In response to the continuing call of the UN Commission on Sustainable Development (CSD) for case studies documenting good practices for SARD, various organizations, both governmental and non-governmental, have collected relevant information and established online databases to disseminate it. An inventory of these databases has been prepared by the SARD Initiative. Highlights and links for Good Practice Databases of civil society are presented here.
Drylands Coordination Group - Best agricultural techniques and approaches in the Sahel
This website presents the best approaches and practices for improving agriculture in the Sahel, for areas where rainfall ranges between 400 and 800 mm and rainfed farming is practiced. Technologies and interventions are presented, such as the cultivation of ground nuts, integrated control of stem borers and poultry production; they are supported by scientific documentation and are in the process of being adopted by farmers.
Farming Solutions (Success stories for the future of agriculture)
This is a website coordinated by the Centre for Information on Low External Input and Sustainable Agriculture (ILEIA), Oxfam, Greenpeace and PAN-Africa, that presents examples of successful, environmentally responsible farming systems from all over the world. These good practice cases illustrate how farmers can protect the environment while at the same time increasing food supply where it is most needed.
Honey Bee Network (Knowledge network for augmenting grassroots innovations)
The Honey Bee Network is a global initiative that gives voice to creative and innovative people at grassroots level. It promotes cross pollination of ideas by exchange of information across language and cultural boundaries. During the past 12 years, the network managers, based in India, have built a database of grassroots innovations and contemporary/traditional innovative practices. The database documents more than 12,000 innovations which help in conserving and utilizing natural resources in a sustainable manner.
The International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD)
The International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD) maintains an interesting section on Best Practices and Appropriate Technologies on its website.
InterSard Practices Database (Towards Better Information Sharing for Sustainable Agriculture and Rural Development)
InterSard is an initiative to build a network of Southern and Northern partners for documenting and sharing information and knowledge related to social and technological innovations and good practices in Sustainable Agriculture and Natural Resources Management. It is organized as an international consortium of not-for-profit organizations (Agromisa Foundation, AME Foundation, ETC Foundation, GEAG, Rothamsted Research, IIRR, Nuffic Foundation, SEAMEO_SEARCA) which combined their forces to develop a web-based information system.
This database is part of the InterSard web-based information system and stores, systematizes and documents 172 Practices. The database includes successful projects, good practices, local innovations as well as instructions and suggestions on techniques relevant for farming communities to develop their livelihoods and to protect their environment. The database documents field experiments successfully tested on farm trials, technologies or newly discovered methods and approaches that have not been spread, but have a potential for replication.
Web-based Information Platform for Sustainable Agriculture and Rural Development (WISARD)
WISARD is a web-based public domain information platform that provides searchable information on experts, organizations, outputs and projects in the fields of Agricultural Research for Development (ARD), Natural Resource Management (NRM) and sustainable development (SD) from the mid-nineties till to date.
It serves international networks, regional organizations and national systems including universities, research centers, NGOs, farmers’ organizations in the various continents.