From farmer-pastoralist conflicts to profitable alliances

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.
Author Charles Kacho
Contributor AgriculturesNetwork
Year Published 2013
Type of Initiative Case Studies
Country 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

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.
Author ILEIA
Contributor AgriculturesNetwork
Year Published 2013
Type of Initiative Article, Case Studies
Country NEPAL
Country KENYA, LIBERIA
Country Guatemala
Link http://www.agriculturesnetwork.org/magazines/global/family-farming/locally-rooted

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Agro-ecology: beyond food

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.
Author Cristian Timmermann, Georges Felix
Contributor AgriculturesNetwork
Year Published 2013
Type of Initiative Case Studies
Country 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

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.
Author Laure Guibert
Contributor AgriculturesNetwork
Year Published 2013
Type of Initiative Report
Country 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

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.
Author Ariel Djomakon, Lucile Gentil, Moubarakatou Tassou
Contributor AgriculturesNetwork
Year Published 2013
Type of Initiative Report
Country 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

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.
Author Holly Whitesides
Contributor AgriculturesNetwork
Year Published 2013
Type of Initiative Interview
Country U.S.
Link http://www.agriculturesnetwork.org/magazines/global/family-farming/farmers-in-focus

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Ten qualities of family farming

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.
Author Jan Douwe van der Ploeg
Contributor AgriculturesNetwork
Year Published 2013
Type of Initiative Article
Link http://www.agriculturesnetwork.org/magazines/global/family-farming/theme-overview

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