One of the main goals of the MPP is the development and preservation of peasant farming, which produces healthy food for peasant communities and local and national markets.

Peasant farming is based on agro-ecological methods which are organic, environment-friendly, and respectful of communities’ rights to healthy food.
It is the only farming method which can establish food sovereignty for communities. Inspired by natural rhythms, agro-ecology is composed of methods and techniques responding to the numerous needs of the world population. It is a solution to problems such as water management, reforesting, the fight against erosion, biodiversity, global warming, and man’s relationship with the environment.

Agro-ecology and the MPP

For the last five years, the MPP has been remarkably active in this area : 5 ecological villages are being created, 56 youths have qualified in agro-ecology and hundreds of others have mastered alternative technologies. As an example ; today, peasant communities use several methods to produce natural fertilizers and pesticides.
Peasants of the MPP use a system called JADEN PREKAY (neighbourhood gardens) making progress toward food sovereignty.

Some principles of agro-ecological farming practices

• Tilling enables a respect of the soil’s structure and natural balance, and does not disturb the various micro-organisms in the earth’s layers.

• Fertilisation is done with green manure, compost, and other natural fertilisers which provide real nourishment for soil. These inexpensive methods can be used by the poorest of farmers.

• Natural crop protection with biodegradable substances, traditionally used in the fight against parasites, such as ash, leaves, seeds, etc.

• Selection of the most suitable varieties for local farming : local, reproducible species, which enable a real autonomy.

• Economy and optimum water use and irrigation through a better understanding of the water/soil balance.

• Mechanical or animal energy, to avoid waste and expensive equipment ; without rejecting progress, but adjusting it to real-life circumstances

• Measures against soil erosion (small dykes, microdams, filtering dykes) ; using rainwater, restoring groundwater levels.

• Hedgerows for the protection of fields.

Replanting of trees on unused fields as a source of fuel, a natural pharmacopeia, art and crafts, human and animal food, soil regeneration.

Rehabilitation of traditional skills and economic ecology management.

• Teaching approach adapted to those in the field.

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