A ‘green revolution’ that may save Filipino coconut farmers

Title A ‘green revolution’ that may save Filipino coconut farmers
Contributor Rappler
Author Rappler
Content In agroforestry, farmers plant more than one type of crop and in different heights – a concept called multi-storey cropping. Like in the Marjes’ farm, you’ll find coconut trees or tall fruit trees watching over everything.
In lower levels are shorter fruit trees, coffee or cacao trees, and herbal plants. On the ground are pineapples, tuber and root crops like cassava, potato, and peanut.
Type of initiative Article
Year Published
Language English
Asia PHILIPPINES
Link http://www.rappler.com/science-nature/environment/120326-agroforestry-intercropping-coconut-farmers-quezon

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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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Agro-ecology: beyond food

Title Agro-ecology: beyond food
Contributor AgriculturesNetwork
Author Cristian Timmermann, Georges Felix
Content Some may view indigenous communities as being conservative and backwards. However, the Kabekwa in Costa Rica show that such communities can be adaptable and innovative. In response to changing circumstances, this community has been adapting its farming practices constantly, benefiting from it in multiple ways.
Type of initiative Case Studies
Year Published
Language English
North America COSTA RICA
Link http://www.agriculturesnetwork.org/magazines/global/family-farming/agroecology-beyond-food

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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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Participatory Guarantee System and Analog Forestry

Title Participatory Guarantee System and Analog Forestry
Contributor AgriCultures Network, ILEIA
Author Cavan Gates, Eduardo Aguilar
Content Besides providing for many of our needs, forests play a pivotal role in providing ecosystem services, ranging from biodiversity conservation to climate regulation. Yet over the last decade the world has lost an average of more than 5 million hectares of forests every year. Different examples show that marketing forest products can have a very positive impact, leading to higher incomes and also to healthier ecosystems.
Type of initiative Article
Year Published
Language English
Asia SRI LANKA
Africa CAMEROON
Link http://www.agriculturesnetwork.org/magazines/global/markets/pgs

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Sri Lanka Analog Forestry

Title Sri Lanka Analog Forestry
Contributor Development Fund
Author Development Fund
Content This report highlights the extent to which the small farmers were able to adapt to the impacts of climate change variations by establishing analog forests in their land holdings.
Type of initiative Case Studies
Year Published 2008
Language English
Asia SRI LANKA
Link http://tinyurl.com/c5oxypb

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