Everyday Experts: How People’s Knowledge Can Transform the Food System

A man in India sits surrounded by grain.

Everyday Experts explains how knowledge built up through first-hand experience can help solve the crisis in the food system.

It brings together 57 activists, farmers, practitioners, researchers and community organisers from around the world to take a critical look at attempts to improve the dialogue between people whose knowledge has been marginalised in the past and others who are recognised as professional experts.

From Canada to India, Peru to Iran, using a combination of stories, poems, photos and videos, the contributors demonstrate
how people’s knowledge can transform the food system towards greater social and environmental justice. Many of the chapters also explore the challenges of using action and participatory approaches to research.

Imagining a more participatory future

The chapters share new insights, analysis and stories that can expand our imagination of a future that encompasses:

  • making dialogue among people with different ways of understanding the world central to all decision-making 

  • the re-affirmation of Indigenous, local, traditional and other knowledge systems 

  • a blurring of the divide between professional expertise and expertise that is derived from experience 

  • transformed relationships amongst ourselves and with the Earth to confront inequality and the environmental crisis 

Get the full report

You can download the full book or individual chapters from the Coventry University website

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