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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Peasant-led food sovereignty gives life to agricultural biodiversity

Title Peasant-led food sovereignty gives life to agricultural biodiversity
Contributor Patrick Mulvany
Content What is it about?
ABSTRACT
Agricultural biodiversity is dynamically managed by smaller-scale food providers, who have co-evolved with their crops and livestock and agroecosystems over millennia. It encompasses not only the species directly harvested for food etc. but also all the support species that provide essential ecosystem functions, which support the productive environment.

Agricultural biodiversity increased over millennia with the movement of peoples across the globe. However, more recently with the rampant spread of the industrial production of commodities, livestock and fisheries, agricultural biodiversity is haemorrhaging.

Yet, it is the smaller-scale food providers – the world’s peasants – who provide nourishment for most people in the world through their biodiverse and ecologically-resilient production systems, developed in the framework of food sovereignty, who sustain agricultural biodiversity. Their production systems enhance agricultural biodiversity and enable it to adapt to changes in agroecosystems due to climate change and other threats.

This article calls for the breaking of the value chains which bind industrial producers to unsustainable and biodiversity-destroying production and consumption systems. It also calls for the protection of the rights of smaller-scale, biodiversity-enhancing food providers whose localised food webs developed in the framework of food sovereignty will continue to provide food for most people today and tomorrow as well as sustaining and enhancing agricultural biodiversity for future generations.

Why is it important?
Localised peasant production provides food for more than 70% of the world’s population. The agricultural biodiversity they dynamically manage underpins peasant agroecology and is regenerated by these ecologically-resilient production systems, developed in the framework of food sovereignty. Sustaining agricultural biodiversity is vital in confronting climate change and other threats and securing food supplies now and for future generations.

This article contributes to the awareness of the importance of the agricultural biodiversity and the key role that small-scale producers are playing in dynamically managing it – in situ, above and below ground and in waters – in their ecological production systems.

Year Published 2017
Language English
Link http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/14888386.2017.1366872

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Who Will Feed Us? The Industrial Food Chain vs the Peasant Food Web

Title Who Will Feed Us? The Industrial Food Chain vs the Peasant Food Web
Contributor ETC Group
Content Who Will Feed Us? is a data-driven report full of unexpected statistics that reveal a tale of two food systems. It upturns common assumptions about who feeds whom in a hungry world threatened by climate change.

Some highlights of the report:

  • Peasants (not food corporations) feed the world: 70% of the world’s population is fed by the Peasant Food Web, using only 25% of resources.
  • Industrial food production fails to feed: Only 24% of the food produced by the Industrial Food
    Chain actually reaches people – the rest is wasted in meat production inefficiencies; lost in transport, storage and at the household; and diverted to non-food products.
  • Industrial food costs us more: For every dollar spent on industrial food, it costs another 2 dollars to clean up the mess

The report is also available in Spanish and French

Year Published 2017
Language English
Link http://www.etcgroup.org/sites/www.etcgroup.org/files/files/etc-whowillfeedus-english-webshare.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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Unravelling the Food-Health Nexus: Addressing practices, political economy and power relations to build healthier food systems’

Title Unravelling the Food-Health Nexus: Addressing practices, political economy and power relations to build healthier food systems’
Contributor International Panel of Experts on Sustainable Food Systems
Content This report from the International Panel of Experts on Sustainable Food Systems (IPES) reviews the latest evidence on the whole range of health impacts associated with food systems around the world to provide a full picture. It further examines the political economy of food systems: why evidence gaps persist, why negative impacts are systematically reproduced, and why certain problems are not politically prioritized.
Year Published 2017
Language English
Link http://www.ipes-food.org/images/Reports/Health_FullReport.pdf

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Women, Agroecology & Gender Equality

Title Women, Agroecology & Gender Equality
Contributor Focus on the Global South
Content This booklet from Focus on the Global South, is intended to serve as a basic background resource for grassroots groups, to make links between gender and agroecology, and to understand agroecology’s potential to address gender inequalities.
Year Published 2017
Language English
Link https://focusweb.org/content/women-agroecology-gender-equality

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Investments in small-scale sustainable agriculture

Title Investments in small-scale sustainable agriculture
Contributor More and Better
Content This 32 page report gives an overview of the global situation of investments in agriculture. It provides examples from several countries and present recommendations for future investments in small-scale sustainable agriculture.

  • The aim of the report is to:
    Increase knowledge, awareness and discussions about investments in small-scale sustainable agriculture among farmers’ organizations, NGOs, institutions and investors working in agriculture, especially in developing countries, as well as decision-makers and institutions in OECD-countries dealing with official development assistance (ODA).
  • Contribute to increased public and private investments in small-scale sustainable agriculture.
Year Published 2017
Language English
Link https://ag-transition.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/02/Investments_in_agriculture_MaB_WEB.pdf

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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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Agroecology and Sustainable Development

Title Agroecology and Sustainable Development
Contributor Caritas France
Content This report primarily focuses on agroecology projects and the views of Caritas France’s partners in the Global South. The wide range of practices is tailored to providing local solutions for sustainable agriculture in myriad different regions. All the initiatives are built on the principles of empowerment, action, resilience and integration of the social dimension.
Year Published 2017
Language English
Link http://www.secours-catholique.org/sites/scinternet/files/publications/sccf_agroeco2016_en.pdf

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Report of the Special Rapporteur on the right to food

Title Report of the Special Rapporteur on the right to food
Contributor Human Rights Council
Content The report was written by Special Rapporteur on the Right to Food, Hilal Elver, in collaboration with the Special Rapporteur on the implications for human rights of the environmentally sound management and disposal of hazardous substances and wastes. In the report, a clearer account is provided of global pesticide use in agriculture and its impact on human rights; the negative consequences that pesticide practices have had on human health, the environment and society, which are underreported and monitored in the shadow of a prevailing and narrow focus on “food security”, are described; and the environmental and human rights regimes are examined to determine whether the constituent rules are sufficient to protect farm workers, consumers, and vulnerable groups, as well as the natural resources that are necessary to support sustainable food systems.

The report concludes with a set of important recommendations, which include – among the others – a call  to the international community to work on a comprehensive binding treaty to regulate and reduce the use of hazardous pesticides  taking into account human rights principles, the promotion of agroecology, the development of national action plans that support alternative sustainable practices.

Author/s Special Rapporteur on the implications for human rights of the environmentally sound management and disposal of hazardous substances and wastes, Special Rapporteur on the Right to Food
Year Published 2017
Language English
Link https://documents-dds-ny.un.org/doc/UNDOC/GEN/G17/017/85/PDF/G1701785.pdf?OpenElement

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