Home nurseries: Viable businesses with environmental awareness

Content Butana is a dry plateau in northern Sudan, east of the river Nile. Covering 65,000 square kilometres, less than 10% can be described as ‘woodland’ in the vaguest sense of the word, and even these trees are disappearing rapidly. The Butana Integrated Rural Development Project began in 2008 with the aim of supporting the livelihoods of poor family farmers by strengthening their resilience in the face of recurrent droughts. And improving tree cover was a key means of achieving this.
Author Mohammed El Hassan Ali
Contributor ILEIA
Year Published 2014
Type of Initiative Case Studies
Country SUDAN
Link http://www.agriculturesnetwork.org/magazines/global/resilience-faces/diversifying-with-trees

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“We are a political and economic force”

Content About 23 years ago, in Santiago del Estero, a province in the north of Argentina, the Peasant Movement of Santiago del Estero Via Campesina (MOCASE -VC) was established. One of its leaders is Deo Sumaj, an impressive peasant woman of the Vilela indigenous people. “Peasant family farming could provide many answers to the crises that humanity faces.”
Author Teresa Gianella
Contributor AgriCultures Network
Year Published 2013
Type of Initiative Interview
Country ARGENTINA
Link http://www.agriculturesnetwork.org/magazines/global/family-farming/interview-deo-sumaj

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Food fairs revive local food and nutrition

Content Food fairs are an important tool and space to promote food sovereignty as they take place in local public spaces and within people’s own socio-cultural settings. One excellent example was a food fair in Ghana, organised by the Centre for Indigenous Knowledge and Organisational Development (CIKOD). Women farmers exhibited traditional crops and foods, emphasising their importance for local and national food and nutrition security. The fair reminded community and political leaders of the value of neglected traditional foods. Some years later, it can be seen how this and subsequent food fairs helped to ensure the improved integration of traditional foods and agroecological farming into national food security plans.
Author Bernard Guri, Patricia Dianon
Contributor ILEIA
Year Published 2014
Type of Initiative Case Studies
Country GHANA
Link http://www.agriculturesnetwork.org/magazines/global/reclaiming-nutrition/promoting-traditional-food

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The Mother of Our Breath

Content Women have been the nurturers of the family and providers of food on land, while men have been providers from the sea. Children are expected to help their parents and other elders in their different tasks. This is the story of the Paulauan traditional family farming system in the western most regions of the Caroline Islands in the Republic of Palau.
Author Robert V. Bishop and ILIEA
Contributor Agriculturesnetwork.org
Year Published 2013
Type of Initiative Case Studies
Country Taiwan
Country PALAU
Link http://www.agriculturesnetwork.org/magazines/global/family-farming/palau-family-values

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Guinea pigs – small livestock with big potential

Content The right to food sovereignty is a part of the Plurinational State of Bolivia’s constitution, but what does this actually mean for family farmers? The truth is that many people in rural areas are far from having access to adequate food and nutrition, with 37% of children under five reported to be suffering from stunting caused by malnutrition. Amongst the institutions and initiatives that aim to improve food security and sovereignty, the cuy (or guinea pig) project stands out for the inroads it has made towards improving food and nutrition at the family level.
Author
Contributor
Type of Initiative Case Studies
Country BOLIVIA
Link http://www.agriculturesnetwork.org/magazines/global/reclaiming-nutrition/guinea-pigs

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Youth and agriculture: German youth struggle for land

Content ‘Land grabbing’ has grabbed people’s attention in recent years, but this phenomenon is not restricted to developing countries. In the heart of Europe, young German farmers like Paula Giola are also struggling to retain and regain access to farmland.
Author Paula Gioia
Contributor ILEIA
Year Published 2014
Type of Initiative Article
Country GERMANY
Link http://www.agriculturesnetwork.org/magazines/global/resilience-faces/german-youth-land-struggle

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Agro-ecology: beyond food

Content Some may view indigenous communities as being conservative and backwards. However, the Kabekwa in Costa Rica show that such communities can be adaptable and innovative. In response to changing circumstances, this community has been adapting its farming practices constantly, benefiting from it in multiple ways.
Author Cristian Timmermann, Georges Felix
Contributor AgriculturesNetwork
Year Published 2013
Type of Initiative Case Studies
Country COSTA RICA
Link http://www.agriculturesnetwork.org/magazines/global/family-farming/agroecology-beyond-food

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Organic farming at the Center stage in South East Asia

Content In a first part, this publication gives technical feedbacks and analysis on Sustainable Rice Based Farming Systems in the Philippines. The book concludes that Organic farming is undeniably, one of the best broad-based development strategies that can be employed to revitalize the agriculture sector. With that said and given that most Southeast Asian countries are dependent on rice, effective organic rice farming can help address not only rural poverty but food security woes across the region.

In a second part, it highlights the main results of a regional exchange on agroecology that took place in the Philippines between South East Asian members of la Via Campesina (from Taiwan, Vietnam, South Korea, Cambodia, Thailand, Indonesia, Timor Leste).

Author Irma Yanny, James S.L.Tadeo, Raphael M. Baladad
Contributor La Via Campesina
Year Published 2013
Type of Initiative Case Studies
Country CAMBODIA, INDONESIA, PHILIPPINES, South Corea, Taiwan, THAILAND, TIMOR-LESTE, Vietnam
Link http://viacampesina.org/en/index.php/publications-mainmenu-30

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Seeking convergence on agroecology- a conference impression

Content Whoever thought that agroecology is only gaining momentum as an agricultural practice, science and movement in Latin America, is wrong. A two day conference in June 2013 clearly depicted the richness of agroecology in Europe- as well as the challenges and opportunities.

Initiated by scientific network ENSSER, the meeting convened politicians, activists, officials, seed breeders, a small number of farmers and interested citizens. The variety of initiatives that were shared, on farming with nature and on farmer-consumer/citizen initiatives in Europe, was quite overwhelming.

What stood out was the consensus on the need to move from a ‘productivist’ to a ‘sufficiency’ paradigm, to cross-fertilise agroecology with food sovereignty and to co-create knowledge, especially with farmers.

Author Janneke Bruil, Leonardo van den Berg
Contributor ILEIA
Year Published 2013
Type of Initiative Report
Link http://www.agriculturesnetwork.org/resources/extra/news/agroecology-europe

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¿Loco? ¡De ninguna manera!

Content Aunque difícilmente se alcanza lo suficiente para satisfacer la demanda nacional, la producción de arroz en el Perú es alta, lo que refleja un sistema de producción aparentemente eficiente. Trabajando en conjunto con otros agricultores, y no siempre con el sistema nacional de investigación y extensión, las iniciativas de los agricultores están demostrando que una manera mucho más eficiente de producir arroz posible.
Author ILEIA
Contributor AgriCultures Network, ILEIA
Type of Initiative Case Studies
Country PERU
Link http://www.agriculturesnetwork.org/magazines/latin-america/el-sica/loco-de-ninguna-manera

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