Climate Resilience Sustainable Agriculture Experiences

Content This document summarises case studies from ten countries through ActionAid’s approach to climate resilient sustainable agriculture, which incorporates agroecology in a human rights framework. Based on these experiences ActionAid recommends to increase investment in agroecology, as part of a comprehensive human rights based approach:

  • In particular in ensuring public agriculture research works with nature, taking cognisance of the natural ecological functioning;
  • That public agriculture scientists are encouraged to work with farmers to define their research priorities, disaggregating the priorities of male and female farmers;
  • That extension agents are trained on sustainable agronomic practices and farm management, which can have significant benefits in terms of building resilience, adapting to climate change, and improving production and food security;
  • Of course, all this needs to be underpinned by support for smallholder farmers’ organisations, including women farmers’ unions, to both engage effectively with markets and with government to influence public policy in their favour.
Author
Contributor ActionAid
Year Published 2014
Type of Initiative Case Studies
Country AFGHANISTAN, BANGLADESH, CAMBODIA, CHINA, MYANMAR, NEPAL
Country MOZAMBIQUE, RWANDA
Country BRAZIL, Nicaragua
Link http://ag-transition.org/wp-content/pdf/2014-CRSA_Experiences-September_2014_SMALL.compressed.pdf

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Locally rooted: ideas and iniatives from the field

Content Family farmers and the many ways in which they contribute to food security, healthy landscapes and thriving rural communities can be supported in a number of ways. These are some initiatives from around the world.
Author ILEIA
Contributor AgriculturesNetwork
Year Published 2013
Type of Initiative Article, Case Studies
Country NEPAL
Country KENYA, LIBERIA
Country Guatemala
Link http://www.agriculturesnetwork.org/magazines/global/family-farming/locally-rooted

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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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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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Ten qualities of family farming

Content Even in the International Year of Family Farming there is confusion about family farming. What is it, and what distinguishes it from entrepreneurial farming or family agribusiness? The confusion tends to be highest in places where the modernisation of agriculture has led society further away from farming. Jan Douwe van der Ploeg takes us into the world of family farming, which he says is considered to be “both archaic and anarchic, and attractive and seductive.
Author Jan Douwe van der Ploeg
Contributor AgriculturesNetwork
Year Published 2013
Type of Initiative Article
Link http://www.agriculturesnetwork.org/magazines/global/family-farming/theme-overview

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La Durette, a pilot agroecological farm

Content La Durette is a pilot farm in agroecology located in Avignon, France. Its aim is to set up innovative mediterranean agricultural systems, mixing crops under agroforestry in various designs - mainly fruits and vegetables, and integrating animals into the systems. 

The 5-hectares farm will be managed by 2 farmers from 2015 on, in order to see if such innovative complex systems are easy to manage, and still competitive.

Author François Warlop
Contributor GRAB (Groupe de Recherche en Agriculture Biologique)
Year Published 2013
Type of Initiative Research
Country FRANCE
Link http://www.grab.fr/wp-content/uploads/2011/04/dossier-Durette-oct-13.pdf

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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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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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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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A new tool for improving organic cotton yields in Africa

Content A report on studies into the development of a novel pest management tool for organic cotton undertaken by PAN UK and their partners in Benin, West Africa, between 2006 and 2008. This food spray product can be used alongside other biological tools to attract, conserve and utilize beneficial insects. Yields of cotton obtained were equivalent to those obtained using conventional insecticides.
Author Damien Sanfilippo, Davo Simplice Vodouhê, Gervais Assogba, PAN UK, Robert Mensah
Contributor PAN UK
Year Published 2009
Type of Initiative Case Studies
Country BENIN
Link http://www.pan-uk.org/pestnews/Issue/pn84/PN84_6-9.pdf

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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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Entrevista a Norman Uphoff

Content Entre 1990 y 2005, Norman Uphoff, profesor emérito de Gobierno y de Agricultura Internacional en la Universidad de Cornell, se desempeñó como director del Instituto Internacional de Cornell para la Alimentación, la Agricultura y el Desarrollo (CIIFAD por sus siglas en inglés). Durante este tiempo se familiarizó con el SICA, en inglés System of Rice Intensification-SRI) en Madagascar, y se dio cuenta de que “algo raro estaba pasando”, ya que los agricultores obtuvieron rendimientos medios de ocho toneladas de arroz por hectárea, en lugar de sus habituales dos toneladas.
Author ILEIA
Contributor AgriCultures Network, ILEIA
Type of Initiative Interview
Link http://www.agriculturesnetwork.org/magazines/latin-america/el-sica/entrevista-norman-uphoff

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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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Práticas Agroecológicas na Agricultura Familiar

Content A ONG Ação Nascente Maquiné (ANAMA), do Rio Grande do Sul, disponibiliza no seu site o manual “Práticas Agroecológicas na Agricultura Familiar”. A publicação aborda algumas práticas e técnicas que podem auxiliar pequenos agricultores a trabalharem de forma sustentável, com geração de renda e com mais qualidade de vida.
Author Gustavo Martins, Luciano Matzenbacher Gutterres, Paulo Roberto Viana
Contributor ANAMA
Year Published 2011
Type of Initiative Manual
Country BRAZIL
Link http://tinyurl.com/kdpqkm2

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El Sistema Intensivo del Cultivo de Arroz (SICA)

Content Testimonio de 10 años de experiencia en el Perú.
Author ILEIA
Contributor AgriCultures Network, ILEIA
Type of Initiative Case Studies
Country PERU
Link http://www.agriculturesnetwork.org/magazines/latin-america/el-sica/testimonio-peru

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El SICA orgánico en Colombia

Content Colombia es un país que depende del arroz para su seguridad alimentaria y cuenta con una población que se estima en más de 45 millones, cuyo consumo de arroz se calcula en cerca de 40 kg por persona al año. La mayor parte de este arroz se produce con tecnologías y recursos insostenibles que están perjudicando la salud de los ecosistemas, de los productores y de los consumidores.
Author ILEIA
Contributor AgriCultures Network, ILEIA
Type of Initiative Case Studies
Country COLOMBIA
Link http://www.agriculturesnetwork.org/magazines/latin-america/el-sica/sica-organico-colombia

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Aprendiendo de los agricultores

Content La primera vez que leí sobre el SICA fue una tarde del 2002. En los siguientes años, en mi función de extensionista de la Oficina Distrital de Desarrollo Agrícola (DADO) empecé a promover el SICA en el distrito de Morang, Nepal.
Author ILEIA
Contributor AgriCultures Network, ILEIA
Type of Initiative Case Studies
Country NEPAL
Link http://www.agriculturesnetwork.org/magazines/latin-america/el-sica/aprendiendo-de-los-agricultores

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“SRI is something unprecedented”

Content Interview with Norman Uphoff, Professor Emeritus of Government and International Agriculture at Cornell University, former director of the Cornell International Institute for Food, Agriculture, and Development (CIIFAD) from 1990 to 2005. During this time he became acquainted with the System of Rice Intensification (SRI) in Madagascar, and realised that “something unusual was going on” as farmers were obtaining average paddy yields of eight tons per hectare instead of their usual two tons. Recognising the huge potential benefits, he has been working ever since to promote the testing, evaluation and understanding of SRI. “People can overestimate my role as easily as they can underestimate it… the truth is that the actual work has been done by thousands of people around the world.”
Author ILEIA
Contributor AgriCultures Network, ILEIA
Type of Initiative Interview
Link http://www.agriculturesnetwork.org/magazines/global/sri/interview-norman-uphoff

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SRI in Bihar: From one to 350,000

Content Farmers in Bihar were initially sceptical when they heard about the System of Rice Intensification, five years ago. Only one farmer decided to try it. From then, first by word of mouth and now with government support,

SRI has gone from strength to strength.In 2012, Bihar had some 335,000 hectares of SRI paddy and had a record rice harvest. One small-scale farmer has broken the world record for rice production, achieving a staggering 22.4 tons/hectare, almost 10 times the previous typical yield in the state.

Author ILEIA
Contributor AgriCultures Network, ILEIA
Type of Initiative Case Studies
Country INDIA
Link http://www.agriculturesnetwork.org/magazines/global/sri/sri-in-bihar

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SCI: Planting with space

Content The principles that make up a System of Crop Intensification (SCI) are now spreading through the regions of Tigray and South Wollo for a range of crops. The use of finger millet seedlings has shown very positive results in the region of Tahtai Maichew, near Aksum, Ethiopia, as has the use of alternative management practices for a number of other crops.
Author ILEIA
Contributor AgriCultures Network, ILEIA
Type of Initiative Case Studies
Country ETHIOPIA
Link http://www.agriculturesnetwork.org/magazines/global/sri/sci-planting-with-space

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Learning from farmers

Content It was an afternoon of 2002 when I first read about SRI. As an extension officer in the District Agriculture Development Office (DADO), I started promoting SRI in the following years in the district of Morang, Nepal.
Over this time I observed hundreds of attractive SRI fields and spent some years as a SRI activist. Looking at the results, I’ve learnt that different farmers face different problems, and that they adapt all techniques to suit their diverse circumstances and needs.

This article is also available in Spanish:
http://www.agriculturesnetwork.org/magazines/latin-america/el-sica/aprendiendo-de-los-agricultores

Author ILEIA
Contributor AgriCultures Network, ILEIA
Type of Initiative Case Studies
Country NEPAL
Link http://www.agriculturesnetwork.org/magazines/global/sri/learning-from-farmers

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Crazy? Not at all!

Content Although hardly enough to meet the national demand, rice yields in Peru are high, reflecting an apparently efficient production system. Working together with other farmers, and not always with the national research and extension system, farmers’ initiatives are showing that a much more efficient way is possible.
Author ILEIA
Contributor AgriCultures Network, ILEIA
Type of Initiative Case Studies
Country PERU
Link http://www.agriculturesnetwork.org/magazines/global/sri/sri-in-peru

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Farming Matters

Content However we look at it, the System of Rice Intensification, or SRI, is a major success story. While researchers are still debating its relevance, more and more people are getting to know about it, and more and more farmers are harvesting the results.

