About Agrotopia

Our vision

‘Conventional’ agriculture has brought about incredible production increase which would have been unimaginable at the beginning of the 20th century. However, we are now seeing that it is reaching its limits. And so we need to consider new techniques and agricultural systems that are profitable and take place in a regenerative process both for nature and for humanity.

As we become aware of this situation as a society, we are seeing more and more individuals and businesses turning to agroecology and permaculture as viable alternatives. We aim to support this expansion through a scientific and practical approach.

Vision agroecologie

Mission and ambition

 

Agrotopia’s mission is to contribute to the emergence of new agroecological initiatives through research-development, training and coaching of project leaders. The objective is sharing agroecological practices with project leaders who can then put them into practice in their own context.

3 key points:

Growth

Designing and developing agroecology and permaculture practices in the field.

Education

Training project leaders through courses introducing them to these practices.

Support

Supporting course participants right through to their project implementation by personal coaching.

Our values and beliefs

COHERENCE AND PRAGMATISM

Agrotopia has a rational approach taking into account the real situations faced by farmers in their environment. Besides the fact that its vision is idealist, training is based on solid scientific basis. Agrotopia aims at developing and strengthening good practices on this basis.

PROSPERITY

Access to profitable agroecological activities must be accessible to all, including the poorest, so that project leaders can prosper while contributing to a better world without compromising the fundamental balance of the planet.

PROGRESS

In a changing world, where evolution is the norm and a necessity, we wish to develop and encourage good practice and education by linking them to the field.

INNOVATION

We acknowledge the need of constant innovation in order to improve and sustain wellbeing for all.

SUSTAINABILITY & BALANCE

Our objective is to support and develop an agroecological system that has a positive impact on the environment, nature and humanity. Every initiative must be studied from every angle in order to find acceptable trade-off.

SHARING

Initiatives must be gathered and shared, putting collective work first.

The team

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Guirec de Wouters

Guirec grew up on a family farm, and following an education in management (2011), finance (2013) and entrepreneurship (2014), and with a passion for innovation, he established himself in Holistic Business Development. Agrotopia is at a crossroads between agriculture, innovation and holistic entrepreneurship. Guirec ensures the respect of the vision within the structure of the project.

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Guillaume Lhoest

Guillaume graduated from the Royal Agricultural University with a degree in Rural Land Management (UK) (2013) and is passionate about nature since he was a child. He initiated the idea of Agrotopia in 2015 to propagate the creation of synergies within ecosystems so that future generations can enjoy a natural environment that is sustainable, beautiful and good. He is the president of the association and operation manager.

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Alain Peeters

Alain is an agronomist and agroecologist with Master’s (1979) and PhD (1989) degrees in Agricultural Science from the Université de Louvain (UCL, Belgium). He has a vast knowledge of both theoretical and practical agronomy, and of the ecology of temperate and tropical regions. He has 35 years of experience in research and practical agronomy, and in environmental protection and management. Today he wants to share his passion and knowledge with project leaders to stimulate the development of agroecology in society. He is President of Agrotopia’s Scientific Committee.

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Wauthier Lhoest

Wauthier has a strong desire to play a role in transition. Through entrepreneurship, he wants to contribute to the emergence of a regenerative and meaningful economic model. His contributions to the project are his knowledge of law and a passion for building the world of tomorrow. He ensures the project embodies its values and utopic vision.