Will the Green Revolution really ‘nutritionalise’ Africa?

Title Will the Green Revolution really ‘nutritionalise’ Africa?
Contributor ILEIA
Author Million Belay
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.
Type of initiative Article
Year Published
Language English
Africa 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

Title Agroecology and the right to food – Interview with Olivier De Schutter
Contributor ILEIA
Author Margriet Goris
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.”
Type of initiative Interview
Year Published
Language English
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

Title Locally rooted: ideas and iniatives from the field
Contributor AgriculturesNetwork
Author ILEIA
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.
Type of initiative Article, Case Studies
Year Published
Language English
Asia NEPAL
Africa KENYA, LIBERIA
South America Guatemala
Link http://www.agriculturesnetwork.org/magazines/global/family-farming/locally-rooted

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When family farmers lead their own development

Title When family farmers lead their own development
Contributor AgriculturesNetwork
Author Laure Guibert
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.
Type of initiative Report
Year Published
Language English
Africa 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

Title Farmers in Focus: Advocate for sovereign seed systems
Contributor AgriculturesNetwork
Author Holly Whitesides
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.
Type of initiative Interview
Year Published
Language English
North America U.S.
Link http://www.agriculturesnetwork.org/magazines/global/family-farming/farmers-in-focus

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La Durette, a pilot agroecological farm

Title La Durette, a pilot agroecological farm
Contributor GRAB (Groupe de Recherche en Agriculture Biologique)
Author François Warlop
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.

Type of initiative Research
Year Published
Language Français
Europe 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

Title Organic farming at the Center stage in South East Asia
Contributor La Via Campesina
Author Irma Yanny, James S.L.Tadeo, Raphael M. Baladad
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).

Type of initiative Case Studies
Year Published 2013
Language English
Asia 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

Title Participatory Guarantee System and Analog Forestry
Contributor AgriCultures Network, ILEIA
Author Cavan Gates, Eduardo Aguilar
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.
Type of initiative Article
Year Published
Language English
Asia SRI LANKA
Africa CAMEROON
Link http://www.agriculturesnetwork.org/magazines/global/markets/pgs

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A new tool for improving organic cotton yields in Africa

Title A new tool for improving organic cotton yields in Africa
Contributor PAN UK
Author Damien Sanfilippo, Davo Simplice Vodouhê, Gervais Assogba, PAN UK, Robert Mensah
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.
Type of initiative Case Studies
Year Published
Language English
Africa 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

Title Seeking convergence on agroecology- a conference impression
Contributor ILEIA
Author Janneke Bruil, Leonardo van den Berg
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.

Type of initiative Report
Year Published
Language English
Link http://www.agriculturesnetwork.org/resources/extra/news/agroecology-europe

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