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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Tackling Hidden Hunger. Putting Diet Diversification at the Centre

Title Tackling Hidden Hunger. Putting Diet Diversification at the Centre
Contributor Third World Network
Content The scourge of “hidden hunger” or micronutrient deficiency affects around two billion people worldwide who lack adequate intake of vitamins and minerals in their diet. While several international and regional initiatives are underway to combat malnutrition, and specifically micronutrient deficiency, these have largely focused on the approaches of nutrient supplementation and food fortification at the expense of dietary diversification, considered the most durable solution to hidden hunger. The development of nutritionally enhanced genetically engineered crops, such as “Golden Rice”, has further attracted controversy and raises serious biosafety concerns.

For a global strategy on nutrition to be successful, this book argues, it must place central emphasis on diversifying diets. Towards this end, sustainable farming practices based on agricultural biodiversity, such as agroecology, are key to providing the rich variety of foods that will keep hidden hunger at bay.

Source: http://www.twn.my/title2/books/TacklingHiddenHunger.htm

 

Author/s Juan Lopez Villar
Year Published 2015
Language English
Link https://ag-transition.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/02/TacklingHiddenHunger.pdf

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Agroecology: key concepts, principles and practices

Title Agroecology: key concepts, principles and practices
Contributor SOCLA, TWN
Content Recognizing the urgent need for capacity building in agroecology the Third World Network organized training courses to equip key actors with a comprehensive understanding of the principles and concepts of agroecology and to provide evidence of success through illustrative examples. This booklet describes the main learning points from the training courses held in Indonesia (2013) and in Zambia (2015)
Year Published 2015
Language English
Link http://www.twn.my/title2/books/Agroecology.htm

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REPORT | Fostering Economic Resilience. The Financial Benefits of Ecological Farming in Kenya and Malawi

Title REPORT | Fostering Economic Resilience. The Financial Benefits of Ecological Farming in Kenya and Malawi
Contributor Greenpeace Africa
Content The evidence in this report suggests that it is more profitable for small-scale farmers in Africa to practise ecological farming that uses no chemical pesticides or fertilisers than it is to use chemicals. Presenting the results of new fieldwork in Malawi and Kenya, this report shows that farmers practising agroforestry (involving the use of natural ‘fertiliser trees’
instead of chemical fertilisers) and ‘Push-Pull’ technology, which eliminates the need for chemical pesticides) achieve higher incomes and yields than those practising chemical-intensive agriculture.
Year Published 2015
Language English
Link http://tinyurl.com/o76tqyh

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REPORT | Agroecology: building a new food system for Europe

Title REPORT | Agroecology: building a new food system for Europe
Contributor Friends of the Earth Europe
Content Introduction
Over the past 50 years, our food system has become both more globalised and more heavily dependent on cheap raw materials, chemical inputs and mechanisation. Big business has moved in, with control of our food increasingly concentrated in a handful of multinational corporations operatingthroughout the food chain. The social and environmental impacts of this system are devastating: small scale farmers and food companies worldwide are driven out of business; obesity and food poverty are rife; while taxpayers and citizens foot the bill as one food crisis follows another.

Meanwhile, as consumers, we find it more and more difficult to know what we are buying, who it has been made by, and where it comes from. Yet there are alternatives. Innovative projects seeking to reconnect producers and consumers by
promoting short food supply chains and food produced in a sustainable way can be found in most European countries. These include short supply chains, alternative food networks, local farming systems and urban gardening.
Friends of the Earth Europe and other movements and organisations believe that control of food and farming needs to be put in the hands of local people and farmers, shifting to agro ecological systems that work within environmental and equitable limits to achieve food sovereignty in Europe and the rest of the world.

Year Published 2014
Language English
Link http://tinyurl.com/pm5qpu9

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Family Farmers for Sustainable Food Systems

Title Family Farmers for Sustainable Food Systems
Contributor europeAfrica campaign
Content A report from the europeAfrica campaign showing how family farming is the basis for modern food provision in Africa.
Click here for the French version of the report.
Year Published 2013
Language English
Link http://tinyurl.com/lncobgl

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