• AgrPNG

    Agroecology. The Bold Future of Farming in Africa

    Content A publication launched by the African Alliance for Food Sovereignty, showcasing the huge potential of Agroecology to feed Africa, fix broken food systems and repair damaged landscapes, providing abundant healthy and nutritious food sustainably while increasing incomes and improving climate resilience. The publication also illustrates 15 case studies.
    Author AFSA, TOAM
    Contributor AFSA, TOAM
    Year Published 2017
    Type of Initiative Case Studies, Report
    Country ETHIOPIA, GHANA, KENYA, MALAWI, TOGO, UGANDA, Zimbabwe
    Link http://afsafrica.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/02/Agroecology-the-bold-future-of-farming-in-Africa-ebook1.pdf
    Million Belay

    Will the Green Revolution really ‘nutritionalise’ Africa?

    Content Opinion by Million Belay.
    We are told that high input agriculture will boost food production in Africa. A persistent worry for Million Belay is the loss of knowledge related to our nutritious, traditional crops if they succeed.
    Author Million Belay
    Contributor ILEIA
    Year Published 2014
    Type of Initiative Article
    Country ETHIOPIA
    Link http://www.agriculturesnetwork.org/magazines/global/reclaiming-nutrition/opinion-million-belay
    Million Belay

    A systems approach against poverty

    Content 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.
    Author Million Belay
    Contributor ILEIA
    Year Published 2014
    Type of Initiative Article
    Link http://www.agriculturesnetwork.org/magazines/global/resilience-faces/opinion-million-belay
    biointensive-agriculture-kenya

    Biointensive Agriculture Training Program in Kenya

    Content Manor House Agricultural Center provides training in low input farming as an alternative to conventional methods, which are heavily reliant on external inputs. Farmers practicing biointensive farming techniques experience significant yield increases and improved soil fertility and grow more nutritious crops. Since 1984, over 100,000 farmers have received this training, and an estimated 200,000 households now use methods of biointensive agriculture.
    Author Oakland Institute
    Contributor Oakland Institute
    Year Published 2015
    Type of Initiative Case Studies
    Country KENYA
    Link http://tinyurl.com/nceez5f
    agroforestry-mali

    Agroforestry to Improve Farm Productivity in Mali

    Content A research project on improved fallows examined how short-term rotations of selected perennial tree and shrub species impact cereal yields and soil quality in subsistence maize cropping systems. The effects of improved fallows on maize yields were significant when combining a tree species (Gliricidia) and a nitrogen-fixing legume (Stylosanthes). The results suggest that this innovative agroforestry strategy holds significant promise for enhancing soil fertility, maize yields and food security throughout Mali and sub-Saharan Africa.
    Author Oakland Institute
    Contributor Oakland Institute
    Year Published 2015
    Type of Initiative Case Studies
    Country MALI
    Link http://www.oaklandinstitute.org/sites/oaklandinstitute.org/files/Agroforestry_Mali.pdf
    food-security-malawi

    Agroforesterie pour la sécurité alimentaire au Malawi

    Content Le Malawi est confronté à une myriade de problèmes environnementaux, sociaux et sanitaires, y compris l’insécurité alimentaire, la dégradation des terres et la déforestation. Un programme d’agroforesterie promeut la plantation d’arbres pour augmenter les rendements des cultures dans les sols épuisés, lutter contre la déforestation et autonomiser les femmes.
    Author Oakland Institute
    Contributor Oakland Institute
    Year Published 2015
    Type of Initiative Case Studies
    Country MALAWI
    Link http://www.oaklandinstitute.org/sites/oaklandinstitute.org/files/Securite_Alimentare_Malawi.pdf
    Bees bring a new buzz to family farming in Zimbabwe

    Bees bring a new buzz to family farming in Zimbabwe

    Content One way that family farmers improve their resilience to both climatic and economic shocks is to diversify what is produced. More and different crops and livestock, particularly local varieties and breeds are being promoted. Two other options stand out too – bees and trees. These have the added advantages of complementing the production of agricultural crops and enhancing the agroecosystem. In Zimbabwe, the Ruzivo Trust has been promoting beekeeping, and the results are showing the sweet taste of success. Bees can help farmers break out of poverty.
    Author Chipo Gono
    Contributor ILEIA
    Year Published 2014
    Type of Initiative Case Studies
    Country Zimbabwe
    Link http://www.agriculturesnetwork.org/magazines/global/resilience-faces/diversifying-with-bees-zimbabwe
    Farmers in the Sahel seeing how crop yields can be maintained even in years of poor rainfall, by planting in large basins. Photo: Groundswell International

    Moving from vulnerability to resilience in Africa

    Content In August 2012, the Seidu family had to cope with the bad harvest. Like many farming families in northern Ghana, they had to adopt the ‘one-zero-one’ strategy for the children and the ‘zero-zero-one’ strategy for themselves. ‘One’ represents a meal, ‘zero’ is no meal. So during the lean season, their four children had breakfast in the morning, nothing at midday, and a meal in the evening.
    Author Peter Gubbels
    Contributor ILEIA
    Year Published 2014
    Type of Initiative Article
    Country GHANA
    Link http://www.agriculturesnetwork.org/magazines/global/resilience-faces/theme-overview-building-resilience
    With the home nurseries in the compound, the whole family helps to tend the tree seedlings. Photo: Mohammed El Hassan Ali

    Home nurseries: Viable businesses with environmental awareness

    Content Butana is a dry plateau in northern Sudan, east of the river Nile. Covering 65,000 square kilometres, less than 10% can be described as ‘woodland’ in the vaguest sense of the word, and even these trees are disappearing rapidly. The Butana Integrated Rural Development Project began in 2008 with the aim of supporting the livelihoods of poor family farmers by strengthening their resilience in the face of recurrent droughts. And improving tree cover was a key means of achieving this.
    Author Mohammed El Hassan Ali
    Contributor ILEIA
    Year Published 2014
    Type of Initiative Case Studies
    Country SUDAN
    Link http://www.agriculturesnetwork.org/magazines/global/resilience-faces/diversifying-with-trees
    Farmers and agronomists are conducting experiments to find a balance between crop yields, feeding their cattle and improving the soil.

    From slash and burn to ‘slash and mulch’

    Content In semi-arid cropping regions of West Africa, fallow periods are getting shorter. As land becomes more scarce, farmers are not able to give their soils enough time to rest. This is leading to depletion of soil organic matter, severely threatening soil fertility and damaging soil structure. In the worst cases, crops hardly yield anything anymore. But this is not an option for family farmers. In Burkina Faso, some have found ways to restore their soils that have been dubbed ‘slash and mulch’. The improvement and spread of these techniques also proves the importance of partnerships between farmers and researchers in developing locally suited practices.
    Author Georges Felix
    Contributor ILEIA
    Year Published 2015
    Type of Initiative Case Studies
    Country BURKINA FASO
    Link http://www.agriculturesnetwork.org/magazines/global/soils-for-life/slash-and-mulch