Youth and agriculture: German youth struggle for land

Title Youth and agriculture: German youth struggle for land
Contributor ILEIA
Author Paula Gioia
Content ‘Land grabbing’ has grabbed people’s attention in recent years, but this phenomenon is not restricted to developing countries. In the heart of Europe, young German farmers like Paula Giola are also struggling to retain and regain access to farmland.
Type of initiative Article
Year Published
Language English
Europe GERMANY
Link http://www.agriculturesnetwork.org/magazines/global/resilience-faces/german-youth-land-struggle

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La Durette, a pilot agroecological farm

Title La Durette, a pilot agroecological farm
Contributor GRAB (Groupe de Recherche en Agriculture Biologique)
Author François Warlop
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.

Type of initiative Research
Year Published
Language Français
Europe FRANCE
Link http://www.grab.fr/wp-content/uploads/2011/04/dossier-Durette-oct-13.pdf

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Old traditions, new practices

Title Old traditions, new practices
Contributor AgriCultures Network, ILEIA
Author Katrien van’t Hooft
Content The August 2012 issue of De Boerderij, a popular magazine for Dutch farmers, showed how “innovative farmers are increasingly successful in finding their consumers”. More than 3,300 farmers (out of a countrywide total of 67,000) are selling their products directly to consumers, bypassing supermarkets in the process. And this number is growing fast. The age-old practice of direct marketing is coming back to the Netherlands, and consumers are playing an important role.
Type of initiative Case Studies
Year Published
Language English
Europe NETHERLANDS
Link http://www.agriculturesnetwork.org/magazines/global/markets/old-traditions-new-practices

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Seeking convergence on agroecology- a conference impression

Title Seeking convergence on agroecology- a conference impression
Contributor ILEIA
Author Janneke Bruil, Leonardo van den Berg
Content Whoever thought that agroecology is only gaining momentum as an agricultural practice, science and movement in Latin America, is wrong. A two day conference in June 2013 clearly depicted the richness of agroecology in Europe- as well as the challenges and opportunities.

Initiated by scientific network ENSSER, the meeting convened politicians, activists, officials, seed breeders, a small number of farmers and interested citizens. The variety of initiatives that were shared, on farming with nature and on farmer-consumer/citizen initiatives in Europe, was quite overwhelming.

What stood out was the consensus on the need to move from a ‘productivist’ to a ‘sufficiency’ paradigm, to cross-fertilise agroecology with food sovereignty and to co-create knowledge, especially with farmers.

Type of initiative Report
Year Published
Language English
Link http://www.agriculturesnetwork.org/resources/extra/news/agroecology-europe

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Ecological Agriculture, Climate Resilience and a Roadmap to Get There

Title Ecological Agriculture, Climate Resilience and a Roadmap to Get There
Contributor Third World Network
Author Doreen Stabinsky and Lim Li Ching
Content Environment and Development Series No. 14.
This paper looks at how ecological agriculture, by building healthy soils, cultivating biological diversity and improving water harvesting and management, can strengthen farmers’ capacity to adapt to climate change. Accordingly, the authors call for a reorientation of policy, funding and research priorities from the dominant industrial agriculture model to ecological agriculture.
Type of initiative Article
Year Published
Language English
Link http://www.twnside.org.sg/title/end/pdf/end14.pdf

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Designing and Disseminating Ecological Production Systems for Perennials: Organic Olive Production in Crete

Title Designing and Disseminating Ecological Production Systems for Perennials: Organic Olive Production in Crete
Contributor agroecology.org
Author E. Kabourakis, NAGREF
Content Olive production is a major crop in the Mediterranean region. Organic olive production offers agroecological and socioeconomic advantages. A prototyping design methodology was used to design, introduce, test and disseminate ecological olive production systems
Type of initiative Case Studies
Year Published 2001
Language English
Europe GREECE
Link http://www.agroecology.org/Case%20Studies/Crete.html

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Biological Control of Lygus rugulipennis in Italy

Title Biological Control of Lygus rugulipennis in Italy
Contributor agroecology.org
Author Gianumberto Accinelli
Content Use a technique with a low level of environmental impact for the management of Lygus rugulipennis, a very harmful pest for many crops, especially lettuce, in Italy.
Type of initiative Case Studies
Year Published 2000
Language English
Europe ITALY
Link http://www.agroecology.org/Case%20Studies/Lygus.html

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Interaction between Agricultural and Natural Systems in the Mediterranean Landscape of Apulia, Italy

Title Interaction between Agricultural and Natural Systems in the Mediterranean Landscape of Apulia, Italy
Contributor agroecology.org
Author Raffaele Lafortezza
Content This study has developed a comprehensive framework that incorporates landscape ecological principles and GIS analysis in the planning and design of more sustainable agricultural systems in the Mediterranean landscape of Apulia (Southern Italy)
Type of initiative Case Studies
Year Published 2001
Language English
Europe ITALY
Link http://www.agroecology.org/Case%20Studies/Apulia.html

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Nematodes in the “Tierra Estella” zone of Navarra, Spain

Title Nematodes in the “Tierra Estella” zone of Navarra, Spain
Contributor agroecology.org
Author Carmelo Perez
Content The object of this study is to see the presence of nematodes in the soils of the areas of Ayegui, Muniain de la Solana, Sesma, Sartaguda and Andosilla.
Type of initiative Case Studies
Year Published 2001
Language English
Europe SPAIN
Link http://www.agroecology.org/Case%20Studies/nematodes.html

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Beyond battery cages: a humane, sustainable model of egg production in The Netherlands

Title Beyond battery cages: a humane, sustainable model of egg production in The Netherlands
Contributor World Society for the Protection of Animals
Author World Society for the Protection of Animals
Content Anticipating the disappearance of battery cages, alternative, more humane and sustainable methods of egg production have been and are being devel -oped. One up-and-coming example is the Roundel, a concept in The Netherlands that became operational in 2010 and is success-fully expanding. This case study shows its social, environmental and economic benefits – and the unique partnership between business, scientists and civil society that lay the foundation to its success.
Type of initiative Case Studies
Year Published 2011
Language English
Europe NETHERLANDS
Link http://tinyurl.com/7lpchvt

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