• Wegel: healthy soil for healthy life

    Abstract n this first issue, an attempt has been made to discuss about soil in detail through the various topics focusing on soil. In his article entitled “You are from the soil and shall go back to the soil” Dr. Hailu Araya urges all to think of the soil, its contents invaluable uses. In a similar manner, Dr. Georg Deichert tells us we have to resonate of the soil in his article entitled “Rethinking the soil.”

    These days, the soil has become a topical issue. That is because soil is the basis for everything and any problem in the health of the soil affects everything, especially living things. The agricultural system is the most affected as agriculture is all about soil, plants, animals, microorganisms and biodiversity in general.

    Contributor AgriCultures
    Year Published 2016
    Link http://www.agriculturesnetwork.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/12/Wegel_Magazine_English_Virsion_V3-1.pdf

    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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    Making Sense of Research – Research for Practical Application in Land Management

    Content Application-focused book with the findings of international research on sustainable land management presented at the global Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD)

    According to the UN Convention to Combat Desertification, twelve million hectares of fertile, arable land is lost each and every year. Soils are suffering from aridization, salination and overuse. This means that the loss of soil fertility is one of the central challenges to society with regard to the management of natural resources. Solutions for more sustainable land use that not only takes into account the environment and existing ecosystems worldwide but also aspects of climate change are presented in the book “Making Sense of Research for Sustainable Land Management”. It is published by the Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research (UFZ) and the Centre for Development and Environment (CDE) of the University of Bern.
    This scientific volume will be presented today at the global Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD COP 13) being held in Cancun (Mexico) in a dedicated session as part of the Landscape Day.

    Author Hanspeter Liniger, Peter Moll, Rima Mekdaschi Studer, Ute Zander
    Contributor Benjamin Haerdle
    Year Published 2017
    Type of Initiative Research
    Link http://www.wocat.net/makingsense
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    Connecting Smallholders to Markets

    Abstract ‘Connecting Smallholders to Markets’ is the title of policy recommendations negotiated on 8- 9 June 2016 in the Committee on World Food Security, the foremost inclusive international and intergovernmental platform deliberating on is- sues of food security and nutrition.
    This analytical guide examines how small- scale food producers’ organisations and allied civil society can use the recommendations in their national and international advocacy and how they can work together with their governments to apply them in the context of national and regional policies and programmes.

    More info on the work of CSM on this issue here

    Contributor International food & nutrition civil society mechanism – CSM
    Year Published 2016
    Link http://www.csm4cfs.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/10/CONNECTING-SMALLHOLDERS-TO-MARKET.compressed.pdf
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    Right to Food and Nutrition Watch

    Abstract The Right to Food and Nutrition Watch 2016—“Keeping Seeds in Peoples’ Hands”— explores the articulation of seeds, land and other natural resources with the human right to adequate food and nutrition. It assesses the role played by access to and control over natural resources in the realization of the right to food and nutrition across the world. Over the last few decades, the privatization and commoditization of nature has resulted in a multiplication of local struggles using human rights against the appropriation of agricultural biodiversity, land and water resources by corporations and states. How are peasant movements, indigenous peoples, and other local communities resisting—and what are the alternatives they present?
    Contributor Right to Food and Nutrition Watch Consortium
    Year Published 2016
    Link http://tinyurl.com/hvqv5zr
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    People’s Manual on the Guidelines of Governance of Land, Fisheries and Water

    Abstract The Voluntary Guidelines on the Responsible Governance of Tenure of Land, Fisheries and Forests in the Context of National Food Security are a new international tool that can be used by peasant, fishing and pastoralist organisations, indigenous peoples, the landless, women, youth, and civil society to assert their rights. This People’s Manual is a didactic guide, which aims to make it easier to understand and use the Guidelines at the best. It is the result of collective and participatory work undertaken by the Land and Territory Working Group of the IPC (International Planning Committee for Food Sovereignty)
    Contributor International Planning Committee for Food Sovereignty
    Year Published 2016
    Link http://www.foodsovereignty.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/06/peoplesmanual.pdf
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    Will the Green Revolution really ‘nutritionalise’ Africa?

    Content Opinion by Million Belay.
    We are told that high input agriculture will boost food production in Africa. A persistent worry for Million Belay is the loss of knowledge related to our nutritious, traditional crops if they succeed.
    Author Million Belay
    Contributor ILEIA
    Year Published 2014
    Type of Initiative Article
    Country ETHIOPIA
    Link http://www.agriculturesnetwork.org/magazines/global/reclaiming-nutrition/opinion-million-belay
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    How Yapuchiris build climate resilience

    Content Dealing with the uncertainties of changing climates is a challenge faced by farmers around the world. Near Cochabamba in Bolivia’s Andean high plateau, a group of agroecological farmers are leading the way by developing and sharing innovative practices that help their communities break out of the vicious cycle of increased poverty and vulnerability. But challenges remain…
    Author Luis Carlos Aguilar, Tania Ricaldi Arévalo
    Contributor ILEIA
    Year Published 2014
    Type of Initiative Case Studies
    Country BOLIVIA
    Link http://www.agriculturesnetwork.org/magazines/global/resilience-faces/yapuchiris
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    Access and benefit sharing in participatory plant breeding in Southwest China

