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Instalada Câmara Temática da Agricultura Familiar do Consórcio Nordeste

O Consórcio Interestadual de Desenvolvimento Sustentável do Nordeste instalou a Câmara Temática da Agricultura Familiar na última segunda-feira (01/02). O objetivo da Câmara é que, baseando-se nas experiências exitosas dos nove estados que compõem o Consórcio, seja elaborada até março uma proposta que articule, apoie e aperfeiçoe a implementação de políticas...
2021 - Consórcio Interestadual de Desenvolvimento Sustentável do Nordeste

The Organic Farmer

"The Organic Farmer" (TOF) is the English version of the magazine for small-scale Kenyan farmers who previously had only very limited access to information on ecological farming. It is the only magazine for ecological farming in East Africa. Similarly unique is "Mkulima Mbunifu" (The Smart Farmer), the edition of TOF in Swahili....
2021 - Infonet-Biovision

Access Agriculture Panorama No. 6 - January 2021

Highlights• Access Agriculture 2021 Calendar (download and print)• Access Agriculture leaflet (view/download) • Announcement: 80 new videos posted on our platform• Meet our Ambassador: Maliki Agnoro• Access Agriculture Engagement Analytics
2021 - Access Agriculture

Blog article
A Lost alpine agriculture

As more youth move to cities, in Africa, but also in South Asia and Latin America, development experts worry about the future of rural communities. So, we can learn a lesson by taking a glimpse at a region where most youth left agriculture some three generations ago.
France - Portugal
2021 - AgroInsight

EU Global Food and Nutrition Security - Agroecology

Agroecology designs sustainable agroecosystems by applying ecological and agronomic concepts and principles. Ecosystem services functional to crop growth (e.g. soil quality, pollination, natural pest control) are maximised through appropriate resource management and farming practices. The use of synthetic inputs is reduced to the minimum or eliminated. The nutrient cycle is...
European Union
2021 - European Commission

The UN Decade on Ecosystem Restoration

The UN Decade on Ecosystem Restoration is a rallying call for the protection and revival of ecosystems all around the world, for the benefit of people and nature. It aims to halt the degradation of ecosystems, and restore them to achieve global goals. Only with healthy ecosystems can we enhance people’s livelihoods,...
2021 - Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations FAO


The new year brought new beginnings, including the launch of Solidaridad’s new website. At the center of the refreshed design, content, and structure is the smallholder producer. Take a look around to see what’s new!
2021 - Solidaridad

Agroecology: Grassroots Solutions to Global Crises

Agroecology Fund (AEF) launched a new video, “Agroecology: Grassroots Solutions to Global Crises”, a 7-minute short film featuring grantee partners, advisors, allies, and donors from the global AEF community.  Filmmaker and photojournalist Rucha Chitnis is in conversation with Rutendo Zendah from the African Centre for Biodiversity in South Africa, Pius Ranee from the North...
2021 - Agroecology Fund

Ecological plant protection options for grapes, complemented by our experiments on copper replacement

In the RELACS project, a survey on the current copper use in Hungary and investigations of the efficacy of a potential copper substitute, Tagatose peronospora and phytophthora, in vineyards are tested. Vintner and owner, Márton Ruppert, for his farm Tagyon Hil in Hungary, has been using Tagatose to replace copper...
2021 - Organic Farm Knowledge

Blog article
Pandemia estreitou os laços campo-cidade, avaliam camponeses capixabas

Dobrou número de cestas entregues em algumas cidades. E, junto dos alimentos, o bate-papo sobre 'a vida na roça'
A maior crise sanitária do século fez aumentar a procura por uma alimentação saudável, livre de venenos, em todo o mundo. Por isso, os agricultores que já estão nesse caminho e são amparadas por uma rede de apoio para a certificação agroecológica/orgânica de seus produtos, puderam ampliar sua produção, levando...
2021 - Século Diario

Blog article
Joint action to boost peace and organic agriculture in the Philippines

With the ambitious target to have 1.2 million hectares of farmland in the Philippines converted to organic by 2022, Hon. Mayor Rommel C. Arnado, President of LOAMCP, welcomed the signing of the Memorandum of Agreement (MoU) with Access Agriculture as a very timely event.
2021 - Access Agriculture

Blog article
FAO crop experiment sees lower pesticide use reap rewards in Turkey

An apple a day keeps the doctor away, so the saying goes. FAO, jointly with Turkey’s Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry, and other local partners, is helping to ensure Turkish consumers get their daily apple free of both pests and pesticides. Sustainable and safe fruit production that fosters economic, social, and...
2021 - Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations FAO

Blog article
Respuesta de la agricultura familiar y el movimiento agroecológico frente al COVID-19

En América Latina, el así llamado ‘sector informal’ asociado a la agricultura familiar y los movimientos agroecológicos fue fundamental para enfrentar y adaptarse a los desafíos de la pandemia de COVID-19. A los pocos meses de iniciada la pandemia organizamos un proceso de investigación para evaluar la naturaleza y alcance...

Policy brief/paper
Roots of Resilience: Land Policy for an Agroecological Transition in Europe

A collective of organisations, coming together under the banner of the Nyéléni Europe Food Sovereignty Movement have just released a new report : “Roots of Resilience : Land Policy for an Agroecological Transition in Europe”. The report argues for an approach to land policy in Europe based on a model of land...
2021 - Nyeleni Europe and Central Asia

Faecal egg counts to improve worm control in organic sheep farming

The steps needed for monitoring faecal egg count are outlined in this practice abstract. Carrying out your own tests gives instant results and allows for greater flexibility in monitoring gastrointestinal nematode infections throughout the year. This may be especially important around lambing, when a greater number of transmission stages are...
2021 - Organic Farm Knowledge

Journal article
Can agroecology improve food security and nutrition? A review

Agroecology increasingly has gained scientific and policy recognition as having potential to address environmental and social issues within food production, but concerns have been raised about its implications for food security and nutrition, particularly in low-income countries. This review paper examines recent evidence (1998–2019) for whether agroecological practices can improve...

Blog article
Letter From The Farm | Between Hotbeds And The Hungary Gap

Meet Matthew Hayes, an organic-biodynamic-biointensive farmer originally from the UK, who has lived and farmed in Hungary for the last 25 years. He runs a market garden with his wife Kata in Zsámbok, a village in Pest county to the east of Budapest. In his first Letter From The Farm, Matthew writes...
2021 - Arc2020

Technical paper
Transforming food and farming

This publication provides an answer to these questions, which were at the heart of strategic conversations initiated by IFOAM EU to foster the further development of the organic movement. One result of these conversations is a shared vision of the European organic movement to 2030 and beyond, described in Part...
2021 - IFOAM Organics

Delivering climate change outcomes with agroecology in low- and middle-income countries: evidence and actions needed

Food systems need to meet food security, nutrition and environmental goals, especially in a world with growing demand and a changing climate. There is now broad consensus on the need to transform current food systems towards more sustainable models. Agroecology is increasingly seen as a framework to transform food systems...
2021 - United Nations Food Systems Summit 2021 Scientific Group

Support to High-Nature-Value Farming in Bulgaria: Compliance with the no backsliding principle?

The SWOT analysis accompanying the CAP Strategic Plan in Bulgaria identified this country as one of the Member States with the highest loss of HNV farmland in the EU. Unfortunately, it digs no further to analyse the reasons behind the loss, the types of HNV farmland that suffers most, or...
2021 - Arc2020
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