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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La révolution agroécologique.

Title La révolution agroécologique.
Contributor ANAP, La Via Campesina
Content Ce livre présente une synthèse de l’expérience paysanne cubaine et les conclusions du travail de systématisation de ce mouvement avant-gardiste, que les organisations paysannes du monde entier peuvent s’approprier et utiliser.
Year Published 2013
Language Français
Link http://viacampesina.org/downloads/pdf/fr/Revolution-agroecologique.pdf

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Organic farming at the Center stage in South East Asia

Title Organic farming at the Center stage in South East Asia
Contributor La Via Campesina
Author Irma Yanny, James S.L.Tadeo, Raphael M. Baladad
Content In a first part, this publication gives technical feedbacks and analysis on Sustainable Rice Based Farming Systems in the Philippines. The book concludes that Organic farming is undeniably, one of the best broad-based development strategies that can be employed to revitalize the agriculture sector. With that said and given that most Southeast Asian countries are dependent on rice, effective organic rice farming can help address not only rural poverty but food security woes across the region.

In a second part, it highlights the main results of a regional exchange on agroecology that took place in the Philippines between South East Asian members of la Via Campesina (from Taiwan, Vietnam, South Korea, Cambodia, Thailand, Indonesia, Timor Leste).

Type of initiative Case Studies
Year Published 2013
Language English
Asia CAMBODIA, INDONESIA, PHILIPPINES, South Corea, Taiwan, THAILAND, TIMOR-LESTE, Vietnam
Link http://viacampesina.org/en/index.php/publications-mainmenu-30

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Food. Riots and Rights

Title Food. Riots and Rights
Contributor Centro Internazionale Crocevia, FIRAB, IIED
Content The last decade has seen global crises in finance, energy and the economy. But only the prolonged food crisis resulted in riots, reminding us of the historic link between the struggles for food and economic justice. This book,  written by Antonio Onorati and Luca Colombo, focuses on the root causes and power games behind the global food crisis and what this means for reforming the global food system.
Author/s Antonio Onorati, Luca Colombo
Year Published 2013
Language English
Link http://www.firab.it/site/wp-content/uploads/2013/09/foodrights_aw.pdf

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Scaling up agroecology: A tool for policy

Title Scaling up agroecology: A tool for policy
Contributor IATP
Content For those who see agroecological approaches as necessary for achieving the food, health, and environmental targets of post 2015 agenda, agroecology is not only central to maintaining ecosystem integrity, but also to realizing food sovereigntyof those involved in food production and consumption.

IATP’s new report, Scaling up Agroecology: Toward the Realization of the Right to Food, begins from five principles of agroecology, presents examples of practices that could be used to implement that approach. We also developed a set of ecological as well as socioeconomic indicators of success, and mutually supportive national and international policies that would be needed for that approach to flourish. See more here.

Year Published 2013
Language English
Link http://www.iatp.org/files/2013_11_07_ScalingUpAgroecology_SV.pdf

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Food as a commons: reframing the narrative of the food system

Title Food as a commons: reframing the narrative of the food system
Contributor Universite Catholique de Louvain
Content In this working paper by Jose Luis Vivero*, the very nature of food as a pure private good is contested and subsequently reversed in order to provide a sound foundation for the transition towards sustainable food systems.The proposal is a re-conceptualisation of food as a common good, a necessary narrative for the redesign of the dominating agro-industrial food system that merely sees food as a tradable commodity. This aspirational transition shall lead us to a more sustainable, fairer and farmer-centred food system.

The idea of the commons is applied to food, deconstructing food as a pure private good and reconstructing it as an impure commons that can be better produced and distributed by a hybrid tri-centric governance system compounded by market rules, public regulations and collective actions.

1. A brief explanatory text can be found in the UN University website
2. The powerpoint on the tricentric mode of governance can be found here

 

* PhD research fellow at the Catholic University of Louvain,

Author/s Jose Luis Vivero
Year Published 2013
Language English
Link http://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=2255447

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Right To Food and Nutrition Watch 2013

Title Right To Food and Nutrition Watch 2013
Contributor Right To Food and Nutrition Watch
Content The Report identifies a number of policies that generate hunger and malnutrition instead of reducing them. In response, articles in the report urge that such policies and the actors who implement them, respect and incorporate the human right to adequate food when redesigning detrimental policies
Year Published 2013
Language English
Link http://www.fian.org/fileadmin/media/publications/Watch_2013_eng_WEB_final.pdf

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La Aurora, un caso de agroecología aplicada

Title La Aurora, un caso de agroecología aplicada
Contributor Miguel Viñuales
Author Miguel Viñuales
Content Publicación acerca de la experiencia agroecológica implementada en el establecimiento La Aurora, unbicado en Benito Juárez, provincia de Buenos Aires, Argentina
Type of initiative Case Studies
Year Published
Language Español
South America ARGENTINA
Link http://www.elpopular.com.ar/eimpresa/167172/el-equilibrio-entre-ser-productivo-y-sustentable

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Wake up before it is too late

Title Wake up before it is too late
Contributor UNCTAD
Content The report Wake up before it is too late. Make agriculture truly sustainable now for food security in a changing climate has been just released from UNCTAD (United Nations Conference on Trade and Development).  Among the key messages, this report clearly states the need for a shift from conventional, monoculture based agriculture towards ecological food production systems.
Author/s UNCTAD
Year Published 2013
Language English
Link http://unctad.org/en/PublicationsLibrary/ditcted2012d3_en.pdf

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Participatory Guarantee System and Analog Forestry

Title Participatory Guarantee System and Analog Forestry
Contributor AgriCultures Network, ILEIA
Author Cavan Gates, Eduardo Aguilar
Content Besides providing for many of our needs, forests play a pivotal role in providing ecosystem services, ranging from biodiversity conservation to climate regulation. Yet over the last decade the world has lost an average of more than 5 million hectares of forests every year. Different examples show that marketing forest products can have a very positive impact, leading to higher incomes and also to healthier ecosystems.
Type of initiative Article
Year Published
Language English
Asia SRI LANKA
Africa CAMEROON
Link http://www.agriculturesnetwork.org/magazines/global/markets/pgs

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