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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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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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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Learning routes: Experiences in Marocco and Egypt

Content

In 2013, two learning routes took place on the themes of farmer organisations in Morocco and water management in Egypt.

ILEIA joined both Learning Routes, carrying out preparatory analysis of the main lessons in the host countries, and documenting how and what the participants (ruteros) learned during the actual route.

The final outcome of these Learning Routes is a 32 page booklet. This booklet presents the main lessons learnt during the two Learning Routes. It first provides short summaries of the initiatives that were visited in Morocco and Egypt.

Next, the main lessons that ruteros identified during the two routes are presented. The final chapter focuses on the lessons drawn from the process of the Learning Route, showing the ways in which knowledge building using this method can be innovative.

Author Laura Eggens, Mireille Vermeulen
Contributor AgriCultures Network, ILEIA
Type of Initiative Report
Country EGYPT, MOROCCO
Link http://www.agriculturesnetwork.org/resources/pubs/2013-learning-routes

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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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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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