When family farmers lead their own development

Content Steven Kiranga Gichanga is a family farmer in Mugaari, a village in Kenya. He was trained in goat rearing but could not afford a goat to get started. He was also trained in bee keeping but could not afford a bee hive either. After a community reflection forum in 2012, Steven became aware of his own creative capacities and his ability to think outside the box. Then he came up with a brilliant idea.
Author Laure Guibert
Contributor AgriculturesNetwork
Year Published 2013
Type of Initiative Report
Country KENYA
Link http://www.agriculturesnetwork.org/magazines/global/family-farming/people-led-development

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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

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La Aurora, un caso de agroecología aplicada

Content Publicación acerca de la experiencia agroecológica implementada en el establecimiento La Aurora, unbicado en Benito Juárez, provincia de Buenos Aires, Argentina
Author Miguel Viñuales
Contributor Miguel Viñuales
Year Published 2013
Type of Initiative Case Studies
Country ARGENTINA
Link http://www.elpopular.com.ar/eimpresa/167172/el-equilibrio-entre-ser-productivo-y-sustentable

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

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“We need to support what farmers are already doing”

Content Interview with Medius Bihunirwa, head of the Farmer Enterprise Development Unit at Kabarole Research and Resource Centre (KRC), Uganda. Medius works with smallholder farmers, enhancing the quality of their produce and improving their access to markets. In her role as member and researcher of the Hivos/IIED Knowledge Network, she has delved deeper into the concept of farmer agency and their interest in being part of a value chain.
Author ILEIA
Contributor AgriCultures Network, ILEIA
Year Published 2013
Type of Initiative Interview
Country UGANDA
Link http://www.agriculturesnetwork.org/magazines/global/markets/interview-medius-bihunirwa

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Rede Raízes da Mata: Strengthening links between producers and consumers

Content As in many other parts of the world, farmers in the Zona da Mata region, in the Brazilian state of Minas Gerais, were encouraged to take up the Green Revolution package. This model also prescribed integration with the international markets. Family farmers, however, have found that this model has not brought the promised benefits. Many different efforts have led to viable alternatives. One of these is Rede Raízes da Mata (or the “Forest Roots Network”), started in 2011 as a joint initiative by a group of university students and local producers. The main goal of the network is to improve the commercialisation of local agro-ecological produce by establishing stronger links between producers and consumers.
Author Fabricio Vassalli Zanelli, Heitor Mancini Teixeira, Irene Maria Cardoso, Nina Abigail Caligiorne Cruz
Contributor AgriCultures Network, ILEIA
Year Published 2013
Type of Initiative Case Studies
Country BRAZIL
Link http://www.agriculturesnetwork.org/magazines/global/markets/rede-raizes-da-mata

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Local food systems: Tzimbuto and Canasta Utopia

Content The Canastas Comunitarias, a movement started by families to address their concerns over food prices provides a clear example of an approach that highlights the importance of showcasing peoples’ experiences as an inspiration for social change. Today, the movement has expanded to six cities in Ecuador and has diversified to address new concerns, but remains a perfect example of the benefits of local food systems.
Author Francisco Lema, Pedro J. Oyarzun, Ross Mary Borja, Sonia Zambrano
Contributor AgriCultures Network, ILEIA
Year Published 2013
Type of Initiative Case Studies
Country ECUADOR
Link http://www.agriculturesnetwork.org/magazines/global/markets/tzimbuto-and-canasta-utopia

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Dams and alpacas in the Peruvian Andes

Content In addition to severe losses in the mountain soil’s fertility, climate change is easily visible in the Peruvian Andes: the glaciers which feed all the rivers, and the snow on the mountaintops, are noticeably getting smaller, less and less water is flowing down into the valleys. The water harvesting approach is proving susccessful to cope with this problem and strenghthen local organizations.
Author Fernando Camiloaga Jiménez
Contributor AgriCultures Network
Year Published 2012
Type of Initiative Case Studies
Country PERU
Link http://www.agriculturesnetwork.org/magazines/global/from-desertification-to-vibrant-communities/dams-and-alpacas

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Women, families and communities in Aceh

Content In 2004 the province of Aceh in Indonesia was affected by a devastating earthquake and tsunami. The impact on rural communities was particularly harsh, exacerbating the existing poverty and poor living conditions caused by a long separatist conflict. A network of women farmers established under these difficult circumstances is not only benefitting its participants, but also their families and communities.

Farming Matters | 28.3 | September 2012
Photo: R. Lines-Kelly

Author Gavin Tinning
Contributor AgriCultures Network
Year Published 2012
Type of Initiative Case Studies
Country INDONESIA
Link http://www.agriculturesnetwork.org/magazines/global/farmer-organisations/women-families-communities-aceh/at_download/article_pdf

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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

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