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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Access and benefit sharing of genetic resources

Title Access and benefit sharing of genetic resources
Contributor ILEIA- centre for learning on sustainable agriculture
Author Farming Matters
Content Access and benefit sharing of plant genetic resources is a crucial but very complex, political and legalistic matter. Does the formal system work for family farmers? As we see in this special issue of Farming Matters, co-produced with Bioversity International, it poses many challenges. At the same time, farmers around the world are leading successful initiatives for access and benefit sharing. This issue of Farming Matters presents cases that demonstrate the limited extent to which family farmers have been able to benefit from the ‘formal’ ABS process. It also uncovers some of the effective principles and mechanisms for access and benefit sharing that are part and parcel of farmers’ everyday practices, such as community seed banks, and successful collaborations between researchers and farmers. Some of these arrangements have links with the formal system.
Type of initiative Report
Year Published
Language English
Link http://www.agriculturesnetwork.org/magazines/global/access-and-benefit-sharing-of-genetic-resources

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When family farmers lead their own development

Title When family farmers lead their own development
Contributor AgriculturesNetwork
Author Laure Guibert
Content Steven Kiranga Gichanga is a family farmer in Mugaari, a village in Kenya. He was trained in goat rearing but could not afford a goat to get started. He was also trained in bee keeping but could not afford a bee hive either. After a community reflection forum in 2012, Steven became aware of his own creative capacities and his ability to think outside the box. Then he came up with a brilliant idea.
Type of initiative Report
Year Published
Language English
Africa KENYA
Link http://www.agriculturesnetwork.org/magazines/global/family-farming/people-led-development

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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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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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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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Farming Matters

Title Farming Matters
Contributor AgriCultures Network, ILEIA
Author ILEIA
Content However we look at it, the System of Rice Intensification, or SRI, is a major success story. While researchers are still debating its relevance, more and more people are getting to know about it, and more and more farmers are harvesting the results.

From Madagascar to more than 50 countries, and from rice to other crops, the dissemination of SRI has been impressive. This is a fascinating case study of innovation from below, involving local authorities, “champions”, extension agents and millions of farmers.

Farming Matters is a 42 page full colour magazine about sustainable agriculture with experiences of family farmers around the world, news about agro-ecology and with more than 150.000 readers globally.

Type of initiative Report
Year Published
Language
Link http://www.agriculturesnetwork.org/magazines/global/sri

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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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