Climate Resilience Sustainable Agriculture Experiences

Title Climate Resilience Sustainable Agriculture Experiences
Contributor ActionAid
Author
Content This document summarises case studies from ten countries through ActionAid’s approach to climate resilient sustainable agriculture, which incorporates agroecology in a human rights framework. Based on these experiences ActionAid recommends to increase investment in agroecology, as part of a comprehensive human rights based approach:

  • In particular in ensuring public agriculture research works with nature, taking cognisance of the natural ecological functioning;
  • That public agriculture scientists are encouraged to work with farmers to define their research priorities, disaggregating the priorities of male and female farmers;
  • That extension agents are trained on sustainable agronomic practices and farm management, which can have significant benefits in terms of building resilience, adapting to climate change, and improving production and food security;
  • Of course, all this needs to be underpinned by support for smallholder farmers’ organisations, including women farmers’ unions, to both engage effectively with markets and with government to influence public policy in their favour.
Type of initiative Case Studies
Year Published 2014
Language English
Asia AFGHANISTAN, BANGLADESH, CAMBODIA, CHINA, MYANMAR, NEPAL
Africa MOZAMBIQUE, RWANDA
South America BRAZIL, Nicaragua
Link https://ag-transition.org/wp-content/pdf/2014-CRSA_Experiences-September_2014_SMALL.compressed.pdf

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Rede Raízes da Mata: Strengthening links between producers and consumers

Title Rede Raízes da Mata: Strengthening links between producers and consumers
Contributor AgriCultures Network, ILEIA
Author Fabricio Vassalli Zanelli, Heitor Mancini Teixeira, Irene Maria Cardoso, Nina Abigail Caligiorne Cruz
Content As in many other parts of the world, farmers in the Zona da Mata region, in the Brazilian state of Minas Gerais, were encouraged to take up the Green Revolution package. This model also prescribed integration with the international markets. Family farmers, however, have found that this model has not brought the promised benefits. Many different efforts have led to viable alternatives. One of these is Rede Raízes da Mata (or the “Forest Roots Network”), started in 2011 as a joint initiative by a group of university students and local producers. The main goal of the network is to improve the commercialisation of local agro-ecological produce by establishing stronger links between producers and consumers.
Type of initiative Case Studies
Year Published
Language English
South America BRAZIL
Link http://www.agriculturesnetwork.org/magazines/global/markets/rede-raizes-da-mata

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Práticas Agroecológicas na Agricultura Familiar

Title Práticas Agroecológicas na Agricultura Familiar
Contributor ANAMA
Author Gustavo Martins, Luciano Matzenbacher Gutterres, Paulo Roberto Viana
Content A ONG Ação Nascente Maquiné (ANAMA), do Rio Grande do Sul, disponibiliza no seu site o manual “Práticas Agroecológicas na Agricultura Familiar”. A publicação aborda algumas práticas e técnicas que podem auxiliar pequenos agricultores a trabalharem de forma sustentável, com geração de renda e com mais qualidade de vida.
Type of initiative Manual
Year Published 2011
Language Portuguese
South America BRAZIL
Link http://tinyurl.com/kdpqkm2

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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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Climate Resilient Agriculture: Experiences from Action Aid and its partners

Title Climate Resilient Agriculture: Experiences from Action Aid and its partners
Contributor ActionAid
Author Action Aid
Content It is based on the identification of the major risks and challenges local communities face, and/or are likely to face in the near future, and on the design and implementation of site-specific adaptation strategies aimed at reducing vulnerabilities and increasing the resilience of the smallholder production systems. SEE ALSO http://www.actionaid.org/publications
Type of initiative Case Studies
Year Published 2011
Language English
Asia CAMBODIA, NEPAL
Africa KENYA, SENEGAL, SOUTH AFRICA
South America BRAZIL
Link http://tinyurl.com/8nrpcqs

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Revolving Funds for Building Water Tanks in Northeastern Brazil

Title Revolving Funds for Building Water Tanks in Northeastern Brazil
Contributor agroecology.org
Author Fabrizio Cesaretti
Content Revolving Funds represent an effective means to enable peasants families to build their own water tanks to collect rainwater from rooftops and store it during the dry season.
Type of initiative Case Studies
Year Published 1999
Language English
South America BRAZIL
Link http://www.agroecology.org/Case%20Studies/watertanks.html

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Food and Health Education in Northeastern Brazil

Title Food and Health Education in Northeastern Brazil
Contributor agroecology.org
Author Elena Giachetti
Content Educating people on nutritional and health issues promotes interest in growing home gardens and improves the quality of life in the community.
Type of initiative Case Studies
Year Published 1999
Language English
South America BRAZIL
Link http://www.agroecology.org/Case%20Studies/education.html

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Agroforestry systems managed using natural succession in South of Bahia, Brazil.

Title Agroforestry systems managed using natural succession in South of Bahia, Brazil.
Contributor agroecology.org
Author Fabiana Mongeli Peneireiro
Content Agroforestry systems managed using natural succession were tested as a strategy for improving degraded soils and as a sustainable production system in the Rainforest Region, South of Bahia, Brazil.
Type of initiative Case Studies
Year Published 1999
Language English
South America BRAZIL
Link http://www.agroecology.org/Case%20Studies/agroforestrysuccession.html

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Agroforestry islands for enhancing connectivity among forest fragments in Sao Paulo, Brazil

Title Agroforestry islands for enhancing connectivity among forest fragments in Sao Paulo, Brazil
Contributor agroecology.org
Author Flavio Bertin Gandara
Content Agroforestry in small settler farms in a very deforested landscape can enhance biological connectivity and gene flow among forest fragments. From the project “Biodiversity islands as corridors for restoration of the fragmented landscape of Pontal do Paranapanema, Sao Paulo, Brazil”, by IPE (Institute of Environmental Projects and Research – NGO) , USP (University of Sao Paulo), IF (Forestry Institute), MST (Landless Workers Movement) and COCAMP (Farmers Cooperative). 1999.
Type of initiative Case Studies
Year Published 1999
Language English
South America BRAZIL
Link http://www.agroecology.org/Case%20Studies/agroforestryislands.html

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Shade Coffee in Southeastern Brazil

Title Shade Coffee in Southeastern Brazil
Contributor agroecology.org
Author Chris Bley, Rodrigo Matta-Machado
Content Intercropping trees into coffee plantings increases biodiversity, lowers costs and provides natural nutrients for the coffee plant.
Type of initiative Case Studies
Year Published
Language English
South America BRAZIL
Link http://www.agroecology.org/Case%20Studies/coffee.html

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