From Madagascar to more than 50 countries, and from rice to other crops, the dissemination of SRI has been impressive. This is a fascinating case study of innovation from below, involving local authorities, “champions”, extension agents and millions of farmers.

Farming Matters is a 42 page full colour magazine about sustainable agriculture with experiences of family farmers around the world, news about agro-ecology and with more than 150.000 readers globally.

Author ILEIA
Contributor AgriCultures Network, ILEIA
Type of Initiative Report
Link http://www.agriculturesnetwork.org/magazines/global/sri

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Adoption and adaptation

Content Between 2004 and 2010, the Groupe de Recherche et d’Echanges Technologiques (GRET) supported the introduction and dissemination of SRI in Myanmar’s Northern Rakhine State, as part of a series of projects aiming at ensuring food security. Based on this initial experience GRET started to introduce the System of Rice Intensification in the Ayeyarwaddy Delta in the aftermath of Cyclone Nargis. Working in a new setting and context, the overall results were different – but no less interesting.
Author ILEIA
Contributor AgriCultures Network, ILEIA
Type of Initiative Case Studies
Country MYANMAR
Link http://www.agriculturesnetwork.org/magazines/global/sri/adoption-and-adaptation

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Measuring farmer’s agroecological resistance in the wake of Hurricane Mitch

Content This study, published in 2001 by IIED, is the outcome of a participatory action research carried out in cooperation with the Campesino a Campesino, a farmer-led sustainable agriculture movement in Latin America. It compares the sustainability of conventional to agroecological farms after Hurricane Mitch, covering  360 communities of smallholders from southern Nicaragua to eastern Guatemala.

Author Eric Holt-Gimenez
Contributor IIED
Year Published 2001
Type of Initiative Case Studies
Country Guatemala, Nicaragua
Link http://tinyurl.com/dx7jy2h

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Kaluchi Thakarwadi: Rejuvenated landscape, rejuvenated lives

Content Kaluchi Thakarwadi is a small, remote settlement in the district of Ahmednagar, in Maharashtra, in the semi-arid zone in the rain shadow of India’s western mountains. Rainfall is unreliable, so there is chronic water scarcity, with recurring shortages of food and fodder. Six years ago a broad watershed management programme was established, which has already had an enormous impact: a transformation from desert to a replenished watershed.
Author Watershed Organization Trust
Contributor AgriCultures Network
Year Published 2012
Type of Initiative Case Studies
Country INDIA
Link http://www.agriculturesnetwork.org/magazines/global/from-desertification-to- vibrant-communities/kaluchi-thakarwadi-rejuvenated-landscape-rejuvenated-lives

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Nourishing the World Sustainably: Scaling Up Agroecology

Content The paper contains 12 different case studies and chapters on agroecology; other sustainable farming methods;  agroecology and resilience to climatic changes; evidence of the food security potential of agroecological systems; the scaling up of agroecological innovations, with challenges and opportunities; the approaches that can be used for scaling up agroecology ; conclusions and way forward.
Author EAA, Edited by Peter Prove, Sara Speicher
Contributor Ecumenical Advocacy Alliance
Year Published 2012
Type of Initiative Case Studies, Paper
Country BANGLADESH, INDIA, PHILIPPINES, SRI LANKA
Country Zimbabwe
Country BRAZIL, PERU
Link http://tinyurl.com/EAAagroecology2012

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The Real Green Revolution: Organic and Agroecological farming in the South

Content This report highlights some of the opportunities and challenges of establishing an organic farming movement that “can increase food security, reduce poverty and protect environmental resources” in the Southern hemisphere. Even though the report asserts that government policies are still needed to encourage the extension of organic farming, several positive trends are identified through a number of worldwide case studies.
Author Nicholas Parrott, Terry Marsden
Contributor Greenpeace
Year Published 2002
Type of Initiative Case Studies
Country INDIA, INDONESIA
Country BURKINA FASO, EGYPT, ETHIOPIA, MALI, TANZANIA
Country PERU
Link http://www.greenpeace.org/international/Global/international/planet-2/report/2002/1/the-real-green-revolution.pdf

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A Fundamentally Transformed Model for Global Agriculture to Prioritize Nutrition

Content Daniel Bornstein is a student at Dartmouth College interested in global food security. He has written columns on international development issues for PolicyMic.com, the Merrick Herald (Merrick, N.Y.), and College News Magazine. He was named a national semifinalist in the 2010 Intel Science Talent Search for his research on poplar’s viability as a biofuel—a potential alternative to the corn-based ethanol that drives up world food prices.
Author Daniel Bornstein
Contributor Worldwatch Institute
Year Published June 2012
Type of Initiative Article
Link http://blogs.worldwatch.org/nourishingtheplanet/a-fundamentally-transformed-model-for-global-agriculture-to-prioritize-nutrition/

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The Rwenzori Experience

Content Environment and Development Series No. 15.
This booklet is a portrait of a unique participatory learning project involving farming communities in the Rwenzori region of Western Uganda. The project brought rural households together in ‘Farmer Family Learning Groups’ (FFLGs) with the aim of enhancing community food security.
This booklet looks at the guiding principles behind the project, how it has worked in practice, the successes achieved and the challenges faced.
Author Aage Dissing and Inge Lis Dissing, By Mette Vaarst, Jane Nalunga, Thaddeo Tibasiima
Contributor Third World Network
Year Published 2012
Type of Initiative Case Studies
Country UGANDA
Link http://www.twnside.org.sg/title/end/pdf/end15.pdf

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Ecological Agriculture, Climate Resilience and a Roadmap to Get There

Content Environment and Development Series No. 14.
This paper looks at how ecological agriculture, by building healthy soils, cultivating biological diversity and improving water harvesting and management, can strengthen farmers’ capacity to adapt to climate change. Accordingly, the authors call for a reorientation of policy, funding and research priorities from the dominant industrial agriculture model to ecological agriculture.
Author Doreen Stabinsky and Lim Li Ching
Contributor Third World Network
Year Published 2012
Type of Initiative Article
Link http://www.twnside.org.sg/title/end/pdf/end14.pdf

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Agricultura Familiar Agroecológica Campesina en la Comunidad Andina

Content Las experiencias de producción familiar agroecológica en diferentes regiones del mundo han evidenciado que es una opción viable para promover la seguridad alimentaria y, al mismo tiempo, conservar la biodiversidad de nuestros países. En los países andinos, los pequeños productores junto con los
movimientos agroecológicos han cumplido un rol importante para la promoción y sostenimiento de este tipo de iniciativas, como una propuesta con potencial para atender la precaria situación prevaleciente en el campo. Con el propósito de difundir estas iniciativas agroecológicas en la Comunidad Andina, los gobiernos nacionales, junto con la Secretaría General de la CAN, ejecutaron el Proyecto “Promoción de la Agricultura Familiar Agroecológica Campesina en la Comunidad Andina”.  La presente publicación presenta un resumen de los principales resultados de este trabajo.
Author Secretaría General de la Comunidad Andina
Contributor Comunidad Andina
Year Published 2011
Type of Initiative Case Studies
Country BOLIVIA, COLOMBIA, ECUADOR, PERU
Link http://www.comunidadandina.org/public/revista_agroecologia.pdf

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Seeds of Freedom

Content A new 30-minute film produced by The Gaia Foundation and the Africa Biodiversity Network, in collaboration with MELCA Ethiopia, Navdanya International and GRAIN.
Narrated by actor Jeremy Irons, Seeds of Freedom is set to explode pervasive myths about agriculture, development and Africa’s ability to feed herself. At the heart of the film the story of seed and its transformation from the basis of farming communities’ agri-culture, to the property of agri-business.
Author
Contributor African Biodiversity Network, Gaia Foundation
Year Published 2012
Type of Initiative Multi-Media
Link http://seedsoffreedom.info/

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The Agro-ecological Village Development Model: Experiences in the Philippines and China

Content An agro-ecological approach to rural development in the Philippines and China, devloped by Resource Efficient Agricultural Production Canada (REAP-Canada).
Author Claudia Ho Lem, Roger Samson
Contributor REAP-Canada
Type of Initiative Case Studies
Country CHINA, PHILIPPINES
Link http://www.reap-canada.com/online_library/IntDev/3%20AEV%20Development%20.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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Planning an Urban Market Garden in Toronto, Canada

Content This case study outlines the plan for a 0.5 acre garden in downtown Toronto. This market garden was part of Field-To-Table’s Urban Agriculture initiative and will complement ongoing rooftop and sprout growing. The Urban Agriculture Initiative sells vegetables and sprouts to the Field-to-Table Good Food Box, an alternative distribution mechanism available to all Torontonians.
Author Jacinda Fairholm, Lauren Baker, Vera Top
Contributor agroecology.org
Type of Initiative Case Studies
Country CANADA
Link http://www.agroecology.org/Case%20Studies/urbanmarketgarden.html

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Organic farming: the successful story of Mr. Chidumula Nkhata

Content Growing maize with use of manure alone.
Author The Development Fund
Contributor Development Fund
Type of Initiative Case Studies
Country MALAWI
Link http://tinyurl.com/czpogxf

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Climate Resilient Agriculture: Experiences from Action Aid and its partners

Content It is based on the identification of the major risks and challenges local communities face, and/or are likely to face in the near future, and on the design and implementation of site-specific adaptation strategies aimed at reducing vulnerabilities and increasing the resilience of the smallholder production systems. SEE ALSO http://www.actionaid.org/publications
Author Action Aid
Contributor ActionAid
Type of Initiative Case Studies
Country CAMBODIA, NEPAL
Country KENYA, SENEGAL, SOUTH AFRICA
Country BRAZIL
Link http://tinyurl.com/8nrpcqs

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Sweet and sour delight: Value addition in citrus

