norms and Peasants) : Status of the normative and institutional framework of the seed system and the place of farmers seeds and farmers’ rights in Mali” (IRPAD / BEDE, June 2016) (Fr.)
> To find out more on the process “Seeds, Norms and Peasants”) (Fr.)
West Africa / Biodiversity
“Biodiversity and nutrition” Study to assist in the implementation of the Voluntary Guidelines for the Systematic Conservation of Biodiversity in National and Regional Nutrition Policies, Programs and Action Plans in Mali..
> To know more about the program (Fr.)

> Read / Download the study “Biodiversité et Nutrition” (Fr.)

West Africa / Research and Agroecology

> Read / Download the study “Contributions nécessaires de la recherche agricole…” (Fr.)

“The necessary contributions of agricultural research for agroecology in West Africa”. This report, prepared in collaboration with FAO, aims to provide an analysis of the needs, experiences and initiatives already undertaken with a view to contributing to the implementation of the recommendations of the International Symposium on Agroecology for Food Security and Nutrition (2014) and the FAO Regional Meeting for Africa on Agroecology (2015).
Maghreb / Valorisation of Biodiversity

“Passions de figues”, by Chantal Lombet, Marie Poizat and Nordine Boulahouat (BEDE). > Read more (Fr.)

“Les plantes qui nourrissent notre village”, by the children of Tazla (Algeria) and Nordine Boulahouat (BEDE). > Read more (Fr.)
Look at other publications and DVD produced by BEDE