Agroecology. The Bold Future of Farming in Africa

Title Agroecology. The Bold Future of Farming in Africa
Contributor AFSA, TOAM
Author AFSA, TOAM
Content A publication launched by the African Alliance for Food Sovereignty, showcasing the huge potential of Agroecology to feed Africa, fix broken food systems and repair damaged landscapes, providing abundant healthy and nutritious food sustainably while increasing incomes and improving climate resilience. The publication also illustrates 15 case studies.
Type of initiative Case Studies, Report
Year Published 2017
Language English
Africa ETHIOPIA, GHANA, KENYA, MALAWI, TOGO, UGANDA, Zimbabwe
Link http://afsafrica.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/02/Agroecology-the-bold-future-of-farming-in-Africa-ebook1.pdf

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How Yapuchiris build climate resilience

Title How Yapuchiris build climate resilience
Contributor ILEIA
Author Luis Carlos Aguilar, Tania Ricaldi Arévalo
Content Dealing with the uncertainties of changing climates is a challenge faced by farmers around the world. Near Cochabamba in Bolivia’s Andean high plateau, a group of agroecological farmers are leading the way by developing and sharing innovative practices that help their communities break out of the vicious cycle of increased poverty and vulnerability. But challenges remain…
Type of initiative Case Studies
Year Published
Language English
South America BOLIVIA
Link http://www.agriculturesnetwork.org/magazines/global/resilience-faces/yapuchiris

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Youth and agriculture: It’s up to us

Title Youth and agriculture: It’s up to us
Contributor Dinesh Panday
Author Author
Content With a population of more than 28 million, Nepal is one of the poorest countries in Asia. But it is enormously rich in terms of biodiversity and natural resources, and agriculture plays a very important role in the country’s economy. It is also very rich in another way: young people make up 40 percent of the population. The problem is that young people don’t seem to be interested in agriculture.
Type of initiative Case Studies
Year Published
Language English
Asia NEPAL
Link http://www.agriculturesnetwork.org/magazines/global/markets/youth-and-agriculture-dinesh-panday

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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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From farmer-pastoralist conflicts to profitable alliances

Title From farmer-pastoralist conflicts to profitable alliances
Contributor AgriculturesNetwork
Author Charles Kacho
Content The area around Wum in the Northwest Province of Cameroon is notorious as a conflict hotspot. As pressure increases on available land, conflicts occur more frequently between sedentary family farmers and pastoral communities. Farmer-pastoralist alliances are helping to resolve the conflicts by transforming the relationships between these families.
Type of initiative Case Studies
Year Published
Language English
Africa CAMEROON
Link http://www.agriculturesnetwork.org/magazines/global/family-farming/dialogue-and-collaboration

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“We are a political and economic force”

Title “We are a political and economic force”
Contributor AgriCultures Network
Author Teresa Gianella
Content About 23 years ago, in Santiago del Estero, a province in the north of Argentina, the Peasant Movement of Santiago del Estero Via Campesina (MOCASE -VC) was established. One of its leaders is Deo Sumaj, an impressive peasant woman of the Vilela indigenous people. “Peasant family farming could provide many answers to the crises that humanity faces.”
Type of initiative Interview
Year Published
Language English
South America ARGENTINA
Link http://www.agriculturesnetwork.org/magazines/global/family-farming/interview-deo-sumaj

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Farming for nutrition: – back to the future

Title Farming for nutrition: – back to the future
Contributor ILEIA
Author Edith van Walsum
Content Nutrition has become one of the buzz words of the year, like resilience, and landscapes. What they have in common is that they refer to complex situations with political forces competing over the backs of rural and urban communities. The nutrition challenge is clear – with a billion hungry people on this planet and another two billion overweight – it is time to act. Persistent hunger and undernutrition are inexcusable in a world of plenty. But the crucial question is: who should act and how?
Type of initiative Article
Year Published
Language English
Link http://www.agriculturesnetwork.org/magazines/global/reclaiming-nutrition/editorial

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Food fairs revive local food and nutrition

Title Food fairs revive local food and nutrition
Contributor ILEIA
Author Bernard Guri, Patricia Dianon
Content Food fairs are an important tool and space to promote food sovereignty as they take place in local public spaces and within people’s own socio-cultural settings. One excellent example was a food fair in Ghana, organised by the Centre for Indigenous Knowledge and Organisational Development (CIKOD). Women farmers exhibited traditional crops and foods, emphasising their importance for local and national food and nutrition security. The fair reminded community and political leaders of the value of neglected traditional foods. Some years later, it can be seen how this and subsequent food fairs helped to ensure the improved integration of traditional foods and agroecological farming into national food security plans.
Type of initiative Case Studies
Year Published
Language English
Africa GHANA
Link http://www.agriculturesnetwork.org/magazines/global/reclaiming-nutrition/promoting-traditional-food

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The Mother of Our Breath

Title The Mother of Our Breath
Contributor Agriculturesnetwork.org
Author Robert V. Bishop and ILIEA
Content Women have been the nurturers of the family and providers of food on land, while men have been providers from the sea. Children are expected to help their parents and other elders in their different tasks. This is the story of the Paulauan traditional family farming system in the western most regions of the Caroline Islands in the Republic of Palau.
Type of initiative Case Studies
Year Published
Language English
Asia Taiwan
Oceania PALAU
Link http://www.agriculturesnetwork.org/magazines/global/family-farming/palau-family-values

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Finding a way out of the maize

Title Finding a way out of the maize
Contributor ILEIA
Author Mary Mwendwa
Content Recurring drought and crop failure in many parts of the world have led to food and nutrition insecurity, and a dependence on food aid. But recently, some farmers in Kenya have been developing their own sustainable way to secure enough nutritious food along with extra income so that they can send their children to school. Traditional drought tolerant, nutritious crops such as cassava, sorghum and millet that were losing popularity due to a surge in maize production are again becoming commonplace, with reliable harvests improving diets and income.
Type of initiative Case Studies
Year Published
Language English
Africa KENYA
Link http://www.agriculturesnetwork.org/magazines/global/reclaiming-nutrition/returning-to-traditional-crops

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