• Agroecology. The Bold Future of Farming in Africa

    Title Agroecology. The Bold Future of Farming in Africa
    Contributor AFSA, TOAM
    Author AFSA, TOAM
    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.
    Type of initiative Case Studies, Report
    Year Published 2017
    Language English
    Africa 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

    Taking agroecology to scale: the Zero Budget Natural Farming peasant movement in Karnataka, India

    Title Taking agroecology to scale: the Zero Budget Natural Farming peasant movement in Karnataka, India
    Contributor KRRS, La Via Campesina
    Content This paper analyzes how peasant movements scale up agroecology. It specifically examines Zero Budget Natural Farming (ZBNF), a grassroots peasant agroecology movement in Karnataka, India. ZBNF ends reliance on purchased inputs and loans for farming, positioning itself as a solution to extreme indebtedness and suicides among Indian farmers. The ZBNF movement has achieved massive scale not only because of effective farming practices, but because of a social movement dynamic – motivating members through discourse, mobilizing resources from allies, self-organized pedagogical activities, charismatic and local leadership, and generating a spirit of volunteerism among its members. This paper was produced as part of a self-study process in La Via Campesina, the global peasant movement.
    Year Published 2017
    Language English
    Link http://www.tandfonline.com/eprint/HKAecYKfneKRsfE4c6xn/full

    Investments in small-scale sustainable agriculture

    Title Investments in small-scale sustainable agriculture
    Contributor More and Better
    Content This 32 page report gives an overview of the global situation of investments in agriculture. It provides examples from several countries and present recommendations for future investments in small-scale sustainable agriculture.

    • The aim of the report is to:
      Increase knowledge, awareness and discussions about investments in small-scale sustainable agriculture among farmers’ organizations, NGOs, institutions and investors working in agriculture, especially in developing countries, as well as decision-makers and institutions in OECD-countries dealing with official development assistance (ODA).
    • Contribute to increased public and private investments in small-scale sustainable agriculture.
    Year Published 2017
    Language English
    Link http://ag-transition.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/02/Investments_in_agriculture_MaB_WEB.pdf

    Climate Adapted Villages – Ethiopia

    Title Climate Adapted Villages – Ethiopia
    Contributor The Development Fund
    Content Climate adapted villages (CAV) is the Development Fund’s method for local climate adaptation. It if focused on food production and natural resource management. This report is a review of the CAV method and how it has been implemented in Ethiopia.
    Year Published 2015
    Language English
    Link http://www.utviklingsfondet.no/files/uf/documents/CAV-rapport_Ethiopia_web.pdf

    Leisa- India: Agroecology- Measurable and sustainable

    Title Leisa- India: Agroecology- Measurable and sustainable
    Contributor AgriCultures Network
    Content There is an increasing recognition that sustainable resource management and sustainable livelihoods are inseparable. If neglected, everyone’s future is threatened.

    While farmer’s distress stories are shocking everyone’s conscience, first time celebrations like International Year of Family Farming, emerging health consciousness among consumers, is putting farmers production practices in the focus for right reasons. Also, the mainstream international agencies are voicing that agroecological approaches are the way forward.

    Year Published 2016
    Language English
    Link http://www.agriculturesnetwork.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/10/Sep2016-pages-1-36-1.pdf

    Farming Matters: Making the case for agroecology

    Title Farming Matters: Making the case for agroecology
    Contributor Agricultures nwtwork
    Content This issue of Farming Matters explores innovative ways to demonstrate that agroecology provides critical solutions to the challenges of our time.

    Agroecology is gaining recognition for its potential to address climate change, biodiversity loss and malnutrition, and many successful examples exist. However, to garner the necessary support in policy and practice, looking differently at ‘progress’, ‘performance’ or ‘success’ of farming and food systems is key. As agroecology can have impact at many levels, conventional indicators such as yield per hectare of a single crop no longer suffice. The experiences, opinions, and perspectives featured in this issue show how farmers, researchers, policy makers and consumers are using new lenses to track change.

    Year Published 2016
    Language English
    Link http://www.agriculturesnetwork.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/11/FM32.3-4.pdf

    Wegel: healthy soil for healthy life

    Title Wegel: healthy soil for healthy life
    Contributor AgriCultures
    Content n this first issue, an attempt has been made to discuss about soil in detail through the various topics focusing on soil. In his article entitled “You are from the soil and shall go back to the soil” Dr. Hailu Araya urges all to think of the soil, its contents invaluable uses. In a similar manner, Dr. Georg Deichert tells us we have to resonate of the soil in his article entitled “Rethinking the soil.”

    These days, the soil has become a topical issue. That is because soil is the basis for everything and any problem in the health of the soil affects everything, especially living things. The agricultural system is the most affected as agriculture is all about soil, plants, animals, microorganisms and biodiversity in general.

    Year Published 2016
    Language English
    Link http://www.agriculturesnetwork.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/12/Wegel_Magazine_English_Virsion_V3-1.pdf

    Wegel: Agro-biodiversity The basis for food and nutrition security

    Title Wegel: Agro-biodiversity The basis for food and nutrition security
    Contributor AgriCultures Network
    Content Agro-biodiversity is not only about the genetic make up of Crops and animals domesticated by humans, it is also about the knowledge that supports it.
    Year Published 2016
    Language English
    Link http://www.agriculturesnetwork.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/12/Wegel_English_VApril-2016-1.pdf

    Wegel: Healthy food and Agriculture systems for productive citizens!

