The Mansholt letter is a letter that Sicco Mansholt, the person who designed the current model of specialised agriculture in The Netherlands wrote to the European Union in 1972, at the end of his life, acknowledging that the model he designed was actually ‘wrong’. This is part of a series of interviews compiled by Het Nieuwe Instituut to make this letter public at the World Expo in Milan. In this interview we see Pema Gyamtsho, Bhutan’s former Ministry of Agriculture, who aimed at turning Bhutan into the first wholly organic nation.
What motivates young farmers, many of them from a non-farming background, to embrace agroecology and take on farming as their main livelihood? Check these testimonies of young European farmers compiled for ILEIA by Future Farmers in the Spotlight (full fims can be watched here).
At both ends, in highly industrialised and in subsistence smallholder agricultural contexts, livestock farmers express their concern about the future of agriculture and rural livelihoods