Content Creating economic incentives is an effective way for conserving agrobiodiversity. Establishing market linkages and adding value through processing of locally available crops can provide such incentives for conservation through use, as is happening in Ghanteshwor village development committee (VDC) of Doti district in far western Nepal.
Author Local Initiatives for Biodiversity, Research and Development
Contributor LIBRD
Type of Initiative Case Studies
Country NEPAL
Link http://www.cbmsouthasia.net/2011/08/29/sweet-and-sour-delight-value-addition-in-citrys/

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Pathways to resilience

Content A document looking at the key elements of a resilient agricultural system.
Author USC Canada
Contributor USC Canada
Type of Initiative Case Studies
Country NIGERIA, ZAMBIA
Country HONDURAS
Link http://usc-canada.org/UserFiles/File/Pathways-to-Resilience.pdf

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What we need is 40 acres and a mule

Content The case of Brent, a urban famer. The urban agriculture movement, sweeping across urban areas, from West Oakland to Detroit, Milwaukee and Chicago to the Bronx and beyond, is a call to reclaim post-industrial abandoned lots, under-serviced public parks and vacant lots to grow fresh food for the people. The movement is often called “food justice” , representing the idea that healthy food for our people is a human right, not a privilege.
Author Brent Walker
Contributor Food First
Type of Initiative Case Studies
Country UNITED STATES
Link http://www.foodfirst.org/en/urban+farming

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Escaping the Hunger Cycle. Pathways to Resilience in the Sahel

Content Interesting experience of Famers Managed Natural Regeneration (FMNR) as transition to ecological farming, particularly in the Sahel. The network “Africa Regreening Initiative” is actively developing innovative ways to scale out this approach and other agreoecological techniques, across the Sahel and beyond.
Author Peter Gubbels
Contributor Groundswell International
Type of Initiative Case Studies
Link http://www.groundswellinternational.org/wp-content/uploads/Pathways-to-Resilience-in-the-Sahel.pdf

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Agroecology and the struggles for food sovereignity in the Americas

Content This publication originated at an international workshop held at the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies in New Haven, USA, April 15-17, 2004. It was published jointly, in Spanish and English, by the International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED), the IUCN Commission on Environmental, Economic and Social Policy (CEESP) and the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies (Yale F&ES).
Author Avery Cohn, Corrina Steward, Jonathan Cook, Margarita Fernández, Rebecca Reider
Contributor International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED)
Type of Initiative Case Studies
Link http://pubs.iied.org/pdfs/14506IIED.pdf

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Rice Transplanting in the Tai Lake Region of China

Content Farmers transplant paddy rice to increase the growing period for winter crops and reduce irrigation.
Author Erle Ellis
Contributor agroecology.org
Type of Initiative Case Studies
Country CHINA
Link http://www.agroecology.org/Case%20Studies/ricetransplanting.html

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Using Human Manure (“nightsoil”) in the Tai Lake Region of China

Content China’s farmers use human manure and urine, also known as “nightsoil”, for fertilizer.
Author Erle Ellis
Contributor agroecology.org
Type of Initiative Case Studies
Country CHINA
Link http://www.agroecology.org/Case%20Studies/nightsoil.html

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“Oufei” Wet composting in the Thai Lake Region of China

Content Traditional farmers make an anaerobic compost called “oufei” using canal sediments, legume green manures, crop residues and animal manures as a fertilizer for rice.
Author Erle Ellis
Contributor agroecology.org
Type of Initiative Case Studies
Country CHINA
Link http://www.agroecology.org/Case%20Studies/oufei.html

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Watermelon Cover Cropping with Wheat and Barley in Niigata, Japan

Content Wheat and barley were introduced into watermelon production systems to control weeds and save labor in Japan.
Author Hajime Araki, Niigata University
Contributor agroecology.org
Type of Initiative Case Studies
Country JAPAN
Link http://www.agroecology.org/Case%20Studies/watermelon.html

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Farmers’ Varieties and Agricultural Sustainability in Kaski, Nepal

Content Single households in Kaski, Nepal often maintain as many as 20 farmers’ varieties (landraces) of a single crop. This study demonstrates methods for documenting the cultural, medicinal value and use values of farmers’ varieties.
Author LI-BIRD, Puspa Raj Tiwari
Contributor agroecology.org
Type of Initiative Case Studies
Country NEPAL
Link http://www.agroecology.org/Case%20Studies/Kaski.html

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Role of Green Manure Crops in Lowland Rice Based Farming System of Northern Thailand

Content Use of green manure to improve overall system productivity of rice-soybean production system.
Author Budsara Limnirankul, Chiang Mai University, Multiple Cropping Center
Contributor agroecology.org
Type of Initiative Case Studies
Country THAILAND
Link http://www.agroecology.org/Case%20Studies/greenmanure.html

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Preserving and Increasing Agriculture Biodiversity: In-situ Conservation of Upland Rice in Krong No, Daklak, Viet Nam

Content The people of Krong No, Daklak, Viet Nam are Mountain ethnic groups, whose livelihood is based on shifting cultivation. They have very diverse crop systems that include upland rice. The research focus is species conservation and improving diversity in order to preserve agricultural biodiversity on the farm and alleviate hunger and poverty.
Author Ariane de Bremond, Devra Jarvis, Pham Van Hien
Contributor agroecology.org
Type of Initiative Case Studies
Country VIET NAM
Link http://www.agroecology.org/Case%20Studies/Daklak.html

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Food and Health Education in Northeastern Brazil

Content Educating people on nutritional and health issues promotes interest in growing home gardens and improves the quality of life in the community.
Author Elena Giachetti
Contributor agroecology.org
Type of Initiative Case Studies
Country BRAZIL
Link http://www.agroecology.org/Case%20Studies/education.html

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Agroforestry systems managed using natural succession in South of Bahia, Brazil.

Content Agroforestry systems managed using natural succession were tested as a strategy for improving degraded soils and as a sustainable production system in the Rainforest Region, South of Bahia, Brazil.
Author Fabiana Mongeli Peneireiro
Contributor agroecology.org
Type of Initiative Case Studies
Country BRAZIL
Link http://www.agroecology.org/Case%20Studies/agroforestrysuccession.html

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Agroforestry islands for enhancing connectivity among forest fragments in Sao Paulo, Brazil

Content Agroforestry in small settler farms in a very deforested landscape can enhance biological connectivity and gene flow among forest fragments. From the project “Biodiversity islands as corridors for restoration of the fragmented landscape of Pontal do Paranapanema, Sao Paulo, Brazil”, by IPE (Institute of Environmental Projects and Research – NGO) , USP (University of Sao Paulo), IF (Forestry Institute), MST (Landless Workers Movement) and COCAMP (Farmers Cooperative). 1999.
Author Flavio Bertin Gandara
Contributor agroecology.org
Type of Initiative Case Studies
Country BRAZIL
Link http://www.agroecology.org/Case%20Studies/agroforestryislands.html

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Shade Coffee in Southeastern Brazil

Content Intercropping trees into coffee plantings increases biodiversity, lowers costs and provides natural nutrients for the coffee plant.
Author Chris Bley, Rodrigo Matta-Machado
Contributor agroecology.org
Type of Initiative Case Studies
Country BRAZIL
Link http://www.agroecology.org/Case%20Studies/coffee.html

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Seeking to Promote Agroecology in Communities of Small Landholders in Paragominas, Brazil

Content This case study explores the potential for establishing agroecological principles in one community of small landholders.
Author Carolina Balazas
Contributor agroecology.org
Type of Initiative Case Studies
Country BRAZIL
Link http://www.agroecology.org/Case%20Studies/Paragominas.html

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Soil and Water Management Techniques for Plant Resources Conservation in the Northern Burkina Faso

Content Agriculture in the Sahelian zone is essentially rainfed. Due to frequent droughts and land degradation, it is more and more difficult for crops to have enough water during their growing period. Farmers of this region have developed several soil and water management techniques…
Author Leopold Some
Contributor agroecology.org
Type of Initiative Case Studies
Country BURKINA FASO
Link http://www.agroecology.org/Case%20Studies/Burkina_Faso.html

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Greening the City Rooftops in Toronto, Canada

Content Creative use of urban roof space can improve local environments and produce commercial organic crops.
Author Annex Organics, Tracey Lue
Contributor agroecology.org
Type of Initiative Case Studies
Country CANADA
Link http://www.agroecology.org/Case%20Studies/rooftops.html

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Community Development with the Bribri of Costa Rica

Content Human resources are developed within Bribri indigenous communities using a participatory research approach based on traditional agricultural systems.
Author Neil Whatley
Contributor agroecology.org
Type of Initiative Case Studies
Country COSTA RICA
Link

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From a conventional agriculture system to a system of self sustaining management practices: the case of Cuba

Content The incentive which determined the economic policy of Cuba that has resulted in new management practices for agriculture has been based on the necessity to reduce the coefficients of imported chemical inputs. This study was conducted in Cuba from 1999-2000, working with 3 CPAs (Cooperativas de Produccion Agropecuarias), all linked closely to the state. The study results observed a reduction in chemical input quantity for some crops as well as technological changes.
Author Giovanni Galanti
Contributor agroecology.org
Type of Initiative Case Studies
Country CUBA
Link http://www.agroecology.org/Case%20Studies/Cuba.html

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The Campesino-to-Campesino agroecology movement of ANAP in Cuba: social process methodology in the construction of sustainable peasant agriculture and food sovereignty

Content The Cuban experience demonstrates that we can feed a population well with a small- or medium-sized farm model based on appropriate ecological technology, and in doing so we can become more self-reliant in food production.
Author Adilén María Roque Jaime, Braulio Machín Sosa, Dana Rocío Ávila Lozano, Peter Michael Rosset
Contributor Journal of Peasant Studies
Type of Initiative Article, Case Studies
Country PHILIPPINES
Country CUBA
Country BRAZIL
Link http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/03066150.2010.538584

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Production of Organic Tomato in the Dry Zone of the Loja Province

Content Improve the structure of soils, to document the advantage of water that is deep in the soil, to limit the use of pesticides. In the future it is possible to diversify the agroecosystems.
Author Rodrigo Alexander, Solano Bayancela
Contributor agroecology.org
Type of Initiative Case Studies
Country ECUADOR
Link http://www.agroecology.org/Case%20Studies/Loja.html

