What is IPAM

The International People’s Agroecology Multiversity (IPAM) is a research-learning-action approach to agroecology that focuses on small-food producers and farming communities. IPAM promotes agroecology as a sustainable approach to agriculture and food production and development, in the framework of food sovereignty, ecological and social justice. It is an innovative approach developed by a network of farmers and women’s organisations, NGOs, researchers and academic institutions.

IPAM’s Features

Field Learning Sites

IPAM is a network of Field Learning Sites (FLS) situated in different communities across regions. The FLS are training centres or campuses of farmers’ fields, NGOs, institutions and universities that offers on-site learning and collaboration on agro-ecological farming methods, innovations and techniques.
The FLS offers structured sessions, study tours, visits, immersions and exchanges among farmers, students, CSOs and researchers.The FLS are managed by farmers, farmers’ groups and collaborators such as universities, institutes and CSOs that promote and practice agroecology.IPAM links the various FLS in different communities and brings the knowledge and innovations from the ground-up through its portal.

IPAM focuses on research-learning-action approach

Research For Agroecology promotes evidence-based and participatory-action researches, innovations and best practices on agro-ecological zones and farming methods. This includes local and indigenous knowledge systems, culture and practice.
Learning For Agroecology combines on-field and online approach on agroecology that provides participatory learning processes, promotes farmer-scientist collaboration, and cooperation between farmers and within communities.
Action for Agro-ecology focuses on community and movement building to strengthen campaigns, policy work and networking from local to global levels.

IPAM’s portal is a dynamic hub for various learning approaches on agroecology:

  • The Knowledge Platform is a one-stop resource centre on agroecology and has access to hundreds of materials, from on-ground researches and case studies to academic researches.
  • The Research Platform is a forum to promote and share ideas and do collaborative work on participatory researches, evidence-based documentation, innovations and case studies on agroecology.
  • The Learning Platform offers on-site and online training courses; webinars, and online learning modules and videos for short- and long-term sessions. This site also offers the hub for the Field Learning Sites.
  • The Community Building Platform documents success stories from the ground on various agroecological practices, innovations and techniques.
  • The Action Platform supports communities and movements through petitions and alerts in support of campaigns, networking and mobilisation from local to global arenas.