    Title Wegel: Healthy food and Agriculture systems for productive citizens!
    Contributor AgriCultures Network
    Content In this issue of Wegel we present views, opinions and research findings from different angles regarding the changes in the global agricultural system and its implications on the supply of healthy and balanced nutrition as well as the role of various stakeholders in putting the system back in to the right track.

    The global food system is changing in line with the ever-increasing global population, technological advancements, scarcity of resources and the resultant scramble for the scarce resources.

    Year Published 2016
    Language English
    Link http://www.agriculturesnetwork.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/11/Wegel-magazine-issue-No.III-English-final.pdf

    Making Sense of Research – Research for Practical Application in Land Management

    Title Making Sense of Research – Research for Practical Application in Land Management
    Contributor Benjamin Haerdle
    Author Hanspeter Liniger, Peter Moll, Rima Mekdaschi Studer, Ute Zander
    Content Application-focused book with the findings of international research on sustainable land management presented at the global Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD)

    According to the UN Convention to Combat Desertification, twelve million hectares of fertile, arable land is lost each and every year. Soils are suffering from aridization, salination and overuse. This means that the loss of soil fertility is one of the central challenges to society with regard to the management of natural resources. Solutions for more sustainable land use that not only takes into account the environment and existing ecosystems worldwide but also aspects of climate change are presented in the book “Making Sense of Research for Sustainable Land Management”. It is published by the Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research (UFZ) and the Centre for Development and Environment (CDE) of the University of Bern.
    This scientific volume will be presented today at the global Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD COP 13) being held in Cancun (Mexico) in a dedicated session as part of the Landscape Day.

    Type of initiative Research
    Year Published
    Language English
    Link http://www.wocat.net/makingsense

    Connecting Smallholders to Markets

    Title Connecting Smallholders to Markets
    Contributor International food & nutrition civil society mechanism – CSM
    Content ‘Connecting Smallholders to Markets’ is the title of policy recommendations negotiated on 8- 9 June 2016 in the Committee on World Food Security, the foremost inclusive international and intergovernmental platform deliberating on is- sues of food security and nutrition.
    This analytical guide examines how small- scale food producers’ organisations and allied civil society can use the recommendations in their national and international advocacy and how they can work together with their governments to apply them in the context of national and regional policies and programmes.

    More info on the work of CSM on this issue here

    Year Published 2016
    Language English
    Link http://www.csm4cfs.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/10/CONNECTING-SMALLHOLDERS-TO-MARKET.compressed.pdf

    Right to Food and Nutrition Watch

    Title Right to Food and Nutrition Watch
    Contributor Right to Food and Nutrition Watch Consortium
    Content The Right to Food and Nutrition Watch 2016—“Keeping Seeds in Peoples’ Hands”— explores the articulation of seeds, land and other natural resources with the human right to adequate food and nutrition. It assesses the role played by access to and control over natural resources in the realization of the right to food and nutrition across the world. Over the last few decades, the privatization and commoditization of nature has resulted in a multiplication of local struggles using human rights against the appropriation of agricultural biodiversity, land and water resources by corporations and states. How are peasant movements, indigenous peoples, and other local communities resisting—and what are the alternatives they present?
    Year Published 2016
    Language English, French, Spanish
    Link http://tinyurl.com/hvqv5zr

    People’s Manual on the Guidelines of Governance of Land, Fisheries and Water

    Title People’s Manual on the Guidelines of Governance of Land, Fisheries and Water
    Contributor International Planning Committee for Food Sovereignty
    Content The Voluntary Guidelines on the Responsible Governance of Tenure of Land, Fisheries and Forests in the Context of National Food Security are a new international tool that can be used by peasant, fishing and pastoralist organisations, indigenous peoples, the landless, women, youth, and civil society to assert their rights. This People’s Manual is a didactic guide, which aims to make it easier to understand and use the Guidelines at the best. It is the result of collective and participatory work undertaken by the Land and Territory Working Group of the IPC (International Planning Committee for Food Sovereignty)
    Year Published 2016
    Language English
    Link http://www.foodsovereignty.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/06/peoplesmanual.pdf

    Will the Green Revolution really ‘nutritionalise’ Africa?

    Title Will the Green Revolution really ‘nutritionalise’ Africa?
    Contributor ILEIA
    Author Million Belay
    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.
    Type of initiative Article
    Year Published
    Language English
    Africa ETHIOPIA
    Link http://www.agriculturesnetwork.org/magazines/global/reclaiming-nutrition/opinion-million-belay

    How Yapuchiris build climate resilience

    Title How Yapuchiris build climate resilience
    Contributor ILEIA
    Author Luis Carlos Aguilar, Tania Ricaldi Arévalo
    Content Dealing with the uncertainties of changing climates is a challenge faced by farmers around the world. Near Cochabamba in Bolivia’s Andean high plateau, a group of agroecological farmers are leading the way by developing and sharing innovative practices that help their communities break out of the vicious cycle of increased poverty and vulnerability. But challenges remain…
    Type of initiative Case Studies
    Year Published
    Language English
    South America BOLIVIA
    Link http://www.agriculturesnetwork.org/magazines/global/resilience-faces/yapuchiris