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Sembrando Capacidades promueve intercambio de conocimientos para la construcción de líneas de investigación en agroecología en Brasil y Colombia

Ell proyecto de cooperación sur-sur trilateral Sembrando Capacidades llevó a cabo el segundo taller virtual de intercambio de conocimientos entre Brasil y Colombia para la construcción de directrices de investigación en agroecología.  La iniciativa Sembrando Capacidades, ejecutada en Colombia, integra las acciones del proyecto regional América Latina y el Caribe sin Hambre 2025, del...
Brazil - Colombia
2020 - Organización de las Naciones Unidas para la Alimentación y la Agricultura (FAO)

Making balanced feed for dairy cows

Based on how much milk each cow gives, you can calculate the amount of balanced feed needed for your cows. You should also feed your cow green grass each day. This helps to increase the total quantity of milk as well as the amount of fat in the milk. It...
2020 - Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC)

Blog article
Políticas públicas en agroecología y producción orgánica en Brasil es tema segundo seminario virtual

Para dar continuidad al diálogo entre Brasil y Colombia en temas de agroecología y producción orgánica, se llevará a cabo el 2 de septiembre el 2º Seminario Virtual Política Brasileña de Agroecología y Producción Orgánica: una mirada desde la cooperación sur–sur trilateral (Brasil-FAO-Colombia).  El encuentro virtual es organizado por el proyecto Sembrando...
Brazil - Colombia
2020 - Organización de las Naciones Unidas para la Alimentación y la Agricultura (FAO)

Organic biofertilizer in liquid and solid form

For healthy crops you need a healthy soil, because a healthy soil contains many good microbes and earthworms. To prepare biofertilizer for half a hectare, you need 10 kg fresh cow dung, cow urine, flour from chickpeas or another pulse, jaggery or unrefined sugar, and a handful of healthy soil....
2020 - Access Agriculture

The clod breaker: a rolling harrow

The clod breaker is a simple wooden tool made out of a cylindrical log with iron spikes. It can be pulled by animals or even by an adult person. By driving the clod breaker over your field in opposite directions, the soil will become loose, aerated and absorb more water....
2020 - Access Agriculture

Proper handling of baobab fruits at harvest

Baobab fruit juice made from the pulp is very healthy, and can be added to porridge and sauces. However, the quality of the pulp can be greatly affected if fruits are not handled well during and after harvest. When baobab pods are damaged and have splits in the shell, moisture...
2020 - BAOFOOD Project

Blog article
Building a better fruit fly trap

The Mediterranean fruit fly is a worthy enemy. This pest, also known as the medfly, is widespread over the tropics, attacking and spoiling oranges, mangos and many other fruits. Each female can lay 200 eggs in her brief lifetime—allowing rapid population growth. The medfly damages so much high value fruit,...
2020 - AgroInsight

Ingenio y agroecología en la formación profesional del estudiante

El objetivo de esta nota es compartir con la comunidad educativa de la Facultad de Ciencias Agrarias de la Universidad Nacional de Rosario (FCA-UNR) y con los ciudadanos de la región el acontecimiento de una experiencia técnica-pedagógica excepcional en la formación profesional de un grupo de estudiantes. Experiencias que nos plantean...
2020 - Universidad Nacional de Rosario/ Facultad de Ciencias Agrarias

Rethinking CAP

The Case of Romania, Republic of Moldova and France
Social capital, collective action, agroecology and cooperation are the four leading principles proposed to policy makers in the national CAP reform of 2020. By showcasing the BOND Project’s chosen regional activities and analysing their scope and implications, this report argues that the European farming sector needs a fresh approach, based...
2020 - The BOND Project

Community Managed Natural Farming - Vijay Kumar

Vijay Kumar presents the revolutionary CMNF initiative which has already converted 600,000 farmers to agroecology.
2020 - AFSA

Blog article
The Fate of Food

In ‘The Fate of Food’, Amanda Little (professor of journalism and science writing at Vanderbilt University) takes us on a strange journey to the cutting edge of agricultural research. Little has an astonishing knack for getting quality face time with some of the most innovative (and busy) people in the...
China - Saint Barthélemy
2020 - Access Agriculture

Sustainable food – ‘farm to fork’ strategy Initiative

A sustainable food strategy is key to achieving the goals of the EU’s Green Deal. This strategy sets out the regulatory and non-regulatory measures needed to create more efficient, climate-smart systems that provide healthy food, while securing a decent living for EU farmers and fishermen.
European Union
2020 - European Commission

Blog article
Repurposing Farm Machinery

Many farmers in Europe and North America are burdened with debts due to the heavy investments they have made over the years to buy farm machinery. A new tractor easily costs 100,000 Euro or more. New agricultural policies often force farmers to change as well.
2020 - AgroInsight

Reproducción y almacenamiento de semillas criollas

Este video muestra cómo seleccionar, reproducir y almacenar semillas criollas, a diferencias con semillas híbridas.
2020 - Ministerio de Agricultura y Ganadería (MAG) de Costa Rica

Policy brief/paper
Can small farms and small food businesses in Northern Europe contribute to sustainable food security?

There is widespread acknowledgement and appreciation in Northern Europe of the important role that small farms play in supporting rural livelihoods, conserving biodiversity, and maintaining traditional landscapes, rural traditions and cultural heritage. The EU-funded SALSA project set out to examine another potentially important role of small farms – their contribution...
2020 - SALSA – Small farms, small food businesses and sustainable food and nutrition security

Blog article
The Resilience of Smallholder Farmers in Times of Crisis

With the focus on food security rising, smallholder farmers have been propelled into the limelight as the heroes in the production sector. They are playing a major role in nourishing large urban populations as large-scale farmers feel the impacts of COVID 19. We spoke to two organic farmers in Uganda...
2020 - IFOAM

EIP-AGRI Focus Group Non-chemical weed management in arable cropping systems

Weeds threaten crop yield and quality. Developing and promoting non-chemical weed management techniques can help reduce the risks linked to the use of herbicides which can impact non-target organisms, the environment and animal and human health. In this EIP-AGRI Focus Group, experts worked together to identify alternatives including redesigning cropping systems,...
European Union
2020 - Eip Agri

Montenegro’s mountains - where tourism meets tradition

In Montenegro, smallholder farmers rely heavily on traditional agriculture practices for their livelihoods. So much so, that a poor blueberry harvest or honey season can have devastating impacts on rural households. That’s why the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and the European Bank for Reconstruction and...
2020 - Food and Agriculture organization of the United Nations FAO

FAO Agroecology Newsletter #38

Agroecology Newsletter of August 2020

The 2020 Global Food Policy Report

The 2020 Global Food Policy Report focuses on the need to build inclusive food systems, both to ensure that marginalized and vulnerable people enjoy the benefits and opportunities that food systems can bring and to support sustainable development. Inclusive food systems can help create better economic opportunities for poor people,...
2020 - International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI).
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