• “A revolution of thought is necessary” – Interview with Cantave Jean-Baptiste

    Content Interview > Cantave Jean-Baptiste is a Haitian agronomist and rural development practitioner with more than three decades of experience supporting sustainable agriculture and strengthening peasant organisations. He is Executive Director of Partenariat pour le Développement Local (PDL) in Haiti, and a founding member of Groundswell International. Farming Matters asked Mr Jean-Baptiste how family farmers can build resilience in Haiti, a country where an estimated 80% of the population lives in poverty.
    Author Steve Brescia
    Contributor ILEIA
    Year Published 2014
    Type of Initiative Interview
    Country HAITI
    Link http://www.agriculturesnetwork.org/magazines/global/resilience-faces/interview-cantave-jean-baptiste

    Food justice moving forward in the USA

    Content Opinion by Navina Khanna.
    Navina Khanna introduces the food justice movement in the USA, and how from the corner shop to Capitol Hill, communities are making waves, and fighting for fairer policies in both corporate and governmental sectors.
    Author Navina Khanna
    Contributor ILEIA
    Year Published 2014
    Type of Initiative Article
    Country U.S., UNITED STATES
    Link http://www.agriculturesnetwork.org/magazines/global/resilience-faces/opinion-navina-khanna

    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

    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

    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

    Post-War Reconstruction using Sustainable Agriculture in Chalatenango, El Salvador

    Content Ex-combatants and returned refugees formulate ecologically sustainable agricultural development plans in post-war El Salvador.
    Author Ariane de Bremond
    Contributor agroecology.org
    Type of Initiative Case Studies
    Country EL SALVADOR
    Link http://www.agroecology.org/Case%20Studies/Chalatenango.html

    Planning an Urban Market Garden in Toronto, Canada

    Content This case study outlines the plan for a 0.5 acre garden in downtown Toronto. This market garden was part of Field-To-Table’s Urban Agriculture initiative and will complement ongoing rooftop and sprout growing. The Urban Agriculture Initiative sells vegetables and sprouts to the Field-to-Table Good Food Box, an alternative distribution mechanism available to all Torontonians.
    Author Jacinda Fairholm, Lauren Baker, Vera Top
    Contributor agroecology.org
    Type of Initiative Case Studies
    Country CANADA
    Link http://www.agroecology.org/Case%20Studies/urbanmarketgarden.html

    Pathways to resilience

    Content A document looking at the key elements of a resilient agricultural system.
    Author USC Canada
    Contributor USC Canada
    Type of Initiative Case Studies
    Country HONDURAS
    Link http://usc-canada.org/UserFiles/File/Pathways-to-Resilience.pdf

    What we need is 40 acres and a mule

    Content The case of Brent, a urban famer. The urban agriculture movement, sweeping across urban areas, from West Oakland to Detroit, Milwaukee and Chicago to the Bronx and beyond, is a call to reclaim post-industrial abandoned lots, under-serviced public parks and vacant lots to grow fresh food for the people. The movement is often called “food justice” , representing the idea that healthy food for our people is a human right, not a privilege.
    Author Brent Walker
    Contributor Food First
    Type of Initiative Case Studies
    Link http://www.foodfirst.org/en/urban+farming

    Agroecology and the struggles for food sovereignity in the Americas

    Content This publication originated at an international workshop held at the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies in New Haven, USA, April 15-17, 2004. It was published jointly, in Spanish and English, by the International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED), the IUCN Commission on Environmental, Economic and Social Policy (CEESP) and the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies (Yale F&ES).
    Author Avery Cohn, Corrina Steward, Jonathan Cook, Margarita Fernández, Rebecca Reider
    Contributor International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED)
    Type of Initiative Case Studies
    Link http://pubs.iied.org/pdfs/14506IIED.pdf