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Farmers’ Selection, Environmental Variation and Sorghum Genetic Diversity in Ethiopia

Content Farmers’ knowledge is critical for conserving and using genetic diversity of farmers’ varieties (landraces) of sorghum in Ethiopia.
Author Awegechew Teshome, IPGRI
Contributor agroecology.org
Type of Initiative Case Studies
Country ETHIOPIA
Link http://www.agroecology.org/Case%20Studies/sorghum.html

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Designing and Disseminating Ecological Production Systems for Perennials: Organic Olive Production in Crete

Content Olive production is a major crop in the Mediterranean region. Organic olive production offers agroecological and socioeconomic advantages. A prototyping design methodology was used to design, introduce, test and disseminate ecological olive production systems
Author E. Kabourakis, NAGREF
Contributor agroecology.org
Type of Initiative Case Studies
Country GREECE
Link http://www.agroecology.org/Case%20Studies/Crete.html

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Biological Control of Lygus rugulipennis in Italy

Content Use a technique with a low level of environmental impact for the management of Lygus rugulipennis, a very harmful pest for many crops, especially lettuce, in Italy.
Author Gianumberto Accinelli
Contributor agroecology.org
Type of Initiative Case Studies
Country ITALY
Link http://www.agroecology.org/Case%20Studies/Lygus.html

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Interaction between Agricultural and Natural Systems in the Mediterranean Landscape of Apulia, Italy

Content This study has developed a comprehensive framework that incorporates landscape ecological principles and GIS analysis in the planning and design of more sustainable agricultural systems in the Mediterranean landscape of Apulia (Southern Italy)
Author Raffaele Lafortezza
Contributor agroecology.org
Type of Initiative Case Studies
Country ITALY
Link http://www.agroecology.org/Case%20Studies/Apulia.html

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Nematodes in the “Tierra Estella” zone of Navarra, Spain

Content The object of this study is to see the presence of nematodes in the soils of the areas of Ayegui, Muniain de la Solana, Sesma, Sartaguda and Andosilla.
Author Carmelo Perez
Contributor agroecology.org
Type of Initiative Case Studies
Country SPAIN
Link http://www.agroecology.org/Case%20Studies/nematodes.html

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Gender and Alfalfa Improvement in the Oasis Area, Ziz Valley, Morocco

Content Sheep production in the Oasis Area of Morocco’s Ziz Valley is limited by alfalfa forage productivity. As women manage most alfalfa, improvement demands the participation of women farmers in the research and development process
Author Abdelaziz Bouizgaren, INRA Maroc
Contributor agroecology.org
Type of Initiative Case Studies
Country MOROCCO
Link http://www.agroecology.org/Case%20Studies/alfalfa.html

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Ecological Principles of Vineyard Vegetation Management on California’s Northern Coast

Content Vegetation cover in vineyards can be used to manage soil structure, organic matter, hydrology, erosion, nutrient dynamics, diseases and insect pests, while conserving wild plant species and biodiversity.
Author Valerie Eviner
Contributor agroecology.org
Type of Initiative Case Studies
Country UNITED STATES
Link http://www.agroecology.org/Case%20Studies/vineyards.html

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Seattle Tilth, Urban Agroecology in Western Washington, USA

Content Through Seattle Tilth, urban dwellers support principles of agroecology by learning about organic gardening, composting, and community building.
Author Sylvia Kantor
Contributor agroecology.org
Type of Initiative Case Studies
Country UNITED STATES
Link http://www.agroecology.org/Case%20Studies/SeattleTilth.html

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Biological Weed Management of Leafy Spurge, Montana, USA

Content Using flea beetles and sheep grazing, ranchers can manage the perennial rangeland weed leafy spurge (Euphorbia esula L.), while reducing herbicide usage, controlling costs, and restoring grasslands for cattle grazing and wildlife.
Author Geoffrey Mason, N-Bar Ranch
Contributor agroecology.org
Type of Initiative Case Studies
Country UNITED STATES
Link http://www.agroecology.org/Case%20Studies/leafyspurge.html

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United Indian Health Village – Ecosystem and Community Restoration in Arcata, California, USA

Content The United Indian Health Village is an integrated landscape and health clinic, designed to restore native plants, wetlands, and garden food production to the landscape and to nurture the health of the region’s Native American population.
Author Susan Ornelas
Contributor agroecology.org
Type of Initiative Case Studies
Country UNITED STATES
Link http://www.agroecology.org/Case%20Studies/UIHV.html

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Community Supported Agriculture in Santa Cruz, California, USA

Content Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) provides locally grown organic farm products to the community of Santa Cruz, California.
Author Chris Bley
Contributor agroecology.org
Type of Initiative Case Studies
Country UNITED STATES
Link http://www.agroecology.org/Case%20Studies/CSA.html

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Agroecology and Advocacy: Innovations in Asia

Content The Asian Farmers’ Association for Sustainable Development and the Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy have produced a new report documenting successful approaches in three countries: Cambodia, Philippines, Indonesia. The three case studies presented in this report represent successful approaches, both in terms of the techniques they have applied, and because of the active involvement of farmers’ organizations in changing the policies needed to ensure their success.
Author Asian Farmers’ Association, Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy
Contributor Asian Farmers’ Association, Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy (IATP)
Type of Initiative Case Studies
Country CAMBODIA, INDONESIA, PHILIPPINES
Link http://tinyurl.com/cbrnskl

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Highlights on Scaling Up of the IBS Program in DRC

Content The Integrated Bioeconomy System (IBS) as developed and practiced by Bioeconomy Africa is a process of farmer training based on sound ecological principles which, through minimal external inputs, results in dramatically increased farm yields. It was initiated in Ethiopia. Currently over forty thousand model farmers from various parts of Africa have been trained.
Author Bioeconomy Africa
Contributor Bioeconomy Africa
Type of Initiative Case Studies
Link http://tinyurl.com/cweutpx

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Agriculture of the Hor/Arbore

Content This paper describes factors that drive the sustainability of Hor/Arbore.
Author Wolde Gossa Tadesse
Contributor Christensen Fund
Type of Initiative Case Studies
Country ETHIOPIA
Link

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Biogas Plant for Smallholder Farmers in Ethiopia Showcased by Award-Winning Team for Sustainable Development

Content The report shows that Biogas plants provide an alternative form of safer, cleaner energy to homes as well as organic compost to farms. The first data from field studies are showing improvements in crop yields equivalent in most cases, to chemical fertilizers.
Author Fentaw Ejigu, Hailu Araya, Sue Edwards
Contributor Institute for Sustainable Development
Type of Initiative Case Studies
Country ETHIOPIA
Link http://www.i-sis.org.uk/Biogas_Plant_or_Smallholder_Farmers_in_Ethiopia.php

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Livestock and climate change

Content This briefing examines livestock production in the context of climate change mitigation and analyses how farming solutions to environmental challenges can be both ustainable and humane.
Author World Society for the Protection of Animals
Contributor World Society for the Protection of Animals
Type of Initiative Case Studies
Link http://www.wspa-international.org/Images/Policy%20doc%20-%20Why%20livestock-Final%20-%20EN%20-A4-lowres_tcm25-24697.pdf

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Case study Honduras

Content This case study highlights the work of farmers in Yoro and Otoro regions of Honduras, supported by USC partner FIPAH (Foundation for Participatory Research with Honduran Farmers). Farmers organize community-based agricultural research teams (called CIALs), to diversify their plant genetic resources and to develop hardier plant varieties that grow well on their soils.
Author USC Canada
Contributor USC Canada
Type of Initiative Case Studies
Country HONDURAS
Link http://usc-canada.org/UserFiles/File/Pathways-Case01-Honduras.pdf

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Sustentabilidad y campesinado : seis experiencias agroecológicas en Latinoamérica

Content In Latin America agroecology has been transformed into the fundamental scientific base for the development of farming systems that conserve natural resources, increase security and, at the same time, the social and cultural empowerment of farmers. One of the key challenges in promoting rural development alternatives is to evaluate whether these strategies actually move their communities towards sustainability.
Author Astier M, Hollands J, Mundi-Prensa Mexico
Contributor ILEIA
Type of Initiative Case Studies
Link http://www.agriculturesnetwork.org/library/61530

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The agro-ecological revolution in Latin America: rescuing nature, ensuring food sovereignty and empowering peasants.

Content The agro-ecological revolution in Latin America: rescuing nature, ensuring food sovereignty and empowering peasants.
The Journal of Peasant Studies Vol. 38, No. 3, July 2011, 587ヨ612
Author July 2011, Miguel A. Altieri, No. 3, The Journal of Peasant Studies Vol. 38, Victor Manuel Toledo
Contributor Journal of Peasant Studies
Type of Initiative Case Studies
Link http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/03066150.2011.582947

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Malawi farmers and their successful stories

Content Development Fund brings to you some successful stories. Malawi farmers, from different districts, show us how to cope with farmers constrains and simply feed themselves and their communities in an sustainable way.
Author The Development Fund
Contributor Development Fund
Type of Initiative Case Studies
Country MALAWI
Link http://tinyurl.com/czhncbh

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Maize pit planting withstands challenges of climate change

Content Maize Pit Planting is a technology where maize is planted in pits. This technology brings good results in areas of low rainfall, dry spells or low moisture. In addition can easily be afforded by farmers and its is environemental friendly.
Author Development Fund
Contributor Development Fund
Type of Initiative Case Studies
Country MALAWI
Link http://tinyurl.com/d6p7xah

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Zapopano Maize Agrecosystem

Content In this agroecosystem, we will transition to sustainable agriculture.
Author MC Santiago Sanchez Preciado
Contributor agroecology.org
Type of Initiative Case Studies
Country MEXICO
Link http://www.agroecology.org/Case%20Studies/Zapopano_maize.html

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Establishment and Agronomic Productivity of Silvopastoral Systems with Pelibuey Sheep in Yucatan, Mexico

