Report of the International Forum for Agroecology

Abstract “We are pleased to present the report of the International Forum on Agroecology, held at the Nyéléni Center in Sélingué, Mali from 24th to the 27th of February, 2015. This represents the first joint vision of Agroecology from the shared viewpoints of all kinds of small-scale food producing peoples, seen from the perspectives of our social movements. This is the first common statement across constituencies, of the pillars and principles of Agroecology. We have endeavored to interpret, understand and share what Agroecology means from the diverse viewpoints of peasants, small-scale farmers, the landless, rural workers, indigenous peoples, hunter-gatherers, artisanal fisherfolk, pastoralists and nomadic peoples, urban communities, consumers and others.”

The report was presented in Rome, 13 October 2015, during a side event on the occasion of the session 42 of the Committee for World Food Security and is now available in English, French, Spanish and Portuguese at www.foodsovereignty.org

Contributor International Forum for Agroecology
Year Published 2015
Link http://ag-transition.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/10/NYELENI-2015-ENGLISH-FINAL-WEB.pdf

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Climate Resilience Sustainable Agriculture Experiences

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.
Author
Contributor ActionAid
Year Published 2014
Type of Initiative Case Studies
Country AFGHANISTAN, BANGLADESH, CAMBODIA, CHINA, MYANMAR, NEPAL
Country MOZAMBIQUE, RWANDA
Country BRAZIL, Nicaragua
Link http://ag-transition.org/wp-content/pdf/2014-CRSA_Experiences-September_2014_SMALL.compressed.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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Tipping the Balance: Policies to shape agricultural investments and markets in favour of small-scale farmers

Content A recent wave of large-scale land acquisitions and other commercial investment in agriculture has raised concerns that small-scale producers are being marginalized. This report takes a new look at the role of public policy and market governance in ensuring inclusive sustainable development. It also foucses on elements that can contribute to gender-equitable results. Four country case studies, conducted in Guatemala, Nigeria, Tanzania and the Philippines supports this work.
Author Bill Cotula, Chan Man-Kwun, Cotula Lorenzo, Lorenzo Chan, Man-Kwun, Vorley, Vorley Bill
Contributor Oxfam International
Year Published 2012
Type of Initiative Case Studies, Report, Research
Country PHILIPPINES
Country NIGERIA, TANZANIA
Country Guatemala
Link http://policy-practice.oxfam.org.uk/publications/tipping-the-balance-policies-to-shape-agricultural-investments-and-markets-in-f-254551

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