AARN connects researchers, farmers and educators to promote their work in transforming Australian food and agriculture systems, and support the development of agroecology farmer field schools to foster action-oriented and farmer-led scholarship.
Our work is organised around the notions that knowledge can translate into power and action, agricultural research can inform our understanding of the agroecological innovations happening on farms already, and inspire new ideas of what is possible both on farms and off.
We assert that people and communities should be the primary decision-makers shaping our food and agriculture systems. We support and promote participatory research projects to help us understand what is already working in agricultural communities, what is not, and what we can do differently. Key areas of activity include:
- Active engagement between farmers and researchers to determine farmers’ research needs.
- Creation and maintenance of a database of:
- Connect honours, postgraduate, and early career researchers to AARN to co-create research projects with farmers.
- Development of and support for Agroecology Farmer Field Schools.
The AARN brings researchers and farmers together in order to promote scholarly engagement in those areas that are most relevant to, and that will most benefit small-scale farmers working towards an ethical, ecologically-sound and socially-just food system.
In doing so, the AARN aims to increase the visibility of agroecology and food sovereignty research in Australia amongst researchers, research students, policymakers, farmers, and social movements. To this end, the AARN will also promote active dissemination of current research and other communications via a listserv subscription that will be made available to its members.