Content Generate scientific knowledge to allow for the use of leguminous trees into degraded grass pastures for a sustainable animal production in the North-Central region of Yucatan.
Author Jose G. Escobedo
Contributor agroecology.org
Type of Initiative Case Studies
Country MEXICO
Link http://www.agroecology.org/Case%20Studies/Pelibuey_sheep%20.html

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Agroecology is the way to go for Porteville Agroecological Small Farmers Association

Content These farmers started farming with pigs on a conventional model in 2006 and changed to Agroecology in 2009 as an alternative for small farmers to enhance their livelihoods.
Author
Contributor Surplus People Project
Type of Initiative Case Studies
Country SOUTH AFRICA
Link http://tinyurl.com/d9p2k27

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Garden of Hope: Agroecological learnig site adapting to Climate Change

Content Garden of Hope is an agro-ecological learning site in the Northern Cape province of South Africa.
Author
Contributor Surplus People Project
Type of Initiative Case Studies
Country SOUTH AFRICA
Link http://tinyurl.com/cfg2st8

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Women Adapting to Climate Change through indigenous knowledge and Practices

Content Katrina Kotze is part of the Melkkraal community in the Hantam Karoo Region of the Northern Cape Province in South Africa. This community struggle with access to water and ownership of land.
Author
Contributor Surplus People Project
Year Published 2012
Type of Initiative Case Studies
Country SOUTH AFRICA
Link http://tinyurl.com/cac43jz

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Sri Lanka Analog Forestry

Content This report highlights the extent to which the small farmers were able to adapt to the impacts of climate change variations by establishing analog forests in their land holdings.
Author Development Fund
Contributor Development Fund
Year Published 2008
Type of Initiative Case Studies
Country SRI LANKA
Link http://tinyurl.com/c5oxypb

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Animal and Human Welfare are hand-in-hand. How animal welfare can boost jobs and livelihoods

Content This briefing outlines how livestock are an important contributor to food and explores how improvements to animal welfare can boost jobs and livelihoods.
Author World Society for the Protection of Animals
Contributor World Society for the Protection of Animals
Type of Initiative Case Studies
Link http://tinyurl.com/9sy3e3r

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Agroecology and why it is the solution to hunger and food security

Content Miguel Altieri talks about the problems of the dominant, industrial-chemical agricultural system and the importance of small scale, agroecological farming as an alternative to meet the needs of food security and protect the environment.
Author Miguel Altieri, Transnational Institute
Contributor Transnational Institute
Type of Initiative Multi-Media
Link http://www.tni.org/multimedia/miguel-altieri-agroecology-and-why-it-solution-hunger-and-food-security

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What is agroecological farming? And why should it be upscaled?

Content Olivier explains the principles of agroecology and why it is so important for transitioning away from fossil fuel technologies which dominate the industrial food system at present. In practice small scale, locally independent models are best for implementing it. However, if governments support the adoption and spread of agroecological principles it can be scaled up to meet the needs of food security around the world.
Author Olivier De Schutter
Contributor Transnational Institute
Type of Initiative Multi-Media
Link http://www.tni.org/multimedia/olivier-de-schutter-what-agroecological-farming-and-why-should-it-be-upscaled

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We will not wait for government

Content Concerning how African branch of La Via Campesina (LVC) pledges to build food sovereignty from below by promoting agroecology in the region of Southern, Eastern and Central Africa.
Author Food First, La Via Campesina
Contributor Food First
Type of Initiative Case Studies
Link http://www.foodfirst.org/en/African+agroecology

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What Cuba can teach us about food and climate change

Content After the Cold War, Cuba faced many of the agricultural challenges that the rest of the world is now anticipating.With no fertilizer, pesticide, or herbicide, and no means to import substitute chemicals, its community landed on “agro-ecology.”
Author Raj Patel
Contributor Future Tense – Slate Magazine
Type of Initiative Article, Case Studies
Country CUBA
Link http://tinyurl.com/7hctldb

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Food Voices: Stories of the Food Sovereignty Movement

Content Voices from over 80 farmers and fisherfolks from US, Brazil, Ecuador, Venezuela and Haiti about what food sovereignty means to them and how they are pursuing it or obstacles they face when pursuing it.  
Author Andrianna Natsoulas
Contributor Foodvoices.org
Type of Initiative Case Studies
Country HAITI, UNITED STATES
Country BRAZIL, ECUADOR, VENEZUELA
Link http://www.foodvoices.org/interview.html

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Without women there is no food sovereignty

Content This article analyzes the impact of agro-industrial policies on women and the key role that peasant women in the Global North and South play in the production and distribution of food. It analyzes how the dominant agricultural model can incorporate a feminist perspective and how the social movements that work towards food sovereignty can incorporate a feminist perspective.
Author Esther Vivas
Contributor Climateandcapitalism.com
Type of Initiative Article
Link http://tinyurl.com/ck8jxa9

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Sharing Power. A global guide to collaborative management of natural resources

Content The collaborative or ‘co-management’ of natural resources – whether between states and local communities or amongst and within communities themselves – is a process of collective understanding and actions by local communities and other social actors. The process brings about negotiated agreements on management roles, rights and responsibilities, making explicit the conditions and institutions of sound decentralized governance. At heart, co-management is about sharing power.
Author Ashish Kothari, Grazia Borrini-Feyerabend, M. Taghi Farvar, Michel Pimbert, Yves Renard
Contributor International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED)
Type of Initiative Guide, Manual
Link http://pubs.iied.org/14557IIED.html

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Agroecologìa. Teoría y práctica para una agricultura sustentable

Content Con la colaboración de Clara Inés Nicholls, este texto recopila y sistematiza estudios y publicaciones recientes de Miguel Altieri, pionero en este nuevo campo del conocimiento y promotor de las prácticas de la agroecología.
Author Clara I. Nicholls, Miguel Altieri
Contributor Programa de las Naciones Unidas para el Medio Ambiente (PNUMA)
Type of Initiative Case Studies
Link http://www.agroeco.org/socla/pdfs/altieri-libroagroecologia.pdf

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Agroecologìa. Bases científicas para una agricultura sustentable

Content Esta segunda edición incorpora nuevas percepciones y conceptos con la esperanza de ayudar a guiar a estudiantes de agricultura, investigadores y agricultores hacia una comprensión más profunda de la ecología de los sistemas agrícolas, lo cual abri-rá las puertas a nuevas opciones en el manejo, mas de acuerdo con los objetivos de una agricultura verdaderamente sustentable.
Author Miguel Altieri
Contributor Nordan–Comunidad
Type of Initiative Case Studies
Link http://www.agroeco.org/socla/pdfs/Agroecologia.pdf

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Building Sustainable Farms, Ranches and Communities

Content This guide is written for anyone seeking help from federal programs to foster sustainable and innovative initiatives in this country associated with agriculture and forestry.
Author Katie Wied, Margaret Krome, Teresa Maurer
Contributor Michael Fields Agricultural Institute, National Center for Appropriate Technology (NCAT), U.S. Department of Agriculture
Type of Initiative Guide, Manual
Country UNITED STATES
Link http://www.michaelfields.org/wp-content/uploads/2012/01/building_sustainable_publication.pdf

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Open-ended Cases in Agroecology: Farming and Food Systems in the Nordic Region and the US Midwest

Content Our aim is to describe open-ended case studies for learning real-life problem solving skills, and relate this approach to conventional, closed-ended decision case studies. Teaching methods are open-ended cases in agroecology, an alternative to traditional strategies that lead students through prepared materials and structured discussions to determine an outcome already known to the instructor.
Author C. Francis et al
Contributor Journal of Agricultural Education and Extension
Type of Initiative Case Studies
Country UNITED STATES
Link http://tinyurl.com/7zqxjrd

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Escuelas de Agroecologia en Colombia

Content

El informe recoge los principales hallazgos de una caracterización de algunas de las más importantes experiencias populares de formación en Agroecología existentes en Colombia.

Author El estudio es parte de una consultoría realizada para ECOFONDO entre Febrero y Junio de 2011, para conformar un programa de ESCUELA NACIONAL AMBIENTAL
Contributor Fundaexpresion
Type of Initiative Training Initiatives
Country COLOMBIA
Link http://tinyurl.com/7edb95j

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Chain of Solidarity and Support Actions for Sustainable Development -CHASSAADD Annual report

Content It promotes a continued research with/on rural communities to enable them to offer solutions tailored to their needs and aspirations and support their efforts in achieving concrete actions that take into account their potential, to allow them a higher standard of living in their own environment. One of the purposes is the contribution to increased productivity and hence production to satisfy local demand and external markets, agro products and creating sustainable jobs in rural areas through the training and preparation.
Author
Contributor PROPAC
Type of Initiative Training Initiatives
Country CAMEROON
Link http://tinyurl.com/7pu9f6z

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Declaration of Sashe

Content From the 1st encounter of the agroecology trainers in the African region. 47 people from 22 organizations in 18 countries (Zimbabwe, Mozambique, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Rwanda, Angola, Uganda, Tanzania, Kenya, Zambia, South Africa, Central African Republic, Brazil, Mexico, Indonesia, Portugal, USA, France, and Germany). They met at the Shashe Endogenous Development Training Centre in Masvingo Province, Zimbabwe to plan how to promote agroecology in Southern, Eastern & Central Africa.
Author La Via Campesina
Contributor La Via Campesina
Type of Initiative Training Initiatives
Link

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Agrotóxicos no Brasil – um guia para ação em defesa da vida

Content This book provides the reader with information to combat the growing use of pesticides in Brazil in recent years. It informs the reader on legislation, on programs to monitor residues in food, on how to identify, control, report and prevent cases of poisoning, and on toxicology review processes of pesticides permitted in Brazil.
Author Articulacão Nacional de Agroecologia (ANA), Flavia Londres, Rede Brasileira de Justiça Ambiental (RBJA)
Contributor Agriculturesnetwork.org, ILEIA
Type of Initiative Case Studies
Country BRAZIL
Link http://tinyurl.com/6pllp75

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Revista de Economía Crítica n.10

