From farmer-pastoralist conflicts to profitable alliances

Title From farmer-pastoralist conflicts to profitable alliances
Contributor AgriculturesNetwork
Author Charles Kacho
Content The area around Wum in the Northwest Province of Cameroon is notorious as a conflict hotspot. As pressure increases on available land, conflicts occur more frequently between sedentary family farmers and pastoral communities. Farmer-pastoralist alliances are helping to resolve the conflicts by transforming the relationships between these families.
Type of initiative Case Studies
Year Published
Language English
Africa CAMEROON
Link http://www.agriculturesnetwork.org/magazines/global/family-farming/dialogue-and-collaboration

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Locally rooted: ideas and iniatives from the field

Title Locally rooted: ideas and iniatives from the field
Contributor AgriculturesNetwork
Author ILEIA
Content Family farmers and the many ways in which they contribute to food security, healthy landscapes and thriving rural communities can be supported in a number of ways. These are some initiatives from around the world.
Type of initiative Article, Case Studies
Year Published
Language English
Asia NEPAL
Africa KENYA, LIBERIA
South America Guatemala
Link http://www.agriculturesnetwork.org/magazines/global/family-farming/locally-rooted

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Agro-ecology: beyond food

Title Agro-ecology: beyond food
Contributor AgriculturesNetwork
Author Cristian Timmermann, Georges Felix
Content Some may view indigenous communities as being conservative and backwards. However, the Kabekwa in Costa Rica show that such communities can be adaptable and innovative. In response to changing circumstances, this community has been adapting its farming practices constantly, benefiting from it in multiple ways.
Type of initiative Case Studies
Year Published
Language English
North America COSTA RICA
Link http://www.agriculturesnetwork.org/magazines/global/family-farming/agroecology-beyond-food

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When family farmers lead their own development

Title When family farmers lead their own development
Contributor AgriculturesNetwork
Author Laure Guibert
Content Steven Kiranga Gichanga is a family farmer in Mugaari, a village in Kenya. He was trained in goat rearing but could not afford a goat to get started. He was also trained in bee keeping but could not afford a bee hive either. After a community reflection forum in 2012, Steven became aware of his own creative capacities and his ability to think outside the box. Then he came up with a brilliant idea.
Type of initiative Report
Year Published
Language English
Africa KENYA
Link http://www.agriculturesnetwork.org/magazines/global/family-farming/people-led-development

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Youth and agriculture: new think-tanks for family farming

Title Youth and agriculture: new think-tanks for family farming
Contributor AgriculturesNetwork
Author Ariel Djomakon, Lucile Gentil, Moubarakatou Tassou
Content Three young authors associated with the Africa Family Farming Workshops write about the importance of creating a dialogue between family farmers, scientists and policy makers. The Africa Family Farming Workshops is an interdisciplinary, regional think-tank that facilitates innovative collaboration.
Type of initiative Report
Year Published
Language English
Africa BENIN
Link http://www.agriculturesnetwork.org/magazines/global/family-farming/think-thanks-for-family-farming

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Farmers in Focus: Advocate for sovereign seed systems

Title Farmers in Focus: Advocate for sovereign seed systems
Contributor AgriculturesNetwork
Author Holly Whitesides
Content Holly Whitesides and her husband are trying to go “against the grain” of industrial agriculture in the United States. They use their family farm and their work on saving seed to convince other farmers and groups of the importance of a sovereign seed stock.
Type of initiative Interview
Year Published
Language English
North America U.S.
Link http://www.agriculturesnetwork.org/magazines/global/family-farming/farmers-in-focus

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Ten qualities of family farming

Title Ten qualities of family farming
Contributor AgriculturesNetwork
Author Jan Douwe van der Ploeg
Content Even in the International Year of Family Farming there is confusion about family farming. What is it, and what distinguishes it from entrepreneurial farming or family agribusiness? The confusion tends to be highest in places where the modernisation of agriculture has led society further away from farming. Jan Douwe van der Ploeg takes us into the world of family farming, which he says is considered to be “both archaic and anarchic, and attractive and seductive.
Type of initiative Article
Year Published
Language English
Link http://www.agriculturesnetwork.org/magazines/global/family-farming/theme-overview

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