Agroecology: key concepts, principles and practices

Recognizing the urgent need for capacity building in agroecology the Third World Network organized training courses to equip key actors with a comprehensive understanding of the principles and concepts of agroecology and to provide evidence of success through illustrative examples. This booklet describes the main learning points from the training courses held in Indonesia (2013) and in Zambia (2015)

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Biointensive Agriculture Training Program in Kenya

Content Manor House Agricultural Center provides training in low input farming as an alternative to conventional methods, which are heavily reliant on external inputs. Farmers practicing biointensive farming techniques experience significant yield increases and improved soil fertility and grow more nutritious crops. Since 1984, over 100,000 farmers have received this training, and an estimated 200,000 households now use methods of biointensive agriculture.
Author Oakland Institute
Contributor Oakland Institute
Year Published 2015
Type of Initiative Case Studies
Country KENYA
Link http://tinyurl.com/nceez5f

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Building, defending and strengthening agroecology

Content This publication is based on a research conducted on the meaning and politics of agroecology from social movement perspectives.
It is associated with this video
Author Colin Anderson, Csilla Kiss, Michel Pimbert
Contributor Center for Agroecology Water & Resilience, ILEIA
Year Published 2015
Type of Initiative Article
Link http://www.agroecologynow.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/05/Farming_Matters_Special.pdf

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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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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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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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