Will the Green Revolution really ‘nutritionalise’ Africa?

Content Opinion by Million Belay.
We are told that high input agriculture will boost food production in Africa. A persistent worry for Million Belay is the loss of knowledge related to our nutritious, traditional crops if they succeed.
Author Million Belay
Contributor ILEIA
Year Published 2014
Type of Initiative Article
Country ETHIOPIA
Link http://www.agriculturesnetwork.org/magazines/global/reclaiming-nutrition/opinion-million-belay

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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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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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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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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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Participatory Guarantee System and Analog Forestry

Content Besides providing for many of our needs, forests play a pivotal role in providing ecosystem services, ranging from biodiversity conservation to climate regulation. Yet over the last decade the world has lost an average of more than 5 million hectares of forests every year. Different examples show that marketing forest products can have a very positive impact, leading to higher incomes and also to healthier ecosystems.
Author Cavan Gates, Eduardo Aguilar
Contributor AgriCultures Network, ILEIA
Year Published 2013
Type of Initiative Article
Country SRI LANKA
Country CAMEROON
Link http://www.agriculturesnetwork.org/magazines/global/markets/pgs

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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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