Agroecology and the right to food – Interview with Olivier De Schutter

Title Agroecology and the right to food – Interview with Olivier De Schutter
Contributor ILEIA
Author Margriet Goris
Content Interview > Olivier De Schutter – “Agroecology is really common sense. It means understanding how nature works, to replicate the natural workings of nature on farms in order to reduce dependency on external inputs. Agroecology preserves the ability for future generations to feed themselves. I believe we should teach more about agroecology and encourage exchanges between farmers. We cannot continue in this impasse of an oil dependent food production system.”
Type of initiative Interview
Year Published
Language English
Link http://www.agriculturesnetwork.org/magazines/global/resilience-faces/interview-olivier-de-schutter

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Farming for nutrition: – back to the future

Title Farming for nutrition: – back to the future
Contributor ILEIA
Author Edith van Walsum
Content Nutrition has become one of the buzz words of the year, like resilience, and landscapes. What they have in common is that they refer to complex situations with political forces competing over the backs of rural and urban communities. The nutrition challenge is clear – with a billion hungry people on this planet and another two billion overweight – it is time to act. Persistent hunger and undernutrition are inexcusable in a world of plenty. But the crucial question is: who should act and how?
Type of initiative Article
Year Published
Language English
Link http://www.agriculturesnetwork.org/magazines/global/reclaiming-nutrition/editorial

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Turning vicious circles into virtuous cycles

Title Turning vicious circles into virtuous cycles
Contributor ILEIA
Author Edith van Walsum
Content We have read about poverty, vulnerability and resilience of family farming. The articles in this issue of Farming Matters have shown that there is an urgent need for a change in mindset regarding family farming, agriculture and food systems. And resilience must be the central concept in this new thinking.
Type of initiative Article
Year Published
Language English
Link http://www.agriculturesnetwork.org/magazines/global/resilience-faces/from-vulnerability-to-resilience

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Locally rooted: ideas and iniatives from the field

Title Locally rooted: ideas and iniatives from the field
Contributor AgriculturesNetwork
Author ILEIA
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.
Type of initiative Article, Case Studies
Year Published
Language English
Asia NEPAL
Africa KENYA, LIBERIA
South America Guatemala
Link http://www.agriculturesnetwork.org/magazines/global/family-farming/locally-rooted

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Ten qualities of family farming

Title Ten qualities of family farming
Contributor AgriculturesNetwork
Author Jan Douwe van der Ploeg
Content Even in the International Year of Family Farming there is confusion about family farming. What is it, and what distinguishes it from entrepreneurial farming or family agribusiness? The confusion tends to be highest in places where the modernisation of agriculture has led society further away from farming. Jan Douwe van der Ploeg takes us into the world of family farming, which he says is considered to be “both archaic and anarchic, and attractive and seductive.
Type of initiative Article
Year Published
Language English
Link http://www.agriculturesnetwork.org/magazines/global/family-farming/theme-overview

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Entrevista a Norman Uphoff

Title Entrevista a Norman Uphoff
Contributor AgriCultures Network, ILEIA
Author ILEIA
Content Entre 1990 y 2005, Norman Uphoff, profesor emérito de Gobierno y de Agricultura Internacional en la Universidad de Cornell, se desempeñó como director del Instituto Internacional de Cornell para la Alimentación, la Agricultura y el Desarrollo (CIIFAD por sus siglas en inglés). Durante este tiempo se familiarizó con el SICA, en inglés System of Rice Intensification-SRI) en Madagascar, y se dio cuenta de que “algo raro estaba pasando”, ya que los agricultores obtuvieron rendimientos medios de ocho toneladas de arroz por hectárea, en lugar de sus habituales dos toneladas.
Type of initiative Interview
Year Published
Language Español
Link http://www.agriculturesnetwork.org/magazines/latin-america/el-sica/entrevista-norman-uphoff

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“SRI is something unprecedented”

Title “SRI is something unprecedented”
Contributor AgriCultures Network, ILEIA
Author ILEIA
Content Interview with Norman Uphoff, Professor Emeritus of Government and International Agriculture at Cornell University, former director of the Cornell International Institute for Food, Agriculture, and Development (CIIFAD) from 1990 to 2005. During this time he became acquainted with the System of Rice Intensification (SRI) in Madagascar, and realised that “something unusual was going on” as farmers were obtaining average paddy yields of eight tons per hectare instead of their usual two tons. Recognising the huge potential benefits, he has been working ever since to promote the testing, evaluation and understanding of SRI. “People can overestimate my role as easily as they can underestimate it… the truth is that the actual work has been done by thousands of people around the world.”
Type of initiative Interview
Year Published
Language English
Link http://www.agriculturesnetwork.org/magazines/global/sri/interview-norman-uphoff

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Farming Matters

Title Farming Matters
Contributor AgriCultures Network, ILEIA
Author ILEIA
Content However we look at it, the System of Rice Intensification, or SRI, is a major success story. While researchers are still debating its relevance, more and more people are getting to know about it, and more and more farmers are harvesting the results.

From Madagascar to more than 50 countries, and from rice to other crops, the dissemination of SRI has been impressive. This is a fascinating case study of innovation from below, involving local authorities, “champions”, extension agents and millions of farmers.

Farming Matters is a 42 page full colour magazine about sustainable agriculture with experiences of family farmers around the world, news about agro-ecology and with more than 150.000 readers globally.

Type of initiative Report
Year Published
Language
Link http://www.agriculturesnetwork.org/magazines/global/sri

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ReFARM – Resilience Framework for Agriculture and Risk Management Database

Title ReFARM – Resilience Framework for Agriculture and Risk Management Database
Contributor ReFARM
Author
Content Bioversity and CCAFS recently conducted a systematic review to explore the role of diversification in agricultural systems for increasing the resilience of smallholder farmers in confronting the risks associated with changing climates.

Building upon these initiatives, the Platform for Agrobiodiversity Research is now hosting a new tool, the ReFARM (the Resilience Framework for Agriculture and Risk Management) Database, to feature hundreds of reviewed case studies, accommodate more as the effort expands, and allow easily searches according to different categories including scale, climate risks, types of diversifications, and outcome.

Type of initiative Case Studies
Year Published
Language
Link http://agrobiodiversityplatform.org/refarm/

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A Fundamentally Transformed Model for Global Agriculture to Prioritize Nutrition

Title A Fundamentally Transformed Model for Global Agriculture to Prioritize Nutrition
Contributor Worldwatch Institute
Author Daniel Bornstein
Content Daniel Bornstein is a student at Dartmouth College interested in global food security. He has written columns on international development issues for PolicyMic.com, the Merrick Herald (Merrick, N.Y.), and College News Magazine. He was named a national semifinalist in the 2010 Intel Science Talent Search for his research on poplar’s viability as a biofuel—a potential alternative to the corn-based ethanol that drives up world food prices.
Type of initiative Article
Year Published
Language English
Link http://blogs.worldwatch.org/nourishingtheplanet/a-fundamentally-transformed-model-for-global-agriculture-to-prioritize-nutrition/

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