Recently Added Initiatives and Reports

  • Institutionalising dialogue in Rwanda through innovation platforms

    Members of the national level Innovation Platform in Rwanda and Humidtropics management visiting the potato fields of the Kadahenda Innovation Platform. Photo: Alain Hero Ngamije A platform of farmers, retailers and service providers,civil society organisations, NGOs, government officials, and researchers improves livelihoods in Rwanda. Through interaction and collaboration, these groups experiment with various technological and institutional innovations, thereby tackling local agricultural challenges. This experience illustrates the importance of institutionalising a space where knowledge can be co-created.

  • Perspectives: Strengthening people’s knowledge

    Photo: Food Sovereignty Alliance - India For the past half century agricultural innovation has denied a voice to the many groups who work outside the profession of science – farmers, food providers, women and the urban poor. The value of their expertise gained through practical experience must be recognised in the production and validation of knowledge.

  • Strawberry fields forever

    An agroecology researcher and UCSC students gather data from the comparative study of organic and conventional strawberry management, at Jim's Swanton Berry Farm, Davenport, Ca, 1987. Photo: Steve Gliessman Professor Steve Gliessman and farmer Jim Cochran are among the movers and shakers of the strawberry sector in California. Since the 1980s they have been experimenting with sustainable ways to grow strawberries and with alternative food networks. Committed to the agroecological transition, they built a powerful farmer- researcher partnership that was groundbreaking for farmers, academia and the strawberry industry as a whole.

  • The world’s largest safety net for family farmers?

    The average annual employment per household has only reached 50 days per year under the Act so far, half of the expected target. Photo: KS Gopal India’s Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (MGNREGA) is the largest public-works based employment programme in the world. Unanimously enacted by the Indian parliament in 2005, implementation began in February 2006. With an annual budget of six billion US dollars, it now supports some fifty million rural people – larger than the population of Senegal, Mali and Niger combined. This article focuses on the successes, issues and potential of the Act to improve the well being of workers and family farmers.

  • A systems approach against poverty

    Million Belay Opinion by Million Belay. Why is poverty deepening in Africa even when millions of dollars continue to be poured in to alleviate it?, asks Million Belay. He answers by highlighting how we need to promote agroecology, treat agriculture as a system, and move away from green revolution approaches.

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