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Case study
Agroecological training on biofertilisers improves women’s livelihoods in Togo.

In the Plateaux region of Togo, the natural richness of the soil means that farming is the primary livelihood of those who live there. In the Kpélé Prefecture, in the south-west, the relatively mild climates and good rainfall should make it perfect for agriculture. However, the farming communities have witnessed...
Togo
np - Alliance for Food Sovereignty in Africa (AFSA)

Case study
Combating climate change with Agroecology

Climate change remains the most significant challenge facing farmers in Benin. Irregular and unpredictable rains, coupled with prolonged droughts and increased incidents of high winds, are decimating crop production across many regions. 
Benin
np - Alliance for Food Sovereignty in Africa (AFSA)

Case study
Bio gardening innovations: Food forests in Kenya are using modern forestry techniques to create food sovereignty and security

The holistic gardening project in Emuhaya, Western Kenya, is attracting local and international acclaim. Bio Gardening Innovations (BIOGI) is equipping smallholder farmers to break away from monocultures and create thriving, overflowing “food forests” on their farmland.
Kenya
np - Alliance for Food Sovereignty in Africa (AFSA)

Case study
A pathway to food security: Tackling the Issue of Land Rights as a Pathway to Food Security in Uganda

Amplifying the voices of women farmers is proving an effective way to help tackle gender inequality and promote agroecology, helping small-scale farmers take back power over their land.
Uganda
np - Alliance for Food Sovereignty in Africa (AFSA)

Case study
Strengthening harvests: Soil and water conservation practices strengthen harvests in Tanzania highlands.

High rainfalls in mountainous agricultural regions trigger a need for intervention to help farmers confront food insecurity and restore and protect their soil. 
United Republic of Tanzania
np - Alliance for Food Sovereignty in Africa (AFSA)

Case study
Nigusi Memarta Afari Mebata:the king and his rules shall pass, but the ways of the Afar shall last forever

There are 1.8 million Afar in Ethiopia, making them one of the largest groups of mobile pastoralists in sub-Saharan Africa. 
Ethiopia
np - Alliance for Food Sovereignty in Africa (AFSA)

Case study
Changing the fortunes of farmers and families in Muranga's County, Kenya

The Organic Agriculture Centre of Kenya (OACK) saw that by providing the right skills, information and support, they could help small-scale farmers move away from subsistence farming and into thriving livelihoods that improve their local communities and the landscapes they live in
Kenya
np - Alliance for Food Sovereignty in Africa (AFSA)

Case study
Sustainable land management: Restoring community farmland in Uganda

KAFSCUL (Karamoja Agro-Farm Systems Consults), a private organization in Uganda, has been working with small-scale farmers in Jie County to improve soil fertility and make farmland more resilient to adverse weather conditions. 
Uganda
np - Alliance for Food Sovereignty in Africa (AFSA)

Website
International Society for Participatory Mapping (ISPM)

The Society’s objectives are to encourage and support the development, experimentation, evaluation, and application of participatory mapping methods globally in order to foster interaction and research in this scientific field, and to coordinate with other organizations in the study of participatory processes, mapping, and quantitative analyses. The Society places a...
nd - International Society for Participatory Mapping (ISPM)

Case study
Bringing life back to the land:

Zimbabwean farmers revive stagnant farms through agroecology
The Shashe farms in the Runde catchment area of Zimbabwe extend across three villages. Since 2010, over 500 families from the region have worked alongside ZIMSOFF (Zimbabwe Smallholder Organic Farmers Forum) and AZTREC (Association of Zimbabwe Traditional Environmental Conversationists) to revive arid cattle-ranching land into rich, abundant food forests.
Zimbabwe
n.p. - Alliance for Food Sovereignty in Africa (AFSA)

Case study
Agroecology: an effective approach to prisoner rehabilitation

Agricultural communities in Kenya are rehabilitating prisoners through agroecology in a bid to reduce reoffending and revive local independent coffee farms.
Kenya
n.p. - Alliance for Food Sovereignty in Africa (AFSA)

Case study
Strengthening the productive potential of farmers

Strengthening the productive potential of men and women farmers in arid and poor areas of the Sahel: The case of efficient and accessible agroecological practices in the county of Loga, Niger
Niger
n.p. - Alliance for Food Sovereignty in Africa (AFSA)

Newsletter
Romanian National Rural Development Network Newsletter - 2/2021

Romanian National Rural Development Network Newsletter - Topics include discussions on transition period call for projects; survey on LEADER impact on balanced development;19meeting of NRNs, EU and national news, and many many more
Romania
2021 - Romanian National Rural Development Network

Technical paper
Low-carbon dairy farm: reducing the climate impact of milk production in the mountains

The Low Carbon Dairy Farm consists of conducting an environmental and technico-economic diagnosis on each farm and identifying potential actions to improve its carbon footprint. The objective is to build a progression strategy in collaboration with the farmer, so that the action plan fits the realities of the farm and...
2021 - Euromontana: the European Association for Mountain Areas

Technical paper
Guidance on realizing real water savings with crop water productivity interventions

This technical document contains clear and practical guidelines on how to implement ‘real’ water savings in agriculture through interventions for enhancing crop water productivity. A distinction is made between real water savings and ‘apparent’ water savings. Apparent water savings record reductions in water withdrawals but do not account for changes...
2021 - Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations FAO

Blog article
New router database connects EU member states' organic seed databases

 A long-awaited solution for seed suppliers, European organic farmers, and national authorities arrived. The new router database will increase the availability of seed of organic varieties and help increase the transparency of the European organic seed market. EU member states need to establish a national database listing all offered organic seed...
2021 - FIBL

Report
Food systems and nutrition - Handbook for parliamentarians N°32

Parliamentary action is fundamental to securing the right to adequate food for all. Parliamentarians guide and oversee public-sector policies and budget allocations towards transforming food systems that deliver healthy diets for all. The emergence of COVID-19 has shown the weakness in our food systems. Within three months of COVID-19’s arrival, disruptions...
2021 - Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations FAO

Blog article
Goal 2035. When will we have organic seeds in organic farming?

Organic production is growing – but what about its basis: organic seeds?
Consumers nearly everywhere in Europe tend to buy more and more healthy food – in particular food that is labelled organic. This development has received an additional push through the Corona pandemic, which made many people realise the importance – and vulnerability – of vitality and good health. But does...
2021 - Bioeco Actual

Blog article
Loss of a small poultry farm and abattoir

If we value high welfare and local food, we need to value small abattoirs. This film shares the story of Robert Whitwam who runs a chicken farm in Huddersfield. Robert prides himself on the welfare of his animals and the fact they are slaughtered on-farm. He supplies 30 local shops...
2021 - Sustainable Food Trust

Website
CZU mobiLAB - A comprehensive solution for the detection of infectious diseases in hard-to-reach areas

CZU mobiLAB (developed at Czech University of Life Sciences Prague) represents a complex solution that enables the application of state-of-the-art molecular detection methods in remote or inaccessible areas. The principal advantage of the proposed solution is the concept of a mobile laboratory, which is unique in terms of its size...
Antarctica
2021 - Czech University of Life Sciences Prague
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