Content Special issue on Agroecology and food crisis / Numero especial sobre agroecologia y crisis alimentaria
Author various
Contributor agroecology.org
Type of Initiative Case Studies
Link http://www.agroeco.org/socla/pdfs/Revista_Economia_Critica_10.pdf

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La revolucion ecologica en America Latina

Content En este documento se muestra el potencial de la agroecología para promover cambios sociales y agrarios trascendentes encaminados a la sustentabilidad a partir de proyectos, iniciativas y movimientos de inspiración agroecológica en Brasil, la region Andina, México, Centroamérica y Cuba. Estos cambios abren nuevos derroteros politicos para las sociedades agrarias de Latinoamérica y conforman una alternativa totalmente opuesta a las políticas neoliberales basadas en la agroindustria y en las roexportaciones.
Author Miguel Altieri, Victor Manuel Toledo
Contributor Sociedad Cientifica LatinoAmericana de Agroecologia (SOCLA)
Type of Initiative Case Studies
Link http://tinyurl.com/cfgdquu

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Introduccion a la agroecologia

Content
Author Manuel Gonzalez de Molina
Contributor Sociedad Espanola de Agricultura Ecologica (SEAE)
Type of Initiative Case Studies
Link http://tinyurl.com/9sy3e3r

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Organic Agriculture and Food Security in Africa

Content This paper examines the relationship between organic agriculture and food security in Africa, analysing organic agriculture’s impact on food availability as well as natural, social, human, physical and financial capital in the region. Given the paper’s origins, special attention has been given to East Africa throughout the paper, including analysis of 15 case studies. The conclusions and findings are, however, relevant for all African countries as well as many other developing countries around the world.
Author UNCTAD, UNEP
Contributor UNCTAD, UNEP
Type of Initiative Case Studies
Link http://www.unctad.org/en/docs/ditcted200715_en.pdf

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Using Small-Scale Adaptation Actions to Address the Food Crisis in the Horn of Africa: Going beyond Food Aid and Cash Transfers

Content Building resilience while adapting for climate change in the Horn of Africa.
Author CC Dare, Johnson N. Nkem, Richard Munang, UNDP, UNEP
Contributor Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy (IATP), Sustainability
Type of Initiative Article, Case Studies
Country DJIBOUTI, ETHIOPIA, KENYA, SOMALIA, UGANDA
Link http://iatp.org/files/smallscaleadaptation.pdf

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Agricultural Sustainability

Content This paper was produced by the Agriculture and Natural Resources Team of the UK Department for International Development (DFID) in collaboration with Jules Pretty of the Department of Biological Sciences, University of Essex, UK.
Author Agriculture and Natural Resources Team – UK Department for International Development (DFID), Department of Biological Sciences, Jules Pretty, University of Essex
Contributor Department for International Development (DFID)
Type of Initiative Paper
Link http://dfid-agriculture-consultation.nri.org/summaries/wp12.pdf

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Sustainable Agricultural Practices and Agricultural Productivity in Ethiopia: Does Agroecology Matter?

Content This paper investigates the impact of sustainable agricultural practices on crop productivity, with a particular focus on reduced tillage. Specifically, the report investigate whether reduced tillage results in more or less productivity gain than chemical fertilizer. Results support encouraging resource-constrained farmers in semi-arid areas to adopt sustainable agricultural practices, especially since they enable farmers to reduce production costs, provide environmental benefits, and—as our results confirm—enhance crop productivity.
Author Gunnar Köhlin, John Pender, Menale Kassie, Precious Zikhali
Contributor Environment for Development
Type of Initiative Case Studies
Country ETHIOPIA
Link http://www.efdinitiative.org/research/publications/publications-repository/sustainable-agricultural-practices-and-agricultural-productivity-in-ethiopia-does-agroecology-matter-1

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Sustainable intensification in African Agriculture

Content These projects of sustainable intensification drawn from across Africa show that if there is a political and economic domestic recognition that ‘agriculture matters’, then food outputs can be increased not only without harm to the environment but also in many cases to increase the flow of beneficial environmental services.
Author Camilla Toulmin, Jules Pretty, Stella Williams
Contributor International Journal of Agricultural Sustainability
Type of Initiative Case Studies
Link http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/pdf/10.3763/ijas.2010.0583

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The farming system trial. Celebrating 30 years

Content After 30 years of side-by-side research in our Farming Systems Trial (FST), in this publication the Rodale Institute has dimonstrated that organic farming is better equipped to feed us well into ever changing future.
Author Rodale Institute
Contributor Rodale Institute
Type of Initiative Case Studies
Link http://www.rodaleinstitute.org/files/FSTbookletFINAL.pdf

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Farming models to sustain the world

Content Article on sustainable model being adopted in Andhra Pradesh on a big scale.
Author Devinder Sharma
Contributor Zcommunications.org
Type of Initiative Article
Country INDIA
Link http://www.zcommunications.org/a-farming-model-to-sustain-the-world-by-devinder-sharma

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The process of Agroecology Transition – A case study from Southern Brazil

Content A participatory case study together with the Non Governmental Organization (NGO) Cetap (Centro de Tecnologias Alternativas Populares) in Brazil and farmers with the objective to describe and evaluate the process of agroecological transition with the aim of improving it. An important conclusion of the study is that agroecology is an approach and a process instead of a steady, defined state.
Author LIFE faculty, Swedish and Danish Horticultural program – Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU), Swedish and Danish Horticultural program – Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU) and the University of Copenhagen, Swedish and Danish Horticultural program at the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU) and the University of Copenhagen, University of Copenhagen, Weronika Swiergiel
Contributor Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, University of Copenhagen
Type of Initiative Case Studies
Country BRAZIL
Link http://tinyurl.com/cclwk67

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Agroecologas en la Academia

Content Resumen ponencia “Agroecólogas en la academia” presentada en la mesa Contribuciones de las mujeres al avance y consolidación de la Agroecología, que se realizó como parte de las actividades del Tercer Congreso Latinoamericano de Agroecología, el día 17 de agosto del año en curso, en Oaxtepec, Morelos.
Author Helda Morales
Contributor MAELA
Type of Initiative Case Studies
Link http://www.maela-agroecologia.org/debate-y-opinion/article/agroecologas-en-la-academia

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Leading scientists say agroecology is the only way to feed the world

Content Hans Herren, Ph.D. is an internationally recognized scientist specializing in sustainable agriculture. He is president of the Millennium Institute.
Author Ken Roseboro
Contributor The Organic & Non-GMO Report
Type of Initiative Case Studies
Link http://tinyurl.com/8rzoeag

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A conversation with Miguel Altieri

Content Berkeley’s Miguel Altieri, an associate professor of insect biology in the College of Natural Resources, has a world-wide reputation for his alternative solution: “agroecology,” or sustainable agriculture, which respects the knowledge of indigenous peoples, protects the environment, and promotes social equity.
Author Russell Schoch
Contributor Mindfully.org
Type of Initiative Article, Interview
Link http://www.mindfully.org/GE/GE2/Miguel-Altieri-Agroecology.htm

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Impact Analysis of Organic Farming in Rice Agroecosystems in the Philippines

Content Paper presented during the 1st RDA/ARNOA International Conference on Asian Organic Agriculture held at Suwon and Cheonan/Korea on November 12-15, 2002.
Author Teodoro C. Mendoza
Contributor
Type of Initiative Case Studies
Country PHILIPPINES
Link http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1300/J064v24n02_09

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Reducing food poverty by increasing agricultural sustainability in developing countries

Content
Author J.I.L Morison, J.N Pretty, R.E Hine
Contributor Agriculture, Ecosystems & Environment
Type of Initiative Case Studies
Link http://tinyurl.com/7vu9pjl

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MAELA 20 años

Content A video made in the occasion of 20 years celebration of Movimento Agroecologico de America Latina.
Author MAELA
Contributor MAELA
Type of Initiative Multi-Media
Link http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=acbmkZw19cY

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Cultivating a Forest of Diversity and Food

Content Video-clip in a series which documents an ongoing process of establishing community forest reserves and agroforestry farming systems as an alternative to mono-crops and climate change. Agroforestry No 3
Author Fundaexpresion
Contributor Fundaexpresion
Type of Initiative Multi-Media
Country COLOMBIA
Link http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DzYdaX2uYAE&list=UUzvk-1rGVtdlCdyi-qBvBdA&index=1&feature=plcp

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Living with Forests, Defending and Conserving

Content Video-clip in a series which documents an ongoing process of establishing community forest reserves and agroforestry farming systems as an alternative to mono-crops and climate change – Agroforestry No 1
Author Fundaexpresion
Contributor Fundaexpresion
Type of Initiative Multi-Media
Country COLOMBIA
Link http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h9h11T4rDWU&feature=relmfu

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En la variedad esta el placer

Content Video sobre experiencias de sistemas agroforestales y el proceso de reservas campesinas y comunitarias en Santander – Colombia. De la serie: Sistemas Agroforestales: viviendo con las selvas para su defensa y conservación.
Author Fundaexpresion
Contributor Fundaexpresion
Type of Initiative Multi-Media
Country COLOMBIA
Link http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bnHTqEsOPLk&list=UUzvk-1rGVtdlCdyi-qBvBdA&index=1&feature=plcp

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The color of food

Content The Color of Food aims to address the lack of voices from Asian, Black, Latino and Native American communities in the dialogue on healthy food and food justice.
Author The Color of Food
Contributor Food First
Type of Initiative Multi-Media
Link http://www.foodfirst.org/en/color-of-food

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Banking diversity

Content A short video looking at the value of seed banking and biodiversity conservation (on-farm), in Ethiopia.
Author USC Canada
Contributor USC Canada
Type of Initiative Multi-Media
Country ETHIOPIA
Link http://usc-canada.org/resources/audio-visual/bankingdiversity/

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Documentation capitalisation systematización: a compilation of methods and approaches

