Home nurseries: Viable businesses with environmental awareness

Title Home nurseries: Viable businesses with environmental awareness
Contributor ILEIA
Author Mohammed El Hassan Ali
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.
Type of initiative Case Studies
Year Published
Language English
Africa SUDAN
Link http://www.agriculturesnetwork.org/magazines/global/resilience-faces/diversifying-with-trees

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“We are a political and economic force”

Title “We are a political and economic force”
Contributor AgriCultures Network
Author Teresa Gianella
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.”
Type of initiative Interview
Year Published
Language English
South America ARGENTINA
Link http://www.agriculturesnetwork.org/magazines/global/family-farming/interview-deo-sumaj

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Food fairs revive local food and nutrition

Title Food fairs revive local food and nutrition
Contributor ILEIA
Author Bernard Guri, Patricia Dianon
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.
Type of initiative Case Studies
Year Published
Language English
Africa GHANA
Link http://www.agriculturesnetwork.org/magazines/global/reclaiming-nutrition/promoting-traditional-food

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The Mother of Our Breath

Title The Mother of Our Breath
Contributor Agriculturesnetwork.org
Author Robert V. Bishop and ILIEA
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.
Type of initiative Case Studies
Year Published
Language English
Asia Taiwan
Oceania PALAU
Link http://www.agriculturesnetwork.org/magazines/global/family-farming/palau-family-values

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Guinea pigs – small livestock with big potential

Title Guinea pigs – small livestock with big potential
Contributor
Author
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.
Type of initiative Case Studies
Year Published
Language English
South America BOLIVIA
Link http://www.agriculturesnetwork.org/magazines/global/reclaiming-nutrition/guinea-pigs

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Youth and agriculture: German youth struggle for land

Title Youth and agriculture: German youth struggle for land
Contributor ILEIA
Author Paula Gioia
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.
Type of initiative Article
Year Published
Language English
Europe GERMANY
Link http://www.agriculturesnetwork.org/magazines/global/resilience-faces/german-youth-land-struggle

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Agro-ecology: beyond food

Title Agro-ecology: beyond food
Contributor AgriculturesNetwork
Author Cristian Timmermann, Georges Felix
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.
Type of initiative Case Studies
Year Published
Language English
North America 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

Title Organic farming at the Center stage in South East Asia
Contributor La Via Campesina
Author Irma Yanny, James S.L.Tadeo, Raphael M. Baladad
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).

Type of initiative Case Studies
Year Published 2013
Language English
Asia 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

Title Seeking convergence on agroecology- a conference impression
Contributor ILEIA
Author Janneke Bruil, Leonardo van den Berg
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.

Type of initiative Report
Year Published
Language English
Link http://www.agriculturesnetwork.org/resources/extra/news/agroecology-europe

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¿Loco? ¡De ninguna manera!

Title ¿Loco? ¡De ninguna manera!
Contributor AgriCultures Network, ILEIA
Author ILEIA
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.
Type of initiative Case Studies
Year Published
Language Español
South America PERU
Link http://www.agriculturesnetwork.org/magazines/latin-america/el-sica/loco-de-ninguna-manera

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