Peasant to peasant: The social movement form of agroecology

Title Peasant to peasant: The social movement form of agroecology
Contributor ILEIA
Author Nils McCune
Content After the electoral defeat of the Sandinistas in 1990, former land owners returned to Nicaragua from the USA. They began to take back their former estates through legal and less than legal manoeuvering, driving many rural people off the land they had been cultivating. This ‘agrarian counter-reform’ as it became known, left many hundreds of people landless in its wake during the 1990s and early 2000s. Now a national union has adopted agroecology and is leading the way for peasant farmers to collectively work their way out of poverty and towards a more resilient model of agriculture.
Type of initiative
Year Published
Language English
South America Nicaragua
Link http://www.agriculturesnetwork.org/magazines/global/resilience-faces/peasant-to-peasant

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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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Measuring farmer’s agroecological resistance in the wake of Hurricane Mitch

Title Measuring farmer’s agroecological resistance in the wake of Hurricane Mitch
Contributor IIED
Author Eric Holt-Gimenez
Content This study, published in 2001 by IIED, is the outcome of a participatory action research carried out in cooperation with the Campesino a Campesino, a farmer-led sustainable agriculture movement in Latin America. It compares the sustainability of conventional to agroecological farms after Hurricane Mitch, covering  360 communities of smallholders from southern Nicaragua to eastern Guatemala.

Type of initiative Case Studies
Year Published
Language
South America Guatemala, Nicaragua
Link http://tinyurl.com/dx7jy2h

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