Agroecology. The Bold Future of Farming in Africa

Content A publication launched by the African Alliance for Food Sovereignty, showcasing the huge potential of Agroecology to feed Africa, fix broken food systems and repair damaged landscapes, providing abundant healthy and nutritious food sustainably while increasing incomes and improving climate resilience. The publication also illustrates 15 case studies.
Author AFSA, TOAM
Contributor AFSA, TOAM
Year Published 2017
Type of Initiative Case Studies, Report
Country ETHIOPIA, GHANA, KENYA, MALAWI, TOGO, UGANDA, Zimbabwe
Link http://afsafrica.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/02/Agroecology-the-bold-future-of-farming-in-Africa-ebook1.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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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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Conclusions: Learning from farmer-led access and benefit sharing

Content This special issue of Farming Matters magazine has explored the ways in which access and benefit sharing of plant genetic resources can work for family farmers. On one hand it presents cases that demonstrate the limited extent to which family farmers have been able to benefit from the ‘formal’ ABS process: the rather complex arrangements between international agreements and national authorities, institutions and communities. On the other hand, this publication uncovers some of the effective principles and mechanisms for access and benefit sharing that are part and parcel of farmers’ everyday practices, even when formal ABS regulations have not yet been designed or implemented. What can we conclude?
Author Janneke Bruil, Robin Pistorius, Ronnie Vernooy
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/learning-from-farmer-led-access-and-benefit-sharing-conclusions

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Access and benefit sharing of genetic resources

Content Access and benefit sharing of plant genetic resources is a crucial but very complex, political and legalistic matter. Does the formal system work for family farmers? As we see in this special issue of Farming Matters, co-produced with Bioversity International, it poses many challenges. At the same time, farmers around the world are leading successful initiatives for access and benefit sharing. This issue of Farming Matters presents cases that demonstrate the limited extent to which family farmers have been able to benefit from the ‘formal’ ABS process. It also uncovers some of the effective principles and mechanisms for access and benefit sharing that are part and parcel of farmers’ everyday practices, such as community seed banks, and successful collaborations between researchers and farmers. Some of these arrangements have links with the formal system.
Author Farming Matters
Contributor ILEIA- centre for learning on sustainable agriculture
Year Published 2016
Type of Initiative Report
Link http://www.agriculturesnetwork.org/magazines/global/access-and-benefit-sharing-of-genetic-resources

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Interview: “Agroecology is an epistemological revolution”

Content Victor M. Toledo is a Mexican ethnoecologist and social activist at the National Autonomous University of Mexico. His work focuses primarily on the study of agroecological and knowledge systems. In this interview, Victor M. Toledo explains why co-creation of knowledge is an integral part of agroecology and discusses the changes that are needed for this form of agriculture to gain ground in the global
arena. He argues that agroecology is in itself a major shift in our relationship with knowledge.
Author Diana Quiroz
Contributor Farming Matters Magazine, ILEIA Center for Learning on Sustainable Agriculture
Year Published 2016
Type of Initiative Interview
Link http://www.agriculturesnetwork.org/magazines/global/co-creation-of-knowledge/interview-201cagroecology-is-an-epistemological-revolution201d

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A farmer NGO-scientist synergy

Content Farmers are plant breeders when they select and save the seeds of the plants best adapted to the conditions in their fields. For over two decades, farmer breeders in Honduras have been working with scientists and NGOs to develop new bean varieties. In a context of high agrobiodiversity, limited public sector agricultural research capacity and extension services, the process has not always been smooth. Against all odds, this collaborative effort, which has brought scientific knowledge together with farmer knowledge, has positioned farmers at the forefront of innovation for climate change adaptation. This article highlights lessons learned over 20 years about the power of knowledge co-creation.
Author Juan Carlos Rosas, Marvin Gómez, Sally Humphries
Contributor Farming Matters Magazine, ILEIA Center for Learning on Sustainable Agriculture
Year Published 2016
Type of Initiative Article
Link http://www.agriculturesnetwork.org/magazines/global/co-creation-of-knowledge/a-farmer-ngo-scientist-synergy-2

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Improving access to vegetable seeds for resilient family farms in Costa Rica

Content A group of coffee farmers in Turrialba, Costa Rica,is successfully exploring diversification options with horticultural food crops. This is being done in collaboration with two vegetable seed banks that allow family farmers to use varieties freely under the multilateral system of FAO´s International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture.
Author Lindsey Hethcote, Maarten van Zonneveld, Nelly Vasquez, V. Ernesto Méndez, William Solano
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/improving-access-to-vegetable-seeds-for-resilient-family-farms-in-costa-rica

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Access and benefit sharing of genetic resources for family farmers: Theory and practice

Content Only a small number of governments have established meaningful and effective farmer-centred measures for the implementation of access and benefit sharing of genetic resources. One reason is the highly complex nature of the international regulatory system. This special issue of Farming Matters magazine presents practical ways in which access and benefit sharing for family farmers can be enhanced through collaborative efforts based on the rural realities, knowledge and needs of local communities. Key in this approach are community seed banks and farmer seed systems, which serve as local points of access to genetic resources as well as ensuring equitable sharing of benefits. This article presents an overview of both the ‘formal’ and ‘informal’ access and benefit sharing systems that are currently being used, and examines the theory and practice of these systems.
Author Robin Pistorius
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/access-and-benefit-sharing-of-genetic-resources-for-family-farmers-theory-and-practice

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Institutionalising dialogue in Rwanda through innovation platforms

Content A platform of farmers, retailers and service providers,civil society organisations, NGOs, government officials, and researchers improves livelihoods in Rwanda. Through
interaction and collaboration, these groups experiment with various technological and institutional innovations, thereby tackling local agricultural challenges. This
experience illustrates the importance of institutionalising a space where knowledge can be co-created.
Author Marc Schut
Contributor ILEIA- centre for learning on sustainable agriculture
Year Published 2016
Type of Initiative Article
Country RWANDA
Link http://www.agriculturesnetwork.org/magazines/global/co-creation-of-knowledge/institutionalising-dialogue-in-rwanda-through-innovation-platforms

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