Pablo Tittonell – Feeding the world with Agroecology

Pablo Tittonell is professor ‘Farming Systems Ecology’ at Wageningen University and one of the worlds most famous experts in the field of agriculture and ecology. He advocates intensification of agriculture by making optimal use of natural processes and the landscape to meet the worlds growing demand for food.

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Climate Resilience Sustainable Agriculture Experiences

Title Climate Resilience Sustainable Agriculture Experiences
Contributor ActionAid
Author
Content This document summarises case studies from ten countries through ActionAid’s approach to climate resilient sustainable agriculture, which incorporates agroecology in a human rights framework. Based on these experiences ActionAid recommends to increase investment in agroecology, as part of a comprehensive human rights based approach:

  • In particular in ensuring public agriculture research works with nature, taking cognisance of the natural ecological functioning;
  • That public agriculture scientists are encouraged to work with farmers to define their research priorities, disaggregating the priorities of male and female farmers;
  • That extension agents are trained on sustainable agronomic practices and farm management, which can have significant benefits in terms of building resilience, adapting to climate change, and improving production and food security;
  • Of course, all this needs to be underpinned by support for smallholder farmers’ organisations, including women farmers’ unions, to both engage effectively with markets and with government to influence public policy in their favour.
Type of initiative Case Studies
Year Published 2014
Language English
Asia AFGHANISTAN, BANGLADESH, CAMBODIA, CHINA, MYANMAR, NEPAL
Africa MOZAMBIQUE, RWANDA
South America BRAZIL, Nicaragua
Link http://ag-transition.org/wp-content/pdf/2014-CRSA_Experiences-September_2014_SMALL.compressed.pdf

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Nourishing the World Sustainably: Scaling Up Agroecology

Title Nourishing the World Sustainably: Scaling Up Agroecology
Contributor Ecumenical Advocacy Alliance
Content The cases, the research and the studies to which this Report refers clearly show that in Africa, Asia and Latin America there are many Ngos and farmer-led initiatives promoting agroecological production that have demonstrated a positive impact on the livelihoods of millions of people living in small farming communities.  Agroecology has consistently proven capable of sustainably increasing productivity and has far greater potential for fighting hunger, particularly during economic and climatically uncertain times that in many areas are becoming the norm.
Successfully scaling up agroecology depends heavily on enhancing human capital and empowering communities through training and participatory methods that seriously take into account the needs, aspirations and circumstances of smallholders. At the same time major reforms must be made in policies, institutions, and research and development agendas.
Year Published 2013
Language English
Link http://tinyurl.com/lhh8pjn

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Ten qualities of family farming

Title Ten qualities of family farming
Contributor AgriculturesNetwork
Author Jan Douwe van der Ploeg
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.
Type of initiative Article
Year Published
Language English
Link http://www.agriculturesnetwork.org/magazines/global/family-farming/theme-overview

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