Inga Alley Cropping providing land for life

Title Inga Alley Cropping providing land for life
Contributor Lorraine Potter
Author Mike Hands
Content Hands, M. R. June 2002.
Alley-Cropping as a Sustainable Alternative to Shifting Cultivation. Final Report. Project HND / B7-6201 / IB / 97 / 0533(08). Tropical Forests Budgetary Line. Commission of the European Communities. DG I. Brussels.

Hands, M. R. 1998.
The uses of Inga in the acid soils of the Rainforest zone : Alley-cropping sustainability and soil-regeneration. In : Pennington, T.D. and Fernandes, E.C.M. (eds.) The Genus Inga : Utilization. The Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. England.

Type of initiative Training Initiatives
Year Published
Language English
North America HONDURAS
Link https://www.ifoam.bio/sites/default/files/ofia2017_handout_web.pdf

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The world’s largest safety net for family farmers?

Title The world’s largest safety net for family farmers?
Contributor ILEIA
Author KS Gopal
Content India’s Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (MGNREGA) is the largest public-works based employment programme in the world. Unanimously enacted by the Indian parliament in 2005, implementation began in February 2006. With an annual budget of six billion US dollars, it now supports some fifty million rural people – larger than the population of Senegal, Mali and Niger combined. This article focuses on the successes, issues and potential of the Act to improve the well being of workers and family farmers.
Type of initiative Case Studies
Year Published
Language English
Asia INDIA
Link http://www.agriculturesnetwork.org/magazines/global/resilience-faces/social-safety-nets

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A systems approach against poverty

Title A systems approach against poverty
Contributor ILEIA
Author Million Belay
Content Opinion by Million Belay.
Why is poverty deepening in Africa even when millions of dollars continue to be poured in to alleviate it?, asks Million Belay. He answers by highlighting how we need to promote agroecology, treat agriculture as a system, and move away from green revolution approaches.
Type of initiative Article
Year Published
Language English
Link http://www.agriculturesnetwork.org/magazines/global/resilience-faces/opinion-million-belay

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“A revolution of thought is necessary” – Interview with Cantave Jean-Baptiste

Title “A revolution of thought is necessary” – Interview with Cantave Jean-Baptiste
Contributor ILEIA
Author Steve Brescia
Content Interview > Cantave Jean-Baptiste is a Haitian agronomist and rural development practitioner with more than three decades of experience supporting sustainable agriculture and strengthening peasant organisations. He is Executive Director of Partenariat pour le Développement Local (PDL) in Haiti, and a founding member of Groundswell International. Farming Matters asked Mr Jean-Baptiste how family farmers can build resilience in Haiti, a country where an estimated 80% of the population lives in poverty.
Type of initiative Interview
Year Published
Language English
North America HAITI
Link http://www.agriculturesnetwork.org/magazines/global/resilience-faces/interview-cantave-jean-baptiste

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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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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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