• Youth and agriculture: German youth struggle for land

    Content ‘Land grabbing’ has grabbed people’s attention in recent years, but this phenomenon is not restricted to developing countries. In the heart of Europe, young German farmers like Paula Giola are also struggling to retain and regain access to farmland.
    Author Paula Gioia
    Contributor ILEIA
    Year Published 2014
    Type of Initiative Article
    Country GERMANY
    Link http://www.agriculturesnetwork.org/magazines/global/resilience-faces/german-youth-land-struggle

    La Durette, a pilot agroecological farm

    Content La Durette is a pilot farm in agroecology located in Avignon, France. Its aim is to set up innovative mediterranean agricultural systems, mixing crops under agroforestry in various designs – mainly fruits and vegetables, and integrating animals into the systems. 

    The 5-hectares farm will be managed by 2 farmers from 2015 on, in order to see if such innovative complex systems are easy to manage, and still competitive.

    Author François Warlop
    Contributor GRAB (Groupe de Recherche en Agriculture Biologique)
    Year Published 2013
    Type of Initiative Research
    Country FRANCE
    Link http://www.grab.fr/wp-content/uploads/2011/04/dossier-Durette-oct-13.pdf

    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
    Link http://www.agriculturesnetwork.org/magazines/global/markets/old-traditions-new-practices

    Seeking convergence on agroecology- a conference impression

    Content Whoever thought that agroecology is only gaining momentum as an agricultural practice, science and movement in Latin America, is wrong. A two day conference in June 2013 clearly depicted the richness of agroecology in Europe- as well as the challenges and opportunities.

    Initiated by scientific network ENSSER, the meeting convened politicians, activists, officials, seed breeders, a small number of farmers and interested citizens. The variety of initiatives that were shared, on farming with nature and on farmer-consumer/citizen initiatives in Europe, was quite overwhelming.

    What stood out was the consensus on the need to move from a ‘productivist’ to a ‘sufficiency’ paradigm, to cross-fertilise agroecology with food sovereignty and to co-create knowledge, especially with farmers.

    Author Janneke Bruil, Leonardo van den Berg
    Contributor ILEIA
    Year Published 2013
    Type of Initiative Report
    Link http://www.agriculturesnetwork.org/resources/extra/news/agroecology-europe

    Ecological Agriculture, Climate Resilience and a Roadmap to Get There

    Content Environment and Development Series No. 14.
    This paper looks at how ecological agriculture, by building healthy soils, cultivating biological diversity and improving water harvesting and management, can strengthen farmers’ capacity to adapt to climate change. Accordingly, the authors call for a reorientation of policy, funding and research priorities from the dominant industrial agriculture model to ecological agriculture.
    Author Doreen Stabinsky and Lim Li Ching
    Contributor Third World Network
    Year Published 2012
    Type of Initiative Article
    Link http://www.twnside.org.sg/title/end/pdf/end14.pdf

    Designing and Disseminating Ecological Production Systems for Perennials: Organic Olive Production in Crete

    Content Olive production is a major crop in the Mediterranean region. Organic olive production offers agroecological and socioeconomic advantages. A prototyping design methodology was used to design, introduce, test and disseminate ecological olive production systems
    Author E. Kabourakis, NAGREF
    Contributor agroecology.org
    Type of Initiative Case Studies
    Country GREECE
    Link http://www.agroecology.org/Case%20Studies/Crete.html

    Biological Control of Lygus rugulipennis in Italy

    Content Use a technique with a low level of environmental impact for the management of Lygus rugulipennis, a very harmful pest for many crops, especially lettuce, in Italy.
    Author Gianumberto Accinelli
    Contributor agroecology.org
    Type of Initiative Case Studies
    Country ITALY
    Link http://www.agroecology.org/Case%20Studies/Lygus.html

    Interaction between Agricultural and Natural Systems in the Mediterranean Landscape of Apulia, Italy

    Content This study has developed a comprehensive framework that incorporates landscape ecological principles and GIS analysis in the planning and design of more sustainable agricultural systems in the Mediterranean landscape of Apulia (Southern Italy)
    Author Raffaele Lafortezza
    Contributor agroecology.org
    Type of Initiative Case Studies
    Country ITALY
    Link http://www.agroecology.org/Case%20Studies/Apulia.html

    Nematodes in the “Tierra Estella” zone of Navarra, Spain

    Content The object of this study is to see the presence of nematodes in the soils of the areas of Ayegui, Muniain de la Solana, Sesma, Sartaguda and Andosilla.
    Author Carmelo Perez
    Contributor agroecology.org
    Type of Initiative Case Studies
    Country SPAIN
    Link http://www.agroecology.org/Case%20Studies/nematodes.html

    Beyond battery cages: a humane, sustainable model of egg production in The Netherlands

    Content Anticipating the disappearance of battery cages, alternative, more humane and sustainable methods of egg production have been and are being devel -oped. One up-and-coming example is the Roundel, a concept in The Netherlands that became operational in 2010 and is success-fully expanding. This case study shows its social, environmental and economic benefits – and the unique partnership between business, scientists and civil society that lay the foundation to its success.
    Author World Society for the Protection of Animals
    Contributor World Society for the Protection of Animals
    Type of Initiative Case Studies
    Link http://tinyurl.com/7lpchvt