Leisa- India: Agroecology- Measurable and sustainable

Abstract 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.

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

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

Abstract 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.
Contributor AgriCultures Network
Year Published 2016
Link http://www.agriculturesnetwork.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/12/Wegel_English_VApril-2016-1.pdf

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Wegel: Healthy food and Agriculture systems for productive citizens!

Abstract 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.

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

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“We are a political and economic force”

Content About 23 years ago, in Santiago del Estero, a province in the north of Argentina, the Peasant Movement of Santiago del Estero Via Campesina (MOCASE -VC) was established. One of its leaders is Deo Sumaj, an impressive peasant woman of the Vilela indigenous people. “Peasant family farming could provide many answers to the crises that humanity faces.”
Author Teresa Gianella
Contributor AgriCultures Network
Year Published 2013
Type of Initiative Interview
Country ARGENTINA
Link http://www.agriculturesnetwork.org/magazines/global/family-farming/interview-deo-sumaj

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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

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Old traditions, new practices

Content The August 2012 issue of De Boerderij, a popular magazine for Dutch farmers, showed how “innovative farmers are increasingly successful in finding their consumers”. More than 3,300 farmers (out of a countrywide total of 67,000) are selling their products directly to consumers, bypassing supermarkets in the process. And this number is growing fast. The age-old practice of direct marketing is coming back to the Netherlands, and consumers are playing an important role.
Author Katrien van’t Hooft
Contributor AgriCultures Network, ILEIA
Year Published 2013
Type of Initiative Case Studies
Country NETHERLANDS
Link http://www.agriculturesnetwork.org/magazines/global/markets/old-traditions-new-practices

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“We need to support what farmers are already doing”

Content Interview with Medius Bihunirwa, head of the Farmer Enterprise Development Unit at Kabarole Research and Resource Centre (KRC), Uganda. Medius works with smallholder farmers, enhancing the quality of their produce and improving their access to markets. In her role as member and researcher of the Hivos/IIED Knowledge Network, she has delved deeper into the concept of farmer agency and their interest in being part of a value chain.
Author ILEIA
Contributor AgriCultures Network, ILEIA
Year Published 2013
Type of Initiative Interview
Country UGANDA
Link http://www.agriculturesnetwork.org/magazines/global/markets/interview-medius-bihunirwa

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Rede Raízes da Mata: Strengthening links between producers and consumers

Content As in many other parts of the world, farmers in the Zona da Mata region, in the Brazilian state of Minas Gerais, were encouraged to take up the Green Revolution package. This model also prescribed integration with the international markets. Family farmers, however, have found that this model has not brought the promised benefits. Many different efforts have led to viable alternatives. One of these is Rede Raízes da Mata (or the “Forest Roots Network”), started in 2011 as a joint initiative by a group of university students and local producers. The main goal of the network is to improve the commercialisation of local agro-ecological produce by establishing stronger links between producers and consumers.
Author Fabricio Vassalli Zanelli, Heitor Mancini Teixeira, Irene Maria Cardoso, Nina Abigail Caligiorne Cruz
Contributor AgriCultures Network, ILEIA
Year Published 2013
Type of Initiative Case Studies
Country BRAZIL
Link http://www.agriculturesnetwork.org/magazines/global/markets/rede-raizes-da-mata

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Local food systems: Tzimbuto and Canasta Utopia

Content The Canastas Comunitarias, a movement started by families to address their concerns over food prices provides a clear example of an approach that highlights the importance of showcasing peoples’ experiences as an inspiration for social change. Today, the movement has expanded to six cities in Ecuador and has diversified to address new concerns, but remains a perfect example of the benefits of local food systems.
Author Francisco Lema, Pedro J. Oyarzun, Ross Mary Borja, Sonia Zambrano
Contributor AgriCultures Network, ILEIA
Year Published 2013
Type of Initiative Case Studies
Country ECUADOR
Link http://www.agriculturesnetwork.org/magazines/global/markets/tzimbuto-and-canasta-utopia

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Entrevista a Norman Uphoff

Content Entre 1990 y 2005, Norman Uphoff, profesor emérito de Gobierno y de Agricultura Internacional en la Universidad de Cornell, se desempeñó como director del Instituto Internacional de Cornell para la Alimentación, la Agricultura y el Desarrollo (CIIFAD por sus siglas en inglés). Durante este tiempo se familiarizó con el SICA, en inglés System of Rice Intensification-SRI) en Madagascar, y se dio cuenta de que “algo raro estaba pasando”, ya que los agricultores obtuvieron rendimientos medios de ocho toneladas de arroz por hectárea, en lugar de sus habituales dos toneladas.
Author ILEIA
Contributor AgriCultures Network, ILEIA
Type of Initiative Interview
Link http://www.agriculturesnetwork.org/magazines/latin-america/el-sica/entrevista-norman-uphoff

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