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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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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Youth and agriculture: new think-tanks for family farming

Title Youth and agriculture: new think-tanks for family farming
Contributor AgriculturesNetwork
Author Ariel Djomakon, Lucile Gentil, Moubarakatou Tassou
Content Three young authors associated with the Africa Family Farming Workshops write about the importance of creating a dialogue between family farmers, scientists and policy makers. The Africa Family Farming Workshops is an interdisciplinary, regional think-tank that facilitates innovative collaboration.
Type of initiative Report
Year Published
Language English
Africa BENIN
Link http://www.agriculturesnetwork.org/magazines/global/family-farming/think-thanks-for-family-farming

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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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La Durette, a pilot agroecological farm

Title La Durette, a pilot agroecological farm
Contributor GRAB (Groupe de Recherche en Agriculture Biologique)
Author François Warlop
Content La Durette is a pilot farm in agroecology located in Avignon, France. Its aim is to set up innovative mediterranean agricultural systems, mixing crops under agroforestry in various designs – mainly fruits and vegetables, and integrating animals into the systems. 

The 5-hectares farm will be managed by 2 farmers from 2015 on, in order to see if such innovative complex systems are easy to manage, and still competitive.

Type of initiative Research
Year Published
Language Français
Europe FRANCE
Link http://www.grab.fr/wp-content/uploads/2011/04/dossier-Durette-oct-13.pdf

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“We need to support what farmers are already doing”

Title “We need to support what farmers are already doing”
Contributor AgriCultures Network, ILEIA
Author ILEIA
Content Interview with Medius Bihunirwa, head of the Farmer Enterprise Development Unit at Kabarole Research and Resource Centre (KRC), Uganda. Medius works with smallholder farmers, enhancing the quality of their produce and improving their access to markets. In her role as member and researcher of the Hivos/IIED Knowledge Network, she has delved deeper into the concept of farmer agency and their interest in being part of a value chain.
Type of initiative Interview
Year Published
Language English
Africa UGANDA
Link http://www.agriculturesnetwork.org/magazines/global/markets/interview-medius-bihunirwa

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A new tool for improving organic cotton yields in Africa

Title A new tool for improving organic cotton yields in Africa
Contributor PAN UK
Author Damien Sanfilippo, Davo Simplice Vodouhê, Gervais Assogba, PAN UK, Robert Mensah
Content A report on studies into the development of a novel pest management tool for organic cotton undertaken by PAN UK and their partners in Benin, West Africa, between 2006 and 2008. This food spray product can be used alongside other biological tools to attract, conserve and utilize beneficial insects. Yields of cotton obtained were equivalent to those obtained using conventional insecticides.
Type of initiative Case Studies
Year Published
Language English
Africa BENIN
Link http://www.pan-uk.org/pestnews/Issue/pn84/PN84_6-9.pdf

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Seeking convergence on agroecology- a conference impression

Title Seeking convergence on agroecology- a conference impression
Contributor ILEIA
Author Janneke Bruil, Leonardo van den Berg
Content Whoever thought that agroecology is only gaining momentum as an agricultural practice, science and movement in Latin America, is wrong. A two day conference in June 2013 clearly depicted the richness of agroecology in Europe- as well as the challenges and opportunities.

Initiated by scientific network ENSSER, the meeting convened politicians, activists, officials, seed breeders, a small number of farmers and interested citizens. The variety of initiatives that were shared, on farming with nature and on farmer-consumer/citizen initiatives in Europe, was quite overwhelming.

What stood out was the consensus on the need to move from a ‘productivist’ to a ‘sufficiency’ paradigm, to cross-fertilise agroecology with food sovereignty and to co-create knowledge, especially with farmers.

Type of initiative Report
Year Published
Language English
Link http://www.agriculturesnetwork.org/resources/extra/news/agroecology-europe

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Entrevista a Norman Uphoff

Title Entrevista a Norman Uphoff
Contributor AgriCultures Network, ILEIA
Author ILEIA
Content Entre 1990 y 2005, Norman Uphoff, profesor emérito de Gobierno y de Agricultura Internacional en la Universidad de Cornell, se desempeñó como director del Instituto Internacional de Cornell para la Alimentación, la Agricultura y el Desarrollo (CIIFAD por sus siglas en inglés). Durante este tiempo se familiarizó con el SICA, en inglés System of Rice Intensification-SRI) en Madagascar, y se dio cuenta de que “algo raro estaba pasando”, ya que los agricultores obtuvieron rendimientos medios de ocho toneladas de arroz por hectárea, en lugar de sus habituales dos toneladas.
Type of initiative Interview
Year Published
Language Español
Link http://www.agriculturesnetwork.org/magazines/latin-america/el-sica/entrevista-norman-uphoff

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¿Loco? ¡De ninguna manera!

Title ¿Loco? ¡De ninguna manera!
Contributor AgriCultures Network, ILEIA
Author ILEIA
Content Aunque difícilmente se alcanza lo suficiente para satisfacer la demanda nacional, la producción de arroz en el Perú es alta, lo que refleja un sistema de producción aparentemente eficiente. Trabajando en conjunto con otros agricultores, y no siempre con el sistema nacional de investigación y extensión, las iniciativas de los agricultores están demostrando que una manera mucho más eficiente de producir arroz posible.
Type of initiative Case Studies
Year Published
Language Español
South America PERU
Link http://www.agriculturesnetwork.org/magazines/latin-america/el-sica/loco-de-ninguna-manera

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