Perspectives: Strengthening people’s knowledge

Title Perspectives: Strengthening people’s knowledge
Contributor Farming Matters Magazine, ILEIA- centre for learning on sustainable agriculture
Author Charanya R., Colin Anderson, Michel Pimbert, Tom Wakeford
Content For the past half century agricultural innovation has denied a voice to the many groups who work outside the profession of science – farmers, food providers, women and the urban poor. The value of their expertise gained through practical experience must be recognised in the production and validation of knowledge.
Type of initiative Article
Year Published
Language English
Asia INDIA
Link http://www.agriculturesnetwork.org/magazines/global/co-creation-of-knowledge/perspectives-strengthening-people2019s-knowledge

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The world’s largest safety net for family farmers?

Title The world’s largest safety net for family farmers?
Contributor ILEIA
Author KS Gopal
Content India’s Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (MGNREGA) is the largest public-works based employment programme in the world. Unanimously enacted by the Indian parliament in 2005, implementation began in February 2006. With an annual budget of six billion US dollars, it now supports some fifty million rural people – larger than the population of Senegal, Mali and Niger combined. This article focuses on the successes, issues and potential of the Act to improve the well being of workers and family farmers.
Type of initiative Case Studies
Year Published
Language English
Asia INDIA
Link http://www.agriculturesnetwork.org/magazines/global/resilience-faces/social-safety-nets

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SRI in Bihar: From one to 350,000

Title SRI in Bihar: From one to 350,000
Contributor AgriCultures Network, ILEIA
Author ILEIA
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.

Type of initiative Case Studies
Year Published
Language
Asia INDIA
Link http://www.agriculturesnetwork.org/magazines/global/sri/sri-in-bihar

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Kaluchi Thakarwadi: Rejuvenated landscape, rejuvenated lives

Title Kaluchi Thakarwadi: Rejuvenated landscape, rejuvenated lives
Contributor AgriCultures Network
Author Watershed Organization Trust
Content Kaluchi Thakarwadi is a small, remote settlement in the district of Ahmednagar, in Maharashtra, in the semi-arid zone in the rain shadow of India’s western mountains. Rainfall is unreliable, so there is chronic water scarcity, with recurring shortages of food and fodder. Six years ago a broad watershed management programme was established, which has already had an enormous impact: a transformation from desert to a replenished watershed.
Type of initiative Case Studies
Year Published
Language
Asia INDIA
Link http://www.agriculturesnetwork.org/magazines/global/from-desertification-to- vibrant-communities/kaluchi-thakarwadi-rejuvenated-landscape-rejuvenated-lives

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Nourishing the World Sustainably: Scaling Up Agroecology

Title Nourishing the World Sustainably: Scaling Up Agroecology
Contributor Ecumenical Advocacy Alliance
Author EAA, Edited by Peter Prove, Sara Speicher
Content The paper contains 12 different case studies and chapters on agroecology; other sustainable farming methods;  agroecology and resilience to climatic changes; evidence of the food security potential of agroecological systems; the scaling up of agroecological innovations, with challenges and opportunities; the approaches that can be used for scaling up agroecology ; conclusions and way forward.
Type of initiative Case Studies, Paper
Year Published
Language English
Asia BANGLADESH, INDIA, PHILIPPINES, SRI LANKA
Africa Zimbabwe
South America BRAZIL, PERU
Link http://tinyurl.com/EAAagroecology2012

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The Real Green Revolution: Organic and Agroecological farming in the South

Title The Real Green Revolution: Organic and Agroecological farming in the South
Contributor Greenpeace
Author Nicholas Parrott, Terry Marsden
Content This report highlights some of the opportunities and challenges of establishing an organic farming movement that “can increase food security, reduce poverty and protect environmental resources” in the Southern hemisphere. Even though the report asserts that government policies are still needed to encourage the extension of organic farming, several positive trends are identified through a number of worldwide case studies.
Type of initiative Case Studies
Year Published
Language English
Asia INDIA, INDONESIA
Africa BURKINA FASO, EGYPT, ETHIOPIA, MALI, TANZANIA
South America PERU
Link http://www.greenpeace.org/international/Global/international/planet-2/report/2002/1/the-real-green-revolution.pdf

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Whose “clean” development? Communities Speak Out

Title Whose “clean” development? Communities Speak Out
Contributor Focus on the Global South
Author Focus on the Global South
Content Three case studies from India, Philippines and Thailand on Clean Development Mechanism:

Our analysis, and that of many communities and organisations across Asia, is that the CDM is an extension of the generalised approach to big project and energy intensive development that has systematically marginalised indigenous peoples and local communities and over- exploited the Earth. The “clean development mechanism” is, quite simply, a mechanism that allows polluters to avoid binding emissions reductions in one location, while shifting emissions to another location. At the same time, it allows corporations and state entities to reap additional profits from projects that are questionable in terms of sustainability, community benefits or even addressing climate change.

Type of initiative Case Studies
Year Published
Language English
Asia INDIA, PHILIPPINES, THAILAND
Link http://www.focusweb.org/content/whose-%E2%80%9Cclean%E2%80%9D-development-communities-speak-out

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Farming models to sustain the world

Title Farming models to sustain the world
Contributor Zcommunications.org
Author Devinder Sharma
Content Article on sustainable model being adopted in Andhra Pradesh on a big scale.
Type of initiative Article
Year Published 2010
Language English
Asia INDIA
Link http://www.zcommunications.org/a-farming-model-to-sustain-the-world-by-devinder-sharma

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Agroecology, best practices

Title Agroecology, best practices
Contributor Agrisud International
Author Agrisud International
Content Agroecology best practices
Type of initiative Case Studies
Year Published 2010
Language English
Asia CAMBODIA, INDIA, LAOS, SRI LANKA
Africa ANGOLA, CONGO DEM, GABON, MADAGASCAR, MAURITANIA, MOROCCO, NIGER, SAO TOME AND PRINCIPE, SENEGAL
South America BRAZIL
Link http://tinyurl.com/8vgqbts

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Enhancing rural livelihoods and nutrition through higher welfare poultry production in India

Title Enhancing rural livelihoods and nutrition through higher welfare poultry production in India
Contributor World Society for the Protection of Animals
Author WSPA
Content This case study demonstrates that there are humane and economically viable alternatives to intensive egg production aimed at the urban market. It shows a sustainable poultry model suited to improving the livelihoods and nutrition of poor rural households that is simultaneously better for animal welfare and less reliant on buying in feed from external providers.
Type of initiative Case Studies
Year Published 2010
Language English
Asia INDIA
Link http://www.wspa-international.org/Images/CaseStudy-Keggs-Final-sm_tcm25-21761.pdf

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