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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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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Guinea pigs – small livestock with big potential

Title Guinea pigs – small livestock with big potential
Contributor
Author
Content The right to food sovereignty is a part of the Plurinational State of Bolivia’s constitution, but what does this actually mean for family farmers? The truth is that many people in rural areas are far from having access to adequate food and nutrition, with 37% of children under five reported to be suffering from stunting caused by malnutrition. Amongst the institutions and initiatives that aim to improve food security and sovereignty, the cuy (or guinea pig) project stands out for the inroads it has made towards improving food and nutrition at the family level.
Type of initiative Case Studies
Year Published
Language English
South America BOLIVIA
Link http://www.agriculturesnetwork.org/magazines/global/reclaiming-nutrition/guinea-pigs

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Nutrition from innovation and taste from waste

Title Nutrition from innovation and taste from waste
Contributor ILEIA
Author Jacob Zucker, Roshan Mehta, Roshan Pudasaini
Content From a situation of widespread undernutrition, consuming fresh vegetables all year round has now become a reality for many Nepali households thanks to their expanding home gardens. But the stories they tell show that the benefits of home gardens are not limited to improving household nutrition. The gardens also help to empower women and conserve biodiversity, two much needed conditions for better family and community nutrition on a broader scale.
Type of initiative Case Studies
Year Published
Language English
Asia NEPAL
Link http://www.agriculturesnetwork.org/magazines/global/reclaiming-nutrition/diversifying-production

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Climate Resilience Sustainable Agriculture Experiences

Title Climate Resilience Sustainable Agriculture Experiences
Contributor ActionAid
Author
Content This document summarises case studies from ten countries through ActionAid’s approach to climate resilient sustainable agriculture, which incorporates agroecology in a human rights framework. Based on these experiences ActionAid recommends to increase investment in agroecology, as part of a comprehensive human rights based approach:

  • In particular in ensuring public agriculture research works with nature, taking cognisance of the natural ecological functioning;
  • That public agriculture scientists are encouraged to work with farmers to define their research priorities, disaggregating the priorities of male and female farmers;
  • That extension agents are trained on sustainable agronomic practices and farm management, which can have significant benefits in terms of building resilience, adapting to climate change, and improving production and food security;
  • Of course, all this needs to be underpinned by support for smallholder farmers’ organisations, including women farmers’ unions, to both engage effectively with markets and with government to influence public policy in their favour.
Type of initiative Case Studies
Year Published 2014
Language English
Asia AFGHANISTAN, BANGLADESH, CAMBODIA, CHINA, MYANMAR, NEPAL
Africa MOZAMBIQUE, RWANDA
South America BRAZIL, Nicaragua
Link https://ag-transition.org/wp-content/pdf/2014-CRSA_Experiences-September_2014_SMALL.compressed.pdf

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Learning routes: Experiences in Marocco and Egypt

Title Learning routes: Experiences in Marocco and Egypt
Contributor AgriCultures Network, ILEIA
Author Laura Eggens, Mireille Vermeulen
Content

In 2013, two learning routes took place on the themes of farmer organisations in Morocco and water management in Egypt.

ILEIA joined both Learning Routes, carrying out preparatory analysis of the main lessons in the host countries, and documenting how and what the participants (ruteros) learned during the actual route.

The final outcome of these Learning Routes is a 32 page booklet. This booklet presents the main lessons learnt during the two Learning Routes. It first provides short summaries of the initiatives that were visited in Morocco and Egypt.

Next, the main lessons that ruteros identified during the two routes are presented. The final chapter focuses on the lessons drawn from the process of the Learning Route, showing the ways in which knowledge building using this method can be innovative.

Type of initiative Report
Year Published
Language
Africa EGYPT, MOROCCO
Link http://www.agriculturesnetwork.org/resources/pubs/2013-learning-routes

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Learning for rural change: 18 stories from Sudan

Title Learning for rural change: 18 stories from Sudan
Contributor AgriCultures Network, ILEIA
Author Janneke Bruil, Laura Eggens, Leonardo van den Berg
Content A great variety of rural development initiatives are taking place in the Republic of Sudan. In this book, the outcome of a documentation and communication training in Khartoum in 2013, practitioners describe and analyse some of the most promising experiences.

The articles provide lessons and challenges relevant for professionals in the field of agriculture and rural development. The book is divided into four themes: water management & crop production, livestock, women empowerment and approaches to sharing knowledge. The hope is that this book serves as a source of inspiration for future initiatives.

Type of initiative Case Studies
Year Published
Language
Africa SUDAN
Link http://www.agriculturesnetwork.org/resources/pubs/learning-for-rural-change

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Tipping the Balance: Policies to shape agricultural investments and markets in favour of small-scale farmers

Title Tipping the Balance: Policies to shape agricultural investments and markets in favour of small-scale farmers
Contributor Oxfam International
Author Bill Cotula, Chan Man-Kwun, Cotula Lorenzo, Lorenzo Chan, Man-Kwun, Vorley, Vorley Bill
Content A recent wave of large-scale land acquisitions and other commercial investment in agriculture has raised concerns that small-scale producers are being marginalized. This report takes a new look at the role of public policy and market governance in ensuring inclusive sustainable development. It also foucses on elements that can contribute to gender-equitable results. Four country case studies, conducted in Guatemala, Nigeria, Tanzania and the Philippines supports this work.
Type of initiative Case Studies, Report, Research
Year Published
Language
Asia PHILIPPINES
Africa NIGERIA, TANZANIA
South America Guatemala
Link http://policy-practice.oxfam.org.uk/publications/tipping-the-balance-policies-to-shape-agricultural-investments-and-markets-in-f-254551

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