The International Agroecology Action Network (IAEAN) is a network and consultancy group composed of concerned scientists willing to work hard to change the world. Our pool of available consultants offer a wide range of skills and competences and we combine our diverse backgrounds in order to dynamically implement sustainable and effective projects. We seek to improve society through our actions and research and we believe that both grassroots and top-down approaches are necessary to drive systemic change. Our members are currently involved in international organizations, private companies, development associations, and in academic spheres.
Maud Hallin - Belgium
Maud has a Master’s degree from Gembloux Agro-Bio Tech in Forest and natural land management. Because she is also interested in food systems and social aspects linked with it, she oriented her studies to agroforestry at Laval University (Canada). For her Master’s thesis, she studied the development potential of agroforestry with smallholder farmers in the peri-urban areas of Lubumbashi (Democratic Republic of Congo). She discovered Agroecology in France at Terre & Humanisme, an association founded by Pierre Rabhi. She continued to learn about it, in a more academical way at the International Summer School in Agroecology at Toulouse (France) and with an inter-university certificate “Agroecology and Transition Towards Sustainable Food Systems” in Belgium. She has fieldwork experiences in France, as a worker on a CSA farm in UK, and in a community urban garden in Belgium. Last year, she spent 6 months in Totnes (UK) involved with the Transition Town Totnes and as a volunteer at Schumacher College. Currently, her projects touch upon food systems, food sovereignty, and the right to food.
Florian Delespesse - Belgium
Florian has a B.Sc. in bio-engineering (2011) from Gembloux Agro-Bio-Tech, Belgium and a M.S. in Agroecology (2014) obtained in the European Master of Science Agroecology where he studied at NMBU, Norway, UW- Madison, USA and ISARA, France. His academic focuses were both on agroecological practices within the fields and on alternative food supply chains development. He has worked on several organic farms throughout the world and done research within the agronomy department of UW-Madison on cover-cropping in organic field crops. He also researched opportunities to expend short food supply chains beyond niche markets to reach crop field producers and institutional catering. He now coordinates development actions in Mali with a local association working on the rebuilding of the Timbuktu region after the war. The focus is on emergency needs as well as the long-term reconstruction of livestock and farming activities. The empowerment of the communities is central to programs developed with representative assemblies responsible of implementing and running these. He also coordinates the creation of an eco-village in Belgium integrating food production in buildings, and leads the creation of an international professional network for agroecologists.
Cristina Gil Ruiz - Basque Country, Spain
Cris is a rural sociologist and agroecologist with special interest in raising social awareness about the importance of living soils. She advocates healthy soils and social justice. In 2007 she completed her Urban Ecology and Population Sociology Master's degree with a specialization in Rural Sociology. For her Master's thesis in Agroecology (2014), she facilitated workshops where farmers improved their understanding about the impact of farming techniques on soil structure and biodiversity. In 2015 she has lead a pilot study about ways to develop urban agriculture in former farmland in Oslo. Currently she studies ways to develop local food systems (both in Norway and Spain). At the same time, she facilitates workshops with farmers and children for raising awareness about the huge importance of healthy and living soils. She believes that in order to achieve social justice it is mandatory to build new relationships between humans and soils.
Cori Keene - Florida, USA
Cori first discovered her passion for researching the nexus between agriculture and ecology as a teenager while planting rice knee-deep in mud in the Himalayas. Fully awed by the complex ecological knowledge systems of indigenous farmers, her fascination ultimately led her to gain hands-on experience working with farmers in diverse contexts throughout North Africa, North and Central America, Europe, and Asia. She completed her undergraduate studies in sociology and agroecology in the United States (Prescott College), and completed her graduate education in France (ISARA-Lyon) and Norway (NMBU). In the past, she conducted participatory research in Guatemala with Mayan farmers in order to co-develop locally appropriate farming techniques for climate change adaptation and enhanced food sovereignty. Cori completed an internship at the Global Soil Partnership where she worked to launch the UN's International Year of Soils (2015) campaign, and previously worked to implement a USDA Food Insecurity and Nutrition Incentive grant regarding socioeconomic development in Florida. She currently works as an independent agri-environmental consultant and engages with diverse international clientele including start-ups, businesses, civil society organizations, nonprofits, and research institutions.
Hadrien Lantremange - Belgium
Hadrien studied agro-economics and organic agriculture at the Universities of Liège and Ghent, in Belgium. In 2013 he worked as a researcher and adviser on farm management for one year, studying possibilities of profitability improvement in a Belgian organic farm while preserving social and environmental organic standards. He also worked as a research assistant at the University of Liège on rural development in 2014, particularly on the European Rural Development Program assessment. In the same year, he joined a renowned consulting firm specialized in climate change, resource scarcity, and energy management in order to enrich his agronomical and economical reflection with these physical and critical aspects. He has now launched into a PhD in ecological economics at the University of Paris-1 La Sorbonne.
Carlo Bettinelli - Italy
Carlo believes that it is only possible to make good food when people take care of the environment in which they live and farm, respecting all the organisms living in it. He has a Bachelor’s degree in Agronomic and Forestry Sciences from the University of Bologna (Italy, 2011) and a Master's of Science in Organic Agriculture with a specialization in Agroecology from Wageningen University (the Netherlands, 2015). During his studies he has had the opportunity to get involved in several student initiatives such as setting up a summer course aimed at bringing students to work on organic farms and analyzing them through the agroecological lens. For his master thesis he travelled to Nepal to work with the international nonprofit organization CIMMYT, where he researched about the possibilities for ecological intensification of farming systems, evaluating the degree of diversity and crop-livestock integration of these systems. Recently he has worked in the first Italian CSA farm, Arvaia, where he gained practical skills about small-scale horticulture as well as managing a complex social structure.
Merel Hofmeijer - Netherlands
Merel has a BSc in Plant sciences from the University of Wageningen in the Netherlands and has graduated from the European Master of Science Agroecology. For her Master's degree she studied topics including Organic Agriculture, Farm and Food Systems, and Environmental Philosophy at the universities of NMBU Norway, Wageningen UR Netherlands, ISARA-Lyon France and conducted a master thesis at the Research Institute of Organic Agriculture (FiBL) in Switzerland, where she researched the interaction between plants and soils in organic systems. Her focus lies on sustainable agronomic practices in the context of a healthier food system and environment. Merel has worked on several CSA’s and small farming projects in the Netherlands and has a degree in beekeeping.