Content As part of ILEIA’s efforts to promote the documentation of field-based experiences, this booklet describes 18 different methods, including approaches such as participatory videos or story guides. It also presents the work of 18 projects and organisations, as online references.
Author Bertie van der Meij, Jorge Chavez-Tafur, Karen Hampson
Contributor ILEIA
Type of Initiative Case Studies
Link http://www.agriculturesnetwork.org/library/236570/at_download/libraryitem_file

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Beef Cattle Finishing and Narrow Strip Cropping System in Kansas, USA

Content Using strip cropping residues and cover crops, cattle can be finished for slaughter, reducing supplemental feed requirements while increasing soil nitrogen fertility.
Author Chris Bley, Organic Farming and Research Foundation
Contributor agroecology.org
Type of Initiative Case Studies
Country UNITED STATES
Link http://www.agroecology.org/Case%20Studies/beef.html

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Using Weed Borders to Manage Insect Pests in California Cauliflower Fields

Content Weed borders are used in an agroecosystem to attract insects, facilitating colonization in the adjacent cauliflower crop.
Author Chris Bley, Steve Gliessman
Contributor agroecology.org
Type of Initiative Case Studies
Country UNITED STATES
Link http://www.agroecology.org/Case%20Studies/weedborers.html

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Soil Ecology of Grape Phylloxera and the Potential for Biological Control

Content Soils in California organic vineyards contain clues to the biocontrol of grape phylloxera, an aphid-like insect that is potentially the most serious grape pest in the world.
Author Chris Bley, Organic Farming and Research Foundation
Contributor agroecology.org
Type of Initiative Case Studies
Country UNITED STATES
Link http://www.agroecology.org/Case%20Studies/phylloxera.html

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Pre-Hispanic Raised Field Systems in the Quintana Roo, Mexico

Content Remnants of ancient canals and raised beds in the lowlands of Quintana Roo, Mexico demonstrate techniques of wetland farming that were sustained for more than 1000 years.
Author Chris Bley, Steve Gliessman
Contributor agroecology.org
Type of Initiative Case Studies
Country MEXICO
Link http://www.agroecology.org/Case%20Studies/raised_fields.html

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Mustard Cover Crops in Apple Orchards in California, USA

Content Wild mustard covercrops can control weeds and improve nitrogen cycling in apple orchards.
Author Chris Bley, Steve Gliessman
Contributor agroecology.org
Type of Initiative Case Studies
Country UNITED STATES
Link http://www.agroecology.org/Case%20Studies/mustard.html

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Cover-Cropping with Rye and Bellbeans in California Vegetable Production

Content Mixed cover cropping with Rye and Bellbeans benefits agroecosystems by interspecies interactions.
Author Chris Bley, Steve Gliessman
Contributor agroecology.org
Type of Initiative Case Studies
Country UNITED STATES
Link

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Broccoli/Lettuce Intercropping in California, USA

Content Mixing broccoli and lettuce in an intercrop creates complementary patterns of resource use.
Author Chris Bley, Steve Gliessman
Contributor agroecology.org
Type of Initiative Case Studies
Country UNITED STATES
Link http://www.agroecology.org/Case%20Studies/broccoli_intercrop.html

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Biological Control with Beneficial Insectary Plantings

Content Introducing flowering plants into agroecosystems increases pollen and nectar resources that stimulate populations of the natural enemies of insect pests.
Author Chris Bley, Organic Farming and Research Foundation
Contributor agroecology.org
Type of Initiative Case Studies
Country UNITED STATES
Link http://www.agroecology.org/Case%20Studies/biocontrol.html

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Cajete Terracing Systems in Tlaxcala, Mexico

Content The Cajete terrace system of collecting water and reducing soil erosion has been in use since pre-Hispanic times (1000 B.C.). Particularly important in present agriculture practices where people must grow their food on steep, erosion prone slopes.
Author Chris Bley, Steve Gliessman
Contributor agroecology.org
Type of Initiative Case Studies
Country MEXICO
Link http://www.agroecology.org/Case%20Studies/cajete.html

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Loon Organics

Content This case study describes how the husband-and-wife team became interested in farming, how they got their training, and how they transitioned from farming on land rented from mentors to buying their own 40-acre farm.
Author Minnesota Institute for Sustainable Agriculture
Contributor sustagprofiles.info
Type of Initiative Case Studies
Country UNITED STATES
Link http://sustagprofiles.info/loon_welcome.html

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Clover Valley Farms

Content This case study describes how Cindy and Jeff started working toward their farming dreams in 1999, how they have gradually added enterprises, and how they integrate farming with their off-farm jobs and their overall lifestyle.
Author EcoSmith Consulting, Minnesota Institute for Sustainable Agriculture, Sarah Stai
Contributor sustagprofiles.info
Type of Initiative Case Studies
Country UNITED STATES
Link http://sustagprofiles.info/cvf_welcome.html

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Planning for Organic Conversion in Taro in Molokai, Hawaii, USA

Content Using cover crops, intercropping and other techniques of organic farming to grow taro (Colocasia esculenta) to determine economic sustainability and improved soil quality.
Author James A. Boswell
Contributor agroecology.org
Type of Initiative Case Studies
Country UNITED STATES
Link http://www.agroecology.org/Case%20Studies/Molokai.html

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Introducing LocallyGrown – an innovative online farmers market system

Content Eric Wagoner , the creator of LocallyGrown, said that the initiative “…is best described as an online farmers market system where customers buy their produce online and come to one spot to pick it all up.” Originally developed for a farmers market in Athens, GA in 2002, LocallyGrown has expanded to 310 communities across North America, most of which are rural.
Author Luis Lei
Contributor Food First
Type of Initiative Case Studies
Country UNITED STATES
Link http://www.foodfirst.org/en/Locally+grown+unline+marketing

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Biological Control of Gramineous Stemborers in Kenya, Africa

Content Biological control of stemborers in Africa provides a sustainable solution for crop damaged crops.
Author Chris Bley
Contributor agroecology.org
Type of Initiative Case Studies
Country KENYA
Link http://www.agroecology.org/Case%20Studies/stemborers.html

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“Bring the food to them”: A different kind of food truck

Content It’s a very simple concept designed to overcome the barriers of affordability and access to healthy foods. The MoGro vision is to eliminate food deserts in New Mexico so that all communities have access to healthy, affordable, and sustainably-sourced foods.
Author Amelia Moore
Contributor Food First
Type of Initiative Case Studies
Country UNITED STATES
Link http://www.foodfirst.org/en/mobile+grocery+store

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Agroecology, best practices

Content Agroecology best practices
Author Agrisud International
Contributor Agrisud International
Type of Initiative Case Studies
Country CAMBODIA, INDIA, LAOS, SRI LANKA
Country ANGOLA, CONGO DEM, GABON, MADAGASCAR, MAURITANIA, MOROCCO, NIGER, SAO TOME AND PRINCIPE, SENEGAL
Country BRAZIL
Link http://tinyurl.com/8vgqbts

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Cordel do fundo solidário ; Gerando Riquezas e Saberes

Content In the Paraíba region several ‘rotating solidarity banks’ initiatives, each of which has developed in their own specific way, have been constructed. In this booklet these experiences were used to create a list of good practices.
Author Adriana Galvão Freire, AS-PTA
Contributor Agriculturesnetwork.org, ILEIA
Type of Initiative Case Studies
Country BRAZIL
Link http://www.agriculturesnetwork.org/library/61502

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Adoption Process of Agroecological Alternatives in a “Campesinos” Farming System in Yucatan, Mexico

Content Green manures and cover crops, IPM, manuring, agroforestry and organic horticulture alternatives are developed, tested and transferred through participatory adoption processes with farmers.
Author Adrian Javier Lopez Perez
Contributor agroecology.org
Type of Initiative Case Studies
Country MEXICO
Link http://www.agroecology.org/Case%20Studies/campesinos.html

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Agricultura sostenible: Ideas básicas y experiencias

Content This little book is a example of a new understanding of agriculture and its role as an activity ecologically, economically and socially viable for rural producers. It is also an anthology that selects and synthesizes articles published in LEISA Magazine, which are always concrete experiences from the field.
Author ETC Andes, ILEIA
Contributor ETC Andes, ILEIA
Type of Initiative Case Studies
Country PERU
Link http://tinyurl.com/7fzzc35

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“Milpa” Agroecosystems in Yucatan, Mexico

Content Milpa in Yucatan is an intercropping system of corn, beans, lima beans and squash that is managed through slash and burn with fallow periods and the use of mulch.
Author IPGRI-IDRC-CINVESTAV, Luis M. Arias R.
Contributor agroecology.org
Type of Initiative Case Studies
Country MEXICO
Link http://www.agroecology.org/Case%20Studies/milpa.html

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Corn-Bean-Squash Intercrop in Mexico

Content Corn (maize), Bean and Squash polyculture cropping system.
Author Chris Bley, Steve Gliessman
Contributor agroecology.org
Type of Initiative Case Studies
Country MEXICO
Link http://www.agroecology.org/Case%20Studies/cornbeansquash.html

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Tropical agroforestry homegardens in Nicaragua

Content Tropical agroforestry homegardens “huertos caseros” are traditional agricultural systems characterized by the complexity of their structure and their multiple functions. In this study, socioeconomic importance and some key ecological characteristics related to sustainability were studied in 20 Nicaraguan homegardens.
Author Ernesto Méndez
Contributor agroecology.org
Type of Initiative Case Studies
Country NICARAGUA
Link http://www.agroecology.org/Case%20Studies/homegardens.html

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Weed Mulch and No-Till Taro Cultivation in American Samoa

Content Using pulled or cut weeds as a mulch and a planting stick to grow Colocasia esculenta reduces soil erosion.
Author American Samoa Community College, Division of Agriculture, Human and Natural Resources, Larry S. Hirata
Contributor agroecology.org
Type of Initiative Case Studies
Country SAMOA
Link http://www.agroecology.org/Case%20Studies/Taro.html

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Rice Hull Biorecycling in Rocha, Uruguay

Content Rice hulls can be used in compost and vermicompost to obtain a high quality organic fertilizer in a short time.
Author Ana Cecilia Castillos, PROBIDES
Contributor agroecology.org
Type of Initiative Case Studies
Country URUGUAY
Link http://www.agroecology.org/Case%20Studies/rice_hull.html

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Education and Production on a School Farm: Can Both Be Sustainable?

