Stakeholders in agroecology

Stakeholders in agroecology

Vol.18-4, Dec 2016

Diverse stakeholders’ working together has been always a challenge – especially when the mandates are inherently different. Self imposed boundaries and hierarchies stifle collective action. However, all these challenges dissolve when the purpose becomes bigger than the position. Agroecological knowledge is context, ability and opportunity specific. Marriage of knowledge systems – informal and formal, recognition for grass root innovation and creating an atmosphere for it to happen, is the basis for the agroecological movement. Enabling environment and appropriate support is needed which requires different sensitivity, respect and working arrangements. Diverse stakeholders do play a positive role, when they are determined to. In this issue, we share some experiences which throw light on the immense potential of working together for a common purpose.