    Content This contribution discusses access and benefit sharing within the context of participatory plant breeding. It presents how Chinese farmers and breeders interact in relation to crop improvement and on-farm maintenance of plant genetic resources. Based on more than a decade of action research, a number of institutional changes were accomplished as a result of the interactions between national and provincial breeding institutes, rural development researchers and local maize farmers. Although the respective legislation in China is not yet adequately formulated, access and benefit sharing can still be addressed in contracts and by labelling products of a particular geographic origin.
    Author Ronnie Vernooy, Xin Song, Yiching Song, Zhang Yanyan
    Contributor centre for learning ILEIA: Centre for Learning on sustainable agriculture
    Year Published 2016
    Type of Initiative Article
    Country CHINA
    Link http://www.agriculturesnetwork.org/magazines/global/access-and-benefit-sharing-of-genetic-resources/access-and-benefit-sharing-in-participatory-plant-breeding-in-southwest-china
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    Rescuing our maize: Building a network

    Content A network of communities in West-Central Mexico has rescued its traditional landraces of maize. This experience shows that the benefits of defending an ancestral good is not only limited to regaining cultural identity and agrobiodiversity. The defence of native maize has become a space where old and new knowledge redefined
    agriculture and where people achieved food sovereignty, technical autonomy, and a new sense of community.
    Author Jaime Morales Hernández
    Contributor Farming Matters Magazine, ILEIA- centre for learning on sustainable agriculture
    Year Published 2016
    Type of Initiative Article
    Link http://www.agriculturesnetwork.org/magazines/global/co-creation-of-knowledge/rescuing-our-maize-building-a-network
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    Evolutionary populations: Living gene banks in farmers’ fields in Iran

    Content Efforts to rapidly increase on-farm biodiversity are a matter of urgency in an era of climate change. To do so, family farmers need better access to the genetic material of research stations and gene banks. Collaboration with scientists who are willing and able to work together with farmers is crucial. The Evolutionary Plant Breeding programme in Iran is one example of how this can be done.
    Author Ali Razmkhah, Khadija Razavi, Maede Salimi, Maryam Rahmanian, Reza Haghparast, Salvatore Ceccarelli
    Contributor ILEIA Center for Learning on Sustainable Agriculture
    Year Published 2016
    Type of Initiative Article
    Country IRAN
    Link http://www.agriculturesnetwork.org/magazines/global/access-and-benefit-sharing-of-genetic-resources/evolutionary-populations-living-gene-banks-in-farmers2019-fields-in-iran-1

    Seed banks and national policy in Brazil

    Content Increasingly, seeds are the domain of professional breeders, agribusiness and policy makers. They decide what makes for a good variety and they develop legislation that excludes other varieties. Despite this,family farmer organisations and social movements in Paraíba,Brazil, have managed to strengthen decentralised farmerdriven seed selection and distribution systems and public seed policies. They may well be opening the way for another seed regime in the country, with its own access and benefit sharing mechanisms.
    Author Emanoel Dias da Silva, Gabriel Fernandes, Luciano Silveira, Paulo Petersen
    Contributor ILEIA Center for Learning on Sustainable Agriculture
    Year Published 2016
    Type of Initiative Article
    Link http://www.agriculturesnetwork.org/magazines/global/access-and-benefit-sharing-of-genetic-resources/seed-banks-and-national-policy-in-brazil
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    Looking outside the box. Access and benefit sharing for family farmers in Zimbabwe

    Content What is successful access and benefit sharing’ for
    smallholder family farmers? This contribution argues it is not about legal contracts or mechanisms that regulate the international transfer of plant genetic resources. It is about farmers’ access to seed diversity and the ability to share in the benefits of the continuing cycles of seed conservation and development. The Community Technology Development Trust in Zimbabwe supports mechanisms that, in practice, do result in substantial access to and benefit sharing of local and modern varieties.
    Author Andrew Mushita, Bram de Jong, Patrick Kasasa
    Contributor ILEIA- centre for learning on sustainable agriculture
    Year Published 2016
    Type of Initiative Article
    Country Zimbabwe
    Link http://www.agriculturesnetwork.org/magazines/global/access-and-benefit-sharing-of-genetic-resources/looking-outsidethe-box-access-and-benefit-sharing-for-family-farmers-in-zimbabwe
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    Potato breeding in the Netherlands: successful collaboration between farmers and commercial breeders

    Content The Dutch potato breeding model, which involves a partnership between family farmers and commercial breeding companies in a modern, Western context, is unique. While there are other examples of collaborative relationships between farmers and breeders in Europe, the Dutch potato breeding model stands out in terms of its long track record, the involvement of the private sector, and the institutional integration of the relationship which up to today facilitates access to genetic materials and financial benefit sharing.
    Author Conny Almekinders, Edith Lammerts van Bueren, Jan van Loon, Loes Mertens
    Contributor ILEIA Center for Learning on Sustainable Agriculture
    Year Published 2016
    Type of Initiative Article
    Link http://www.agriculturesnetwork.org/magazines/global/access-and-benefit-sharing-of-genetic-resources/potato-breeding-in-the-netherlands-successful-collaboration-between-farmers-and-commercial-breeders