Building communities around sustainable food systems: Stephen Sherwood at TEDxWageningen

TEDx Talks

Published on Aug 14, 2012

Stephen is an organic farmer and food activist based in Ecuador as well as a lecturer and research fellow with the Communication and Innovation Group at Wageningen University. Over the last 25 years, he has supported rural people’s movements throughout the Americas, seeking social change in favour of healthier, more sustainable living and being. The activity of my colleagues and I has contributed to major innovations in rural development practice, including: the introduction of farmer-led experimentation and farmer-to-farmer extension methodologies in favour of the sustainable intensification of smallholder agriculture through the successful promotion of green manures and covercrops, Integrated Pest Management, seed management, and water harvesting. Stephen have co-founded agroecology movements in Central and South America as well as a number of exciting organizations, including the global grassroots development partnership Groundswell International ( and the philanthropy PeaksOverPoverty (


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