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

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.”
Author Margriet Goris
Contributor ILEIA
Year Published 2014
Type of Initiative Interview
Link http://www.agriculturesnetwork.org/magazines/global/resilience-faces/interview-olivier-de-schutter

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From slash and burn to ‘slash and mulch’

Content In semi-arid cropping regions of West Africa, fallow periods are getting shorter. As land becomes more scarce, farmers are not able to give their soils enough time to rest. This is leading to depletion of soil organic matter, severely threatening soil fertility and damaging soil structure. In the worst cases, crops hardly yield anything anymore. But this is not an option for family farmers. In Burkina Faso, some have found ways to restore their soils that have been dubbed ‘slash and mulch’. The improvement and spread of these techniques also proves the importance of partnerships between farmers and researchers in developing locally suited practices.
Author Georges Felix
Contributor ILEIA
Year Published 2015
Type of Initiative Case Studies
Country BURKINA FASO
Link http://www.agriculturesnetwork.org/magazines/global/soils-for-life/slash-and-mulch

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Ser tambero familiar y cuidador del pastizal en las cercanías de la ciudad

Content En los últimos años los servicios intangibles que brindan los pastizales de Sudamérica tomaron importancia, principalmente los rioplatenses de la Argentina, Uruguay, Paraguay y sur de Brasil. Los pastizales rioplatenses de la Argentina pertenecen en parte a la subregión conocida como Pampa Deprimida. Una porción importante de este paisaje ha sido fuertemente afectada por el proceso de agriculturización. Paradójicamente, en la región argentina existen áreas ubicadas en los alrededores de los grandes cascos urbanos que aún conservan superficies importantes de tierras cubiertas por pastizales naturales manejados por pequeños productores familiares.
Author Anahí Musso, Bárbara Heguy, Lorena Mendicino, María C. Vecchio, María Isabel Lissarague
Contributor Leisa-America Latina
Year Published 2014
Type of Initiative Case Studies
Country ARGENTINA
Link http://www.agriculturesnetwork.org/magazines/latin-america/biodiversidad/ser-tambero-familiar

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From farmer-pastoralist conflicts to profitable alliances

Content The area around Wum in the Northwest Province of Cameroon is notorious as a conflict hotspot. As pressure increases on available land, conflicts occur more frequently between sedentary family farmers and pastoral communities. Farmer-pastoralist alliances are helping to resolve the conflicts by transforming the relationships between these families.
Author Charles Kacho
Contributor AgriculturesNetwork
Year Published 2013
Type of Initiative Case Studies
Country CAMEROON
Link http://www.agriculturesnetwork.org/magazines/global/family-farming/dialogue-and-collaboration

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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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Farming for nutrition: – back to the future

Content Nutrition has become one of the buzz words of the year, like resilience, and landscapes. What they have in common is that they refer to complex situations with political forces competing over the backs of rural and urban communities. The nutrition challenge is clear – with a billion hungry people on this planet and another two billion overweight – it is time to act. Persistent hunger and undernutrition are inexcusable in a world of plenty. But the crucial question is: who should act and how?
Author Edith van Walsum
Contributor ILEIA
Year Published 2014
Type of Initiative Article
Link http://www.agriculturesnetwork.org/magazines/global/reclaiming-nutrition/editorial

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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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Una iniciativa institucional para preservar la biodiversidad

Content El Centro de Resguardo es un espacio donde se establecen y reproducen plantas medicinales y aromáticas, asociándose especies silvestres y cultivadas, y donde además se registran los conocimientos populares sobre sus usos.
Author Olga Monagas, Tulio Carmona, Yony Carmona
Contributor Leisa-America Latina
Year Published 2014
Type of Initiative Article
Country VENEZUELA
Link http://www.agriculturesnetwork.org/magazines/latin-america/biodiversidad/iniciativa-institucional-preservar-biodiversidad

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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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