Francesco Ajena

Francesco Ajena is a political scientist specialised in agroecology and sustainable agricultural systems. He joined IPES-Food in October 2017 to support the panel’s project, “Towards a Common Food Policy for the EU”. He also currently works as the Advisor on Agriculture, Health and Food policy for the Belgian French-speaking Green party (Ecolo). From 2015 to 2017, he worked for the European Green Party where he contributed on the Greens position for the Post-2020 CAP reform. Previously, Francesco has held internships with Amnesty International and the European Coordination of La Via Campesina.


Agriculture 3.0 or (Smart) Agroecology?

Many EU policy-makers see precision agriculture as the answer to the question of food sustainability, but agroecology offers a genuinely sustainable solution already at hand.

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Z naturą czy przeciw niej?

Reputacja glifosatu, systemowego herbicydu o szerokim spektrum zastosowań, np. jako najpopularniejszy na świecie środek przeciw chwastom, używanego też jako środek osuszający, podupadła w roku 2015 po publikacji raportu Międzynarodowej Agencji Badań nad Nowotworami (International Agency for Research on Cancer, IARC) należącej do Światowej Organizacji Zdrowia. Raport ten postawił serię pytań dotyczących bezpieczeństwa glifosatu oraz praktyk badawczych jego producenta, giganta chemicznego Monsanto.

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Working with Nature or Against it?

The debate around glyphosate goes beyond whether it's carcinogenic or not - it challenges our whole model of agriculture, but there is an alternative.

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Food Production in Europe: Time to Look Ahead

Food policy isn't working. Does the Common Agriculture Policy (CAP) address the problems, or can agroecology provide the answers?

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