Agroforestry to Improve Farm Productivity in Mali

Title Agroforestry to Improve Farm Productivity in Mali
Contributor Oakland Institute
Author Oakland Institute
Content A research project on improved fallows examined how short-term rotations of selected perennial tree and shrub species impact cereal yields and soil quality in subsistence maize cropping systems. The effects of improved fallows on maize yields were significant when combining a tree species (Gliricidia) and a nitrogen-fixing legume (Stylosanthes). The results suggest that this innovative agroforestry strategy holds significant promise for enhancing soil fertility, maize yields and food security throughout Mali and sub-Saharan Africa.
Type of initiative Case Studies
Year Published 2015
Language English
Africa MALI
Link http://www.oaklandinstitute.org/sites/oaklandinstitute.org/files/Agroforestry_Mali.pdf

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Agroforesterie pour la sécurité alimentaire au Malawi

Title Agroforesterie pour la sécurité alimentaire au Malawi
Contributor Oakland Institute
Author Oakland Institute
Content Le Malawi est confronté à une myriade de problèmes environnementaux, sociaux et sanitaires, y compris l’insécurité alimentaire, la dégradation des terres et la déforestation. Un programme d’agroforesterie promeut la plantation d’arbres pour augmenter les rendements des cultures dans les sols épuisés, lutter contre la déforestation et autonomiser les femmes.
Type of initiative Case Studies
Year Published 2015
Language English, French
Africa MALAWI
Link http://www.oaklandinstitute.org/sites/oaklandinstitute.org/files/Securite_Alimentare_Malawi.pdf

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Agroforestry for Food Security in Malawi

Title Agroforestry for Food Security in Malawi
Contributor Oakland Institute
Author Oakland Institute
Content Malawi faces myriad of environmental, social, and human health challenges, including food insecurity, land degradation and deforestation. An agroforestry program promotes tree planting to increase crop yields in previously depleted soils, reverse deforestation, and empower women.
This case study is part of a series of 33 case studies with a focus on Agroeocology produced by the Oakland Institute and co-published with the Alliance for Food Sovereignty in Africa (AFSA).

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Type of initiative Case Studies
Year Published 2015
Language English, French
Africa MALAWI
Link http://www.oaklandinstitute.org/sites/oaklandinstitute.org/files/Food_Security_Malawi.pdf

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Agroecology and Water Harvesting in Zimbabwe

Title Agroecology and Water Harvesting in Zimbabwe
Contributor Oakland Institute
Author Oakland Institute
Content Since the late 1960s, Zephaniah Phiri Maseko has pioneered a unique, innovative vision for community and agricultural development through judicious water management; his system has been widely adopted across the country, increasing agricultural productivity and resilience in this semi-arid region.
Type of initiative Case Studies
Year Published
Language English
Africa Zimbabwe
Link http://www.oaklandinstitute.org/sites/oaklandinstitute.org/files/Water_Harvesting_Zimbabwe.pdf

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Addressing the Challenges of Food Insecurity and Environmental Degradation in Zambia

Title Addressing the Challenges of Food Insecurity and Environmental Degradation in Zambia
Contributor Oakland Institute
Author Oakland Institute
Content Community Markets for Conservation (COMACO) has helped people address the challenges of food insecurity and environmental degradation while conserving wildlife and other natural resources. COMACO is one of the few programs that operate at the scale of an entire ecosystem—contributing to increased wildlife numbers, better protected habitats, improved food security, and better incomes.

This case study was produced by the Oakland Institute. It is copublished by the Oakland Institute and the Alliance for Food Sovereignty in Africa AFSA). A full set of case studies can be found at www.oaklandinstitute.org and www.afsafrica.org

Type of initiative Case Studies
Year Published
Language English
Africa ZAMBIA
Link http://www.oaklandinstitute.org/addressing-environmental-degradation

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Bees bring a new buzz to family farming in Zimbabwe

Title Bees bring a new buzz to family farming in Zimbabwe
Contributor ILEIA
Author Chipo Gono
Content One way that family farmers improve their resilience to both climatic and economic shocks is to diversify what is produced. More and different crops and livestock, particularly local varieties and breeds are being promoted. Two other options stand out too – bees and trees. These have the added advantages of complementing the production of agricultural crops and enhancing the agroecosystem. In Zimbabwe, the Ruzivo Trust has been promoting beekeeping, and the results are showing the sweet taste of success. Bees can help farmers break out of poverty.
Type of initiative Case Studies
Year Published
Language English
Africa Zimbabwe
Link http://www.agriculturesnetwork.org/magazines/global/resilience-faces/diversifying-with-bees-zimbabwe

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Moving from vulnerability to resilience in Africa

Title Moving from vulnerability to resilience in Africa
Contributor ILEIA
Author Peter Gubbels
Content In August 2012, the Seidu family had to cope with the bad harvest. Like many farming families in northern Ghana, they had to adopt the ‘one-zero-one’ strategy for the children and the ‘zero-zero-one’ strategy for themselves. ‘One’ represents a meal, ‘zero’ is no meal. So during the lean season, their four children had breakfast in the morning, nothing at midday, and a meal in the evening.
Type of initiative Article
Year Published
Language English
Africa GHANA
Link http://www.agriculturesnetwork.org/magazines/global/resilience-faces/theme-overview-building-resilience

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Home nurseries: Viable businesses with environmental awareness

Title Home nurseries: Viable businesses with environmental awareness
Contributor ILEIA
Author Mohammed El Hassan Ali
Content Butana is a dry plateau in northern Sudan, east of the river Nile. Covering 65,000 square kilometres, less than 10% can be described as ‘woodland’ in the vaguest sense of the word, and even these trees are disappearing rapidly. The Butana Integrated Rural Development Project began in 2008 with the aim of supporting the livelihoods of poor family farmers by strengthening their resilience in the face of recurrent droughts. And improving tree cover was a key means of achieving this.
Type of initiative Case Studies
Year Published
Language English
Africa SUDAN
Link http://www.agriculturesnetwork.org/magazines/global/resilience-faces/diversifying-with-trees

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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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From slash and burn to ‘slash and mulch’

Title From slash and burn to ‘slash and mulch’
Contributor ILEIA
Author Georges Felix
Content In semi-arid cropping regions of West Africa, fallow periods are getting shorter. As land becomes more scarce, farmers are not able to give their soils enough time to rest. This is leading to depletion of soil organic matter, severely threatening soil fertility and damaging soil structure. In the worst cases, crops hardly yield anything anymore. But this is not an option for family farmers. In Burkina Faso, some have found ways to restore their soils that have been dubbed ‘slash and mulch’. The improvement and spread of these techniques also proves the importance of partnerships between farmers and researchers in developing locally suited practices.
Type of initiative Case Studies
Year Published
Language English
Africa BURKINA FASO
Link http://www.agriculturesnetwork.org/magazines/global/soils-for-life/slash-and-mulch

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