Inga Alley Cropping providing land for life

Title Inga Alley Cropping providing land for life
Contributor Lorraine Potter
Author Mike Hands
Content Hands, M. R. June 2002.
Alley-Cropping as a Sustainable Alternative to Shifting Cultivation. Final Report. Project HND / B7-6201 / IB / 97 / 0533(08). Tropical Forests Budgetary Line. Commission of the European Communities. DG I. Brussels.

Hands, M. R. 1998.
The uses of Inga in the acid soils of the Rainforest zone : Alley-cropping sustainability and soil-regeneration. In : Pennington, T.D. and Fernandes, E.C.M. (eds.) The Genus Inga : Utilization. The Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. England.

Type of initiative Training Initiatives
Year Published
Language English
North America HONDURAS
Link https://www.ifoam.bio/sites/default/files/ofia2017_handout_web.pdf

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Agroecology: Science and Politics

Title Agroecology: Science and Politics
Contributor
Author Miguel Altieri, Peter Rosset
Content Our global food system is largely based on unsustainable industrial agricultural practices, is a major source of greenhouse gas emissions, is controlled by a handful of large corporations and produces unhealthy food. Agroecology is a solution to these increasingly urgent problems.

After decades of being dismissed by mainstream institutions and defended in obscurity by grassroots movements and farmers, agroecology is suddenly in fashion. The UN Food and Agriculture Organization, government ministries and even corporations are jumping on the bandwagon. But, are they pushing the same agroecology as developed by pioneering farmers and scientists and pushed for by peasant social movements, or are they seeking to co-opt the concept and give it different content? Rosset and Altieri, two of the world’s leading agroecologists, outline the principles, history and currents of agroecological thought, the scientific evidence for agroecology, the social aspects of bringing agroecology to scale and the contemporary politics of agroecology.

Type of initiative Guide
Year Published 2017
Language English
Link https://developmentbookshop.com/agroecology-science-and-politics

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Farming Matters: Building Food Sovereignty

Title Farming Matters: Building Food Sovereignty
Contributor AgriCultures Network
Author
Content This issue of Farming Matters is about food sovereignty. Food sovereignty is a self-organised, grassroots response to today’s problematic food and farming system. Diverse people, such as producers, consumers, peasants, migrant farm workers and urban citizens, to name a few, are uniting around initiatives to regain control over their food and natural resources.
Type of initiative Paper
Year Published
Language English
Link http://www.agriculturesnetwork.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/FM_01_2017_Web_LR_FINAL-1.pdf

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Peasant farming. A Buffer for Human Societies

Title Peasant farming. A Buffer for Human Societies
Contributor Society for International Development
Author Angela Hilmi, Sara Burbi
Content This article by Angela Hilmi and Sara Burbi explores the importance of peasant farming worldwide, the debate about its disappearance and the way it is being impacted by differentiated policies. It takes two examples, Tunisia and Egypt, during post-colonial times. In both cases policies tended to favour the modernization of agriculture, ignoring the contribution of peasant farming to the national economies. But interestingly the data show a surprisingly significant importance and increase in the number of small farms in both countries. While theoretical debates continue about the disappearance of peasantries, reality demonstrates that peasant farming is a formidable and resilient buffer for human societies, which helps stabilize, balance and enrich them.
Type of initiative Article
Year Published
Language English
Link http://rdcu.be/nIxA

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Agroecology. The Bold Future of Farming in Africa

Title Agroecology. The Bold Future of Farming in Africa
Contributor AFSA, TOAM
Author AFSA, TOAM
Content A publication launched by the African Alliance for Food Sovereignty, showcasing the huge potential of Agroecology to feed Africa, fix broken food systems and repair damaged landscapes, providing abundant healthy and nutritious food sustainably while increasing incomes and improving climate resilience. The publication also illustrates 15 case studies.
Type of initiative Case Studies, Report
Year Published 2017
Language English
Africa ETHIOPIA, GHANA, KENYA, MALAWI, TOGO, UGANDA, Zimbabwe
Link http://afsafrica.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/02/Agroecology-the-bold-future-of-farming-in-Africa-ebook1.pdf

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Making Sense of Research – Research for Practical Application in Land Management

Title Making Sense of Research – Research for Practical Application in Land Management
Contributor Benjamin Haerdle
Author Hanspeter Liniger, Peter Moll, Rima Mekdaschi Studer, Ute Zander
Content Application-focused book with the findings of international research on sustainable land management presented at the global Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD)

According to the UN Convention to Combat Desertification, twelve million hectares of fertile, arable land is lost each and every year. Soils are suffering from aridization, salination and overuse. This means that the loss of soil fertility is one of the central challenges to society with regard to the management of natural resources. Solutions for more sustainable land use that not only takes into account the environment and existing ecosystems worldwide but also aspects of climate change are presented in the book “Making Sense of Research for Sustainable Land Management”. It is published by the Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research (UFZ) and the Centre for Development and Environment (CDE) of the University of Bern.
This scientific volume will be presented today at the global Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD COP 13) being held in Cancun (Mexico) in a dedicated session as part of the Landscape Day.

Type of initiative Research
Year Published
Language English
Link http://www.wocat.net/makingsense

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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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How Yapuchiris build climate resilience

Title How Yapuchiris build climate resilience
Contributor ILEIA
Author Luis Carlos Aguilar, Tania Ricaldi Arévalo
Content Dealing with the uncertainties of changing climates is a challenge faced by farmers around the world. Near Cochabamba in Bolivia’s Andean high plateau, a group of agroecological farmers are leading the way by developing and sharing innovative practices that help their communities break out of the vicious cycle of increased poverty and vulnerability. But challenges remain…
Type of initiative Case Studies
Year Published
Language English
South America BOLIVIA
Link http://www.agriculturesnetwork.org/magazines/global/resilience-faces/yapuchiris

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Access and benefit sharing in participatory plant breeding in Southwest China

Title Access and benefit sharing in participatory plant breeding in Southwest China
Contributor centre for learning ILEIA: Centre for Learning on sustainable agriculture
Author Ronnie Vernooy, Xin Song, Yiching Song, Zhang Yanyan
Content This contribution discusses access and benefit sharing within the context of participatory plant breeding. It presents how Chinese farmers and breeders interact in relation to crop improvement and on-farm maintenance of plant genetic resources. Based on more than a decade of action research, a number of institutional changes were accomplished as a result of the interactions between national and provincial breeding institutes, rural development researchers and local maize farmers. Although the respective legislation in China is not yet adequately formulated, access and benefit sharing can still be addressed in contracts and by labelling products of a particular geographic origin.
Type of initiative Article
Year Published
Language English
Asia CHINA
Link http://www.agriculturesnetwork.org/magazines/global/access-and-benefit-sharing-of-genetic-resources/access-and-benefit-sharing-in-participatory-plant-breeding-in-southwest-china

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Rescuing our maize: Building a network

Title Rescuing our maize: Building a network
Contributor Farming Matters Magazine, ILEIA- centre for learning on sustainable agriculture
Author Jaime Morales Hernández
Content A network of communities in West-Central Mexico has rescued its traditional landraces of maize. This experience shows that the benefits of defending an ancestral good is not only limited to regaining cultural identity and agrobiodiversity. The defence of native maize has become a space where old and new knowledge redefined
agriculture and where people achieved food sovereignty, technical autonomy, and a new sense of community.
Type of initiative Article
Year Published
Language English
Link http://www.agriculturesnetwork.org/magazines/global/co-creation-of-knowledge/rescuing-our-maize-building-a-network

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