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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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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Giving new life to peasant seeds in Ecuador

Content In the Ecuadorian provinces of Bolivar, Chimborazo, and Cotopaxi, family farmers are building new capacity to conserve and use the biodiversity on their farms. By participating in action research they gain a greater understanding and control of their plant genetic resources. This results in increased resilience to climatic and other shocks and takes them further on the path towards food sovereignty.
Author Pedro J. Oyarzun, Ross Mary Borja
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/giving-new-life-to-peasant-seeds-in-ecuador

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Multiple Pathways: Case studies of sustainable agriculture in China

Content Chinese agriculture today faces major environmental challenges, from unsustainably high applications of fertilisers and pesticides to widespread soil erosion, pollution, water scarcity and the loss of agricultural biodiversity. Coupled with the dramatic depopulation of rural areas and high-profile food safety scares, these challenges are prompting the emergence of a growing movement towards sustainable agriculture, witnessed by the rise in ecological farms, organic farmers’ markets in major cities, as well as increasing emphasis on sustainability in Chinese policies related to agriculture. But what impact is this movement having on these challenges and how can it best be supported?
Author IIED
Contributor IIED
Year Published 2015
Type of Initiative Case Studies
Link http://pubs.iied.org/17579IIED.html

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The world’s largest safety net for family farmers?

Content India’s Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (MGNREGA) is the largest public-works based employment programme in the world. Unanimously enacted by the Indian parliament in 2005, implementation began in February 2006. With an annual budget of six billion US dollars, it now supports some fifty million rural people – larger than the population of Senegal, Mali and Niger combined. This article focuses on the successes, issues and potential of the Act to improve the well being of workers and family farmers.
Author KS Gopal
Contributor ILEIA
Year Published 2014
Type of Initiative Case Studies
Country INDIA
Link http://www.agriculturesnetwork.org/magazines/global/resilience-faces/social-safety-nets

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A systems approach against poverty

Content Opinion by Million Belay.
Why is poverty deepening in Africa even when millions of dollars continue to be poured in to alleviate it?, asks Million Belay. He answers by highlighting how we need to promote agroecology, treat agriculture as a system, and move away from green revolution approaches.
Author Million Belay
Contributor ILEIA
Year Published 2014
Type of Initiative Article
Link http://www.agriculturesnetwork.org/magazines/global/resilience-faces/opinion-million-belay

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Farming for healthy urban tap water

Content New York City’s water is kept safe and clean by an innovative cooperative agreement with farmers that benefits both the city and rural communities. The programme demonstrates that water utilities can go beyond applying traditional engineering solutions and pioneer innovative governance, management and financial arrangements with upstream farming communities.
Author Daniel Moss
Contributor ILEIA Center for Learning on Sustainable Agriculture
Year Published 2015
Type of Initiative Case Studies
Link http://www.agriculturesnetwork.org/magazines/global/wisdom-of-water/nyc-farming-for-healthy-urban-tap-water

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Future farmers in Europe

Content “Go for it. Reclaim the fields!” All around Europe, young people with no agricultural background are setting up farming initiatives. Despite the many difficulties these new farmers face, their systems are innovative, viable and sustainable. They are a response to Europe’s emptying countrysides, and their numbers are growing. Why and how did they make this radical choice? What do they gain from their hard work? What did they learn? This short video portrays 8 ‘future farmers’ from France, Ireland, Germany and the Netherlands.
Author ILEIA Center for Learning on Sustainable Agriculture
Contributor ILEIA Center for Learning on Sustainable Agriculture
Year Published 2015
Type of Initiative Multi-Media
Country FRANCE, GERMANY, IRELAND, NETHERLANDS
Link https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R43MXHEfFrU&feature=youtu.be

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Moving from vulnerability to resilience in Africa

Content In August 2012, the Seidu family had to cope with the bad harvest. Like many farming families in northern Ghana, they had to adopt the ‘one-zero-one’ strategy for the children and the ‘zero-zero-one’ strategy for themselves. ‘One’ represents a meal, ‘zero’ is no meal. So during the lean season, their four children had breakfast in the morning, nothing at midday, and a meal in the evening.
Author Peter Gubbels
Contributor ILEIA
Year Published 2014
Type of Initiative Article
Country GHANA
Link http://www.agriculturesnetwork.org/magazines/global/resilience-faces/theme-overview-building-resilience

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