Principles, Values and Modes of Action
At the heart of BEDE’s associative project is the notion of exchange (of ideas, practices, seeds…), contrary to the logic of specialization and isolation (administration, finance, technological, cultural…) currently implemented.
BEDE promotes the exchange with and among its partners, members, collaborators, subject to compliance with the principles and modes of action described below and considered essential.
Subscribing to, collaborating with, or working for BEDE is to resonate with its principles, values, and modes of action.
1. BEDE is an association based on international solidarity whose mission is to link actors of agricultural biodiversity in three major regions: Europe, North Africa, and sub-Saharan Africa, and to defend their rights.
2. BEDE supports the exchange and diffusion of experiences between actors engaged at different points in the ecological transition of their agriculture. Furthermore, it undertakes a long-term commitment in the field accompanying groups and all those likely to provide a point of reference.
3. BEDE encourages and helps to organize programs and demonstrations that connect social movements and foster networks, coalitions and alliances around the dynamic conservation of biodiversity, the ecological shift of agriculture, and defending the principles of food sovereignty.
4. BEDE’s activites link agricultural and societal projects and support a triptych promoting a dynamic management of agricultural biodiversity, the methods and techniques of peasant agroecology, and the political and social principles of food sovreignty.
5. BEDE is opposed to the cultivation and use of genetically modified organisms (GMOs) and to the patenting of agricultural plants and animals, and any intellectual and industrial property rights on living organisms, which represent a serious threat to cultivated biodiversity and to food sovereignty. BEDE acts to disseminate the alternatives implemented for an ecological and peasant agricuture based on solidarity.
6. Along with its other activities, to favor widespread open dialogue and exchange, BEDE organizes conferences and debates, and provides educational documents on the threats and technological drift of agriculture and industrial farming (genetically modified plants and animals, new biotechnologies, privatization of life, etc), and on the challenges of peasant agroecology.