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

Title Improving access to vegetable seeds for resilient family farms in Costa Rica
Contributor ILEIA Center for Learning on Sustainable Agriculture
Author Lindsey Hethcote, Maarten van Zonneveld, Nelly Vasquez, V. Ernesto Méndez, William Solano
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.
Type of initiative Article
Year Published
Language English
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

Title Access and benefit sharing of genetic resources for family farmers: Theory and practice
Contributor ILEIA Center for Learning on Sustainable Agriculture
Author Robin Pistorius
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.
Type of initiative Article
Year Published
Language English
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

Title Institutionalising dialogue in Rwanda through innovation platforms
Contributor ILEIA- centre for learning on sustainable agriculture
Author Marc Schut
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.
Type of initiative Article
Year Published
Language English
Africa RWANDA
Link http://www.agriculturesnetwork.org/magazines/global/co-creation-of-knowledge/institutionalising-dialogue-in-rwanda-through-innovation-platforms

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Perspectives: Strengthening people’s knowledge

Title Perspectives: Strengthening people’s knowledge
Contributor Farming Matters Magazine, ILEIA- centre for learning on sustainable agriculture
Author Charanya R., Colin Anderson, Michel Pimbert, Tom Wakeford
Content For the past half century agricultural innovation has denied a voice to the many groups who work outside the profession of science – farmers, food providers, women and the urban poor. The value of their expertise gained through practical experience must be recognised in the production and validation of knowledge.
Type of initiative Article
Year Published
Language English
Asia INDIA
Link http://www.agriculturesnetwork.org/magazines/global/co-creation-of-knowledge/perspectives-strengthening-people2019s-knowledge

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Strawberry fields forever

Title Strawberry fields forever
Contributor Farming Matters Magazine, ILEIA Center for Learning on Sustainable Agriculture
Author Jim Cochran, Steve Gliessman
Content Professor Steve Gliessman and farmer Jim Cochran are among the movers and shakers of the strawberry sector in California. Since the 1980s they have been experimenting with sustainable ways to grow strawberries and with alternative food networks. Committed to the agroecological transition, they built a powerful farmer- researcher partnership that was groundbreaking for farmers, academia and the strawberry industry as a whole.
Type of initiative Article
Year Published
Language English
Link http://www.agriculturesnetwork.org/magazines/global/co-creation-of-knowledge/strawberry-fields-forever

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Climate Change and the Agriculture Crisis: Agroecology as a Solution (Hindi version)

Title Climate Change and the Agriculture Crisis: Agroecology as a Solution (Hindi version)
Contributor Focus on the Global South
Author Parul Tharpa
Content This publication in Hindi tries to address important questions such as:

What exactly is the climate change crisis? How does it affect us? Are we causing it? How? How is it going to affecting our land, water, food and lifestyle? Can we anything about it ? How ? Why is the practice of agroecology so important in addition to clean energy?

Type of initiative Manual
Year Published
Language English
Link http://focusweb.org/content/climate-change-and-agriculture-crisis-agroecology-solution-hindi-version

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How global food traders manage our water

Title How global food traders manage our water
Contributor ILEIA Center for Learning on Sustainable Agriculture
Author Jeroen Warner, Martin Keulertz, Suvi Sojamo
Content To many analysts, global water governance is about getting the institutions right: more accountable water users and more public participation in decisions. But are we barking up the right tree? In this analysis, we argue that when analysing global water governance, one needs to look at the global players that really matter – an exclusive group of global food traders. These traders must be held accountable for their water footprint.
Type of initiative Article
Year Published
Language English
Link http://www.agriculturesnetwork.org/magazines/global/wisdom-of-water/perspectives-global-food-traders

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Building, defending and strengthening agroecology

Title Building, defending and strengthening agroecology
Contributor Center for Agroecology Water & Resilience, ILEIA
Author Colin Anderson, Csilla Kiss, Michel Pimbert
Content This publication is based on a research conducted on the meaning and politics of agroecology from social movement perspectives.
It is associated with this video
Type of initiative Article
Year Published
Language English
Link http://www.agroecologynow.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/05/Farming_Matters_Special.pdf

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Handbook On Agroecology: Farmer’s Manual on Sustainable Practices

Title Handbook On Agroecology: Farmer’s Manual on Sustainable Practices
Contributor Focus on the Global South
Author Afsar Jafri, P.T. George
Content This booklet is aimed to educate and inform farmers about diverse possibility of sustainable and safe food production methods and its techniques. This handbook is designed as a practical guide to these different practices of agroecology and their specific principles, techniques and strategies.We hope that these practical techniques would help to address the needs of especially small and marginal farmers who are contemplating to switch over to low-cost agriculture. We also hope that sustainable agricultural practices mentioned here can easily be adapted by small farmers without involving much input costs.However the set of practices mentioned here are not the only valid roadmap available for adopting low-cost organic agriculture. A skillful agroecology practitioner can come up with their own innovative techniques by applying different agroecological principles to suite particular crops, soil conditions and available natural resources.
Type of initiative Guide
Year Published
Language English
Link http://focusweb.org/sites/www.focusweb.org/files/Agriculture%20Science_0.pdf

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Agroecology and the right to food – Interview with Olivier De Schutter

Title Agroecology and the right to food – Interview with Olivier De Schutter
Contributor ILEIA
Author Margriet Goris
Content Interview > Olivier De Schutter – “Agroecology is really common sense. It means understanding how nature works, to replicate the natural workings of nature on farms in order to reduce dependency on external inputs. Agroecology preserves the ability for future generations to feed themselves. I believe we should teach more about agroecology and encourage exchanges between farmers. We cannot continue in this impasse of an oil dependent food production system.”
Type of initiative Interview
Year Published
Language English
Link http://www.agriculturesnetwork.org/magazines/global/resilience-faces/interview-olivier-de-schutter

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