Agroecology and Water Harvesting in Zimbabwe

Content Since the late 1960s, Zephaniah Phiri Maseko has pioneered a unique, innovative vision for community and agricultural development through judicious water management; his system has been widely adopted across the country, increasing agricultural productivity and resilience in this semi-arid region.
Author Oakland Institute
Contributor Oakland Institute
Year Published 2015
Type of Initiative Case Studies
Country Zimbabwe
Link http://www.oaklandinstitute.org/sites/oaklandinstitute.org/files/Water_Harvesting_Zimbabwe.pdf

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Addressing the Challenges of Food Insecurity and Environmental Degradation in Zambia

Content Community Markets for Conservation (COMACO) has helped people address the challenges of food insecurity and environmental degradation while conserving wildlife and other natural resources. COMACO is one of the few programs that operate at the scale of an entire ecosystem—contributing to increased wildlife numbers, better protected habitats, improved food security, and better incomes.

This case study was produced by the Oakland Institute. It is copublished by the Oakland Institute and the Alliance for Food Sovereignty in Africa AFSA). A full set of case studies can be found at www.oaklandinstitute.org and www.afsafrica.org

Author Oakland Institute
Contributor Oakland Institute
Year Published 2015
Type of Initiative Case Studies
Country ZAMBIA
Link http://www.oaklandinstitute.org/addressing-environmental-degradation

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Bees bring a new buzz to family farming in Zimbabwe

Content One way that family farmers improve their resilience to both climatic and economic shocks is to diversify what is produced. More and different crops and livestock, particularly local varieties and breeds are being promoted. Two other options stand out too – bees and trees. These have the added advantages of complementing the production of agricultural crops and enhancing the agroecosystem. In Zimbabwe, the Ruzivo Trust has been promoting beekeeping, and the results are showing the sweet taste of success. Bees can help farmers break out of poverty.
Author Chipo Gono
Contributor ILEIA
Year Published 2014
Type of Initiative Case Studies
Country Zimbabwe
Link http://www.agriculturesnetwork.org/magazines/global/resilience-faces/diversifying-with-bees-zimbabwe

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Moving from vulnerability to resilience in Africa

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

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Home nurseries: Viable businesses with environmental awareness

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

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

Content Interview > Olivier De Schutter – “Agroecology is really common sense. It means understanding how nature works, to replicate the natural workings of nature on farms in order to reduce dependency on external inputs. Agroecology preserves the ability for future generations to feed themselves. I believe we should teach more about agroecology and encourage exchanges between farmers. We cannot continue in this impasse of an oil dependent food production system.”
Author Margriet Goris
Contributor ILEIA
Year Published 2014
Type of Initiative Interview
Link http://www.agriculturesnetwork.org/magazines/global/resilience-faces/interview-olivier-de-schutter

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From slash and burn to ‘slash and mulch’

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

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

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

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From farmer-pastoralist conflicts to profitable alliances

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

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“We are a political and economic force”

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

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