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Alimentos Bonaerenses

Alimentos Bonaerenses es un programa que promueve el desarrollo productivo de cada una de las actividades agropecuarias y de la pesca, mediante el impulso a la producción de alimentos El objetivo es generar valor agregado y empleo genuino, promoviendo el desarrollo local en cada región de la Provincia de Buenos Aires....
2020 - Gobierno de la Provincia de Buenos Aires

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La pandemia entre un conflicto en la agricultura familiar y la agroecología: el caso peruano

La vigente crisis sanitaria conlleva a repensar los sistemas de producción local, así como sus beneficios o daños al ecosistema y sus sociedades. En los últimos años, por ejemplo, ha surgido fuertemente el concepto de agricultura familiar para denominar al 70% de aquellos proveedores de alimentos a nivel mundial. Las...
2020 - Consejo Latinoamericano de Ciencias Sociales (CLACSO)

BIOSOCIAL_Small farm organic vegetable production as integrated model between production and local social impact

The proposed operative group (GO) intends to set up a new circular local economy model, which combines the profitability of farms with social productivity: the valorization of horticultural genetic resources will be based on minimum technological input and on production schedule according to the needs of the community expressed by...

Surviving Covid-19

The neglected remedy
Covid-19 is a wakeup call to us all. Let’s turn the tide away from over-processed foods that are often grown using chemicals and instead build a healthy norm, by eating a great variety of nutritious, locally produced natural foods, including indigenous crops and vegetables that we have often dropped from...
2020 - The Alliance for Food Sovereignty in Africa (AFSA)

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Empowering sustainability in Ghana

Sometimes, it is not so easy for people to embrace sustainability instead of some “not so sustainable” practices which could be beneficial as far as their income is concerned.
Without a single doubt, sustainability holds the key to food security along with education, woman empowerment and gender equality. Sulemana Hibbatullah Wunpini is a gender activist fighting for women and girls’ rights while seeking for equality. She constantly seeks for opportunities to speak in public for everything she stands for...
2020 - Food Security Center

Technical paper
COVID-19 will almost double acute hunger by end of 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic will see more than a quarter of a billion people suffering acute hunger by the end of the year, according to new figures from the World Food Programme (WFP).Latest numbers indicate the lives and livelihoods of 265 million people in low and middle-income countries will be under...
2020 - World Food Programme

Agroecology in Europe and Central Asia - An overview.

This publication aims to provide an overview of actions and initiatives on Agroecology in Europe and Central Asia countries. There is enough evidence that agroecology contributes to more sustainable food systems, in particular to delivering food production while respecting natural resources, ecosystem services and social processes. However, to assure agroecology can...
2020 - Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations FAO

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Ensuring quality seeds when the need is greatest

At an FAO webinar, seed experts discussed the impacts of COVID-19 on seed systems – the primary basis for human sustenance – and potential action to mitigate these. The recording of the virtual event is available online. Food production depends on the availability, accessibility, and quality of seeds. Although the COVID-19 crisis’...
2020 - Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations FAO

Agroecology and Markets – Stories from the field

How wide are the agroecology ripples?
We cannot talk about food sovereignty without mentioning the role of mass markets on which the majority of people depend on their income and food. These markets have demonstrated their relevance during the COVID-19 era by strengthening rural-urban linkages. Mass markets have been the main avenue through which rural people...
Cameroon - Ethiopia - Ghana - Kenya - Lesotho - Mozambique - Nigeria - Senegal - Sudan - Uganda - Zambia
2020 - Alliance for Food Sovereignty (AFSA)

Asia-Pacific Association of Agricultural Research Institutions Newsletter

This Newsletter provides highlights about 2019 accomplishments of  Asia-Pacific Association of Agricultural Research Institutions
2020 - Asia-Pacific Association of Agricultural Research Institutions APPARI

VIII Congreso de Agroecología: "Identidad Latinoamericana tejiendo el territorio: transformaciones urgentes para la vida".

Conscientes de la trayectoria histórica contra hegemónica, de resistencia y lucha, de construcción y propuesta, de acción y transformación, que se entrelaza y emerge en nuestros territorios, la Agroecología, iidentidad Latinoamérica, teje el territorio y las transformaciones urgentes para la vida. Organizado por la Sociedad Científica Latinoamericana de Agroecología (SOCLA) y...
2020 - Sociedad Científica Latinoamericana de Agroecología (SOCLA)

#IGrowYourFood - Meet Ibrahima, an organic farmer from Senegal

Conventional agriculture contributes to global warming while organic enables carbon sequestration in soil. It's a powerful way to become more resilient to climate change.” Meet Ibrahima working with over 157,000 people to promote organic agriculture in Senegal
2020 - IFOAM - Organics International

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Global organic area continues to grow

Over 71.5 million hectares of farmland are organic
2018 was another record year for global organic agriculture. According to the latest FiBL survey on organic agriculture worldwide, organic farmland increased by 2.0 million hectares, and organic retail sales also continued to grow, reaching another all-time high, as shown by the data from 186 countries (data as of the...
2020 - FIBL

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Alternatives aux pesticides chimiques : 24 organismes de recherche européens s’engagent sur une feuille de route ambitieuse

Mobiliser les efforts de recherche pour accélérer la transition agroécologique répond à une forte demande des pouvoirs publics, des professionnels et de la société, en France comme en Europe. Pour faire face à ce défi majeur, repenser la manière dont la recherche doit être conduite et développer une stratégie commune...
2020 - INRA

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Offbeat urban fertilizer

Some urbanites in Covid lockdown are rediscovering their neglected gardens. Living in or near the city also gives you access to some products that are hard to find in farm country. For example, cabinet makers in the city may be able to give you wood shavings that you can use...
Bolivia (Plurinational State of)
2020 - AGROinsight

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Training trees

Many people are familiar with pruning trees, but on a recent course organised by the association of ecological gardeners (VELT) in Bocholt, Limburg, Belgium, I learned another important trick to shape trees and harvest more fruit. By training trees, you make branches grow in the direction you want. That sounds...
2020 - AGROinsight

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Europe and Central Asia discuss solutions to promote sustainable agri-food systems

The 32nd Session of the FAO Regional Conference for Europe started as FAO Members from Europe and Central Asia will discuss several challenges facing the region on food and agriculture, particularly how to promote sustainable agri-food systems and healthy diets as well as solutions for youth, employment and developing rural areas. Hosted by Uzbekistan in...
2020 - Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN FAO

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Travelling Farmers

We once had a talented carpenter named Rodrigo, who would come to our house to fix cabinets and build closets. He liked to start in the afternoon and stay for dinner. He was slow and methodical, but his work was always perfect. Every year, this bohemian handyman would take his...
Bolivia (Plurinational State of)
2020 - AGROinsight

#IGrowYourFood - Meet Togia Tavita Faletoese, an organic farmer from Samoa

We’re trying to teach our young ones that there’s no rocket science to it. It’s about keeping that natural balance and it will just keep giving.” 🌱 Meet Togia Tavita Faletoese, a Samoan organic farmer who set up a youth farm to pass on traditional knowledge