Content On Beech Hill Farm, College of the Atlantic integrates educational and organic production goals through the interdisciplinary degree of Human Ecology.
Author Suzanne R. Morse
Contributor agroecology.org
Type of Initiative Case Studies
Country UNITED STATES
Link http://www.agroecology.org/Case%20Studies/CollegeAtlantic.html

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Ecologically-Based Pest Management at UC Berkeley’s Albany Gill Tract field

Content Ecologically-Based Pest Management at UC Berkeley’s Albany Gill Tract field
Author Santiago-Leon Balazs
Contributor agroecology.org
Type of Initiative Case Studies
Country UNITED STATES
Link http://www.agroecology.org/Case%20Studies/Albany_Gill.html

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Small-scale farming with enormous rewards: Biointensive Agroecology on a Community Farm in California, USA

Content Subsistence farming and agroecological research go hand-in-hand in this partnership between a cooperative community and a local non-profit environmental organization. Farming practices are principally “biointensive,” which fosters healthy soils, conserves space, and requires low input, while maximizing yields and increasing sustainability and overall health of this small-scale food production system.
Author Jessica Kaslow
Contributor agroecology.org
Type of Initiative Case Studies
Country UNITED STATES
Link http://www.agroecology.org/Case%20Studies/biointensive.html

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Integrated Cropping Systems Trials (WICST) in Wisconsin, USA

Content Agroecoystems in southern Wisconsin are dominated by monoculture or simple rotations of corn and soybeans. This study researches the agronomic, economic, and ecological aspects of conventional high input systems and low-input rotations.
Author Caroline Brock
Contributor agroecology.org
Type of Initiative Case Studies
Country UNITED STATES
Link http://www.agroecology.org/Case%20Studies/WICST.html

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Thermophilic Composting of Human Manure in Pennsylvania, USA.

Content Thermophilic (hot) composting of human manure renders it hygienic and safe to use as a valuable fertilizer for food gardens.
Author Claire Anderson
Contributor agroecology.org
Type of Initiative Case Studies
Country UNITED STATES
Link http://www.agroecology.org/Case%20Studies/humanmanure.html

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Options for Sustainable Sugarcane Farming in the Everglades Agricultural Area, Florida, USA

Content Ecologically destructive practices threaten sugarcane farming in Everglades Agricultural Area. Soil subsidence and phosphorus runoff are two serious problems that the industry has begun to address, but sustainability remains a future goal rather than a reality.
Author Heather Klemick
Contributor agroecology.org
Type of Initiative Case Studies
Country UNITED STATES
Link http://www.agroecology.org/Case%20Studies/sugarcane.html

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Using Agroecology in a Botanical Garden, Santa Barbara, California, USA

Content The use of organic materials and adoption of sustainable practices allows a botanical garden to address a complex of serious disease and insect problems.
Author John Lafleur
Contributor agroecology.org
Country UNITED STATES
Link http://www.agroecology.org/Case%20Studies/Lotusland.html

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Fiber Production from Hesperaloe in Arizona, USA

Content Hesperaloe is a xerophytic perennial that produces high-value fibers for paper-making. It is an experimental crop with the potential for reducing water consumption and soil erosion in hot desert environments currently cropped to high-water use crops such as cotton and alfalfa.
Author Steven P. McLaughlin
Contributor agroecology.org
Type of Initiative Case Studies
Country UNITED STATES
Link http://www.agroecology.org/Case%20Studies/hesperaloe.html

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Home garden amidst tea estate

Content The case of two farmers introduced to the idea of home garden, currently using their land creatively to produce a diversity of fruits and vegetables, and tea.
Author Local Initiatives for Biodiversity, Research and Development
Contributor LIBRD
Type of Initiative Case Studies
Country SRI LANKA
Link http://www.cbmsouthasia.net/2011/09/05/home-garden-amidst-tea-estate-2/

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Beyond battery cages: a humane, sustainable model of egg production in The Netherlands

Content Anticipating the disappearance of battery cages, alternative, more humane and sustainable methods of egg production have been and are being devel -oped. One up-and-coming example is the Roundel, a concept in The Netherlands that became operational in 2010 and is success-fully expanding. This case study shows its social, environmental and economic benefits – and the unique partnership between business, scientists and civil society that lay the foundation to its success.
Author World Society for the Protection of Animals
Contributor World Society for the Protection of Animals
Type of Initiative Case Studies
Country NETHERLANDS
Link http://tinyurl.com/7lpchvt

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The impact of Compost use on Crop Yelds in Tigray, Ethiopia (2000-2006)

Content The benefits deriving from the use of compost, including restoration of soil fertility, are well illustrated in this assessement. As a result of this successful approach is that between 2003 and 2006 grain yield for the region almost doubled from 714 to 1,354 thousand tonnes.
Author Arefayn Asmelash, Hailu Araya, Sue Edwards, Tewolde Berhan Gebre Egziaber
Contributor Third World Network
Type of Initiative Case Studies
Country ETHIOPIA
Link http://www.twnside.org.sg/title/end/pdf/end10.pdf

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Enhancing rural livelihoods and nutrition through higher welfare poultry production in India

Content This case study demonstrates that there are humane and economically viable alternatives to intensive egg production aimed at the urban market. It shows a sustainable poultry model suited to improving the livelihoods and nutrition of poor rural households that is simultaneously better for animal welfare and less reliant on buying in feed from external providers.
Author WSPA
Contributor World Society for the Protection of Animals
Type of Initiative Case Studies
Country INDIA
Link http://www.wspa-international.org/Images/CaseStudy-Keggs-Final-sm_tcm25-21761.pdf

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The Tigray experience: A success story in sustainable agriculture 

Content The success story in Tigray is concerning the Project on Sustainable Development through Ecological Land Management by Some Rural Communities in Northern Ethiopia through a broad-based open-ended experiment by farmers and local experts able to favor the rehabilitation of the land and improved crop production. The papers also include a set of recommendations for a sustanaible agriculture.
Author Hailu Araya, Sue Edwards
Contributor Third World Network
Type of Initiative Case Studies
Country ETHIOPIA
Link http://www.twnside.org.sg/title/end/pdf/end04.pdf

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Putting Farmers First in Sustainable Agriculture Practices

Content This paper describes key principles and approaches of sustainable agriculture, particularly at local community level, as a key alternative to GM crops and industrial agriculture systems. This is followed by an account of the successes of sustainable agri-culture practices in some parts of developing countries, illustrated by three case studies.
Author Hira Jhamtani
Contributor Third World Network
Type of Initiative Case Studies
Country CAMBODIA, INDONESIA
Link http://www.twnside.org.sg/title/end/pdf/end05.pdf

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Seed Lending Libraries: Empowered Communities Take Control of their Genetic Resources

Content Seed libraries are places where members of the community can come and literally “check out” seeds just like one checks out a book, for free. Members can take, grow, save, and at the end of season, “return” seeds back to the library.
Author Katie Brimm
Contributor Food First
Type of Initiative Case Studies
Country UNITED STATES
Link http://www.foodfirst.org/en/local+seed+saving

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Agroecology: Exploring opportunities for women’s empowerment based on experiences from Brazil

Content Through the analysis conducted by ActionAid Brazil of their experiences working with rural women, this publication examines the relationship between agroecology and feminism and shows agroecology to be an essential tool that can advance the empowerment of rural women.
Author ActionAid Brazil, Ana Paula Lopes, Emilia Jomalinis
Contributor Association for Women Rights in Development
Type of Initiative Case Studies
Country BRAZIL
Link http://awid.org/eng=/Library/Feminist-Perspectives-Towards-Transforming-Economic-Power-Topic-2-Agroecology

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Revalorización y conservación de la diversidad biocultural andina

Content BioAndes was a regional programme carried out in Bolivia, Ecuador and Peru with the objective of “strengthening the capacities of local actors in the sustainable management of the region’s biodiversity”. Having run for 5 years, they were interested in presenting a detailed document to the national and regional authorities. With the help of many of those directly involved in the programme, ILEIA carried out a systematisation process, and presented the results as a 100-page document.
Author ETC Andes, ILEIA
Contributor Agriculturesnetwork.org, ILEIA
Type of Initiative Case Studies
Country BOLIVIA, ECUADOR, PERU
Link http://tinyurl.com/7pttyor

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Strengthening people-led development

Content A joint effort of local communities, NGOs and donors to redefine participation. Readers can find in the successful examples of participatory methods presented, a source of motivation and inspiration.
Author Anja Mertineit, Emmanuel Yap, Jorge Chavez-Tafur, T. M. Radha
Contributor Agriculturesnetwork.org, ILEIA
Type of Initiative Case Studies
Country BANGLADESH, INDIA
Link http://www.agriculturesnetwork.org/resources/library/61529

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Impact assessment of push–pull technology developed and promoted by icipe and partners in eastern Africa

Content Push-pull method is a method for maize cultivation. It was developed by icipe in Nairobi and is currently disseminated widely. The impact assessment demonstrates the transformation from non-sustainable to more sustainable forms of maize cultivation and illustrates it by drawing from specific examples from farmers.
Author Intercooperation, Martin Fischler, Switzerland
Contributor BIOVISION
Type of Initiative Case Studies
Country KENYA, UGANDA
Link http://www.push-pull.net/Impact_assesment.pdf

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Puzzles for innovation

Content The writers wanted to encourage the Afghan community by showing that the development processes they are experiencing are not different to those seen elsewhere, even if the general context is particularly difficult.
Author ILEIA, University of Applied Science, Van Hall Larenstein
Contributor Agriculturesnetwork.org, ILEIA
Type of Initiative Case Studies
Country AFGHANISTAN, INDONESIA
Country BENIN, ETHIOPIA, GHANA, MOZAMBIQUE, SOUTH AFRICA, TANZANIA, Zimbabwe
Link http://tinyurl.com/bw39lao

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