Guinea pigs – small livestock with big potential

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

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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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Learning for rural change: 18 stories from Sudan

Content A great variety of rural development initiatives are taking place in the Republic of Sudan. In this book, the outcome of a documentation and communication training in Khartoum in 2013, practitioners describe and analyse some of the most promising experiences.

The articles provide lessons and challenges relevant for professionals in the field of agriculture and rural development. The book is divided into four themes: water management & crop production, livestock, women empowerment and approaches to sharing knowledge. The hope is that this book serves as a source of inspiration for future initiatives.

Author Janneke Bruil, Laura Eggens, Leonardo van den Berg
Contributor AgriCultures Network, ILEIA
Type of Initiative Case Studies
Country SUDAN
Link http://www.agriculturesnetwork.org/resources/pubs/learning-for-rural-change

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Dams and alpacas in the Peruvian Andes

Content In addition to severe losses in the mountain soil’s fertility, climate change is easily visible in the Peruvian Andes: the glaciers which feed all the rivers, and the snow on the mountaintops, are noticeably getting smaller, less and less water is flowing down into the valleys. The water harvesting approach is proving susccessful to cope with this problem and strenghthen local organizations.
Author Fernando Camiloaga Jiménez
Contributor AgriCultures Network
Year Published 2012
Type of Initiative Case Studies
Country PERU
Link http://www.agriculturesnetwork.org/magazines/global/from-desertification-to-vibrant-communities/dams-and-alpacas

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A breeding bull can benefit the whole village

Content The case of Suklal Rajbanshi, a farmer in Shivgunj, Jhapa who is providing valuable service to cow owners in his village.
Author Local Initiatives for Biodiversity, Research and Development
Contributor LIBRD
Type of Initiative Case Studies
Country NEPAL
Link http://www.cbmsouthasia.net/2011/10/24/a-breeding-bull-can-benefit-the-whole-village-says-suklal-rajbanshi/

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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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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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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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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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