• 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

    The world’s largest safety net for family farmers?

    Content 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.
    Author KS Gopal
    Contributor ILEIA
    Year Published 2014
    Type of Initiative Case Studies
    Country INDIA
    Link http://www.agriculturesnetwork.org/magazines/global/resilience-faces/social-safety-nets

    Sustainable Way of Living – Homeschooling the Youth

    Content Mainstream education has caused difficulties for the youth of northern Thailand in reaching their dreams. In most cases, they are forced to take exorbitant student loans which brings their families in poorer conditions.

    This video proposes an alternative to mainstream education by home schooling the youth and teaching them the sustainable way of living. They are taught to live in a sufficiency economy model, consuming what they only need and driving themselves away from greed.

    Author Phra Sangkom Thanapanyo Khunsiri
    Contributor Moral Promotion Center Public Organisation, Office of Knowledge Management and Development
    Type of Initiative Multi-Media
    Link https://youtu.be/w4oBGneP6dY

    A ‘green revolution’ that may save Filipino coconut farmers

    Content In agroforestry, farmers plant more than one type of crop and in different heights – a concept called multi-storey cropping. Like in the Marjes’ farm, you’ll find coconut trees or tall fruit trees watching over everything.
    In lower levels are shorter fruit trees, coffee or cacao trees, and herbal plants. On the ground are pineapples, tuber and root crops like cassava, potato, and peanut.
    Author Rappler
    Contributor Rappler
    Year Published 2016
    Type of Initiative Article
    Link http://www.rappler.com/science-nature/environment/120326-agroforestry-intercropping-coconut-farmers-quezon

    Youth and agriculture: It’s up to us

    Content With a population of more than 28 million, Nepal is one of the poorest countries in Asia. But it is enormously rich in terms of biodiversity and natural resources, and agriculture plays a very important role in the country’s economy. It is also very rich in another way: young people make up 40 percent of the population. The problem is that young people don’t seem to be interested in agriculture.
    Author Author
    Contributor Dinesh Panday
    Year Published 2013
    Type of Initiative Case Studies
    Country NEPAL
    Link http://www.agriculturesnetwork.org/magazines/global/markets/youth-and-agriculture-dinesh-panday

    The Mother of Our Breath

    Content Women have been the nurturers of the family and providers of food on land, while men have been providers from the sea. Children are expected to help their parents and other elders in their different tasks. This is the story of the Paulauan traditional family farming system in the western most regions of the Caroline Islands in the Republic of Palau.
    Author Robert V. Bishop and ILIEA
    Contributor Agriculturesnetwork.org
    Year Published 2013
    Type of Initiative Case Studies
    Country Taiwan
    Country PALAU
    Link http://www.agriculturesnetwork.org/magazines/global/family-farming/palau-family-values
    Nutrition from innovation and taste from waste

    Nutrition from innovation and taste from waste

    Content From a situation of widespread undernutrition, consuming fresh vegetables all year round has now become a reality for many Nepali households thanks to their expanding home gardens. But the stories they tell show that the benefits of home gardens are not limited to improving household nutrition. The gardens also help to empower women and conserve biodiversity, two much needed conditions for better family and community nutrition on a broader scale.
    Author Jacob Zucker, Roshan Mehta, Roshan Pudasaini
    Contributor ILEIA
    Year Published 2014
    Type of Initiative Case Studies
    Country NEPAL
    Link http://www.agriculturesnetwork.org/magazines/global/reclaiming-nutrition/diversifying-production

    Climate Resilience Sustainable Agriculture Experiences

    Content This document summarises case studies from ten countries through ActionAid’s approach to climate resilient sustainable agriculture, which incorporates agroecology in a human rights framework. Based on these experiences ActionAid recommends to increase investment in agroecology, as part of a comprehensive human rights based approach:

    • In particular in ensuring public agriculture research works with nature, taking cognisance of the natural ecological functioning;
    • That public agriculture scientists are encouraged to work with farmers to define their research priorities, disaggregating the priorities of male and female farmers;
    • That extension agents are trained on sustainable agronomic practices and farm management, which can have significant benefits in terms of building resilience, adapting to climate change, and improving production and food security;
    • Of course, all this needs to be underpinned by support for smallholder farmers’ organisations, including women farmers’ unions, to both engage effectively with markets and with government to influence public policy in their favour.
    Contributor ActionAid
    Year Published 2014
    Type of Initiative Case Studies
    Country BRAZIL, Nicaragua
    Link http://ag-transition.org/wp-content/pdf/2014-CRSA_Experiences-September_2014_SMALL.compressed.pdf

    Participatory Guarantee System and Analog Forestry

    Content Besides providing for many of our needs, forests play a pivotal role in providing ecosystem services, ranging from biodiversity conservation to climate regulation. Yet over the last decade the world has lost an average of more than 5 million hectares of forests every year. Different examples show that marketing forest products can have a very positive impact, leading to higher incomes and also to healthier ecosystems.
    Author Cavan Gates, Eduardo Aguilar
    Contributor AgriCultures Network, ILEIA
    Year Published 2013
    Type of Initiative Article
    Country SRI LANKA
    Country CAMEROON
    Link http://www.agriculturesnetwork.org/magazines/global/markets/pgs

    Aprendiendo de los agricultores

    Content La primera vez que leí sobre el SICA fue una tarde del 2002. En los siguientes años, en mi función de extensionista de la Oficina Distrital de Desarrollo Agrícola (DADO) empecé a promover el SICA en el distrito de Morang, Nepal.
    Author ILEIA
    Contributor AgriCultures Network, ILEIA
    Type of Initiative Case Studies
    Country NEPAL
    Link http://www.agriculturesnetwork.org/magazines/latin-america/el-sica/aprendiendo-de-los-agricultores

    SRI in Bihar: From one to 350,000

    Content Farmers in Bihar were initially sceptical when they heard about the System of Rice Intensification, five years ago. Only one farmer decided to try it. From then, first by word of mouth and now with government support,

    SRI has gone from strength to strength.In 2012, Bihar had some 335,000 hectares of SRI paddy and had a record rice harvest. One small-scale farmer has broken the world record for rice production, achieving a staggering 22.4 tons/hectare, almost 10 times the previous typical yield in the state.

    Author ILEIA
    Contributor AgriCultures Network, ILEIA
    Type of Initiative Case Studies
    Country INDIA
    Link http://www.agriculturesnetwork.org/magazines/global/sri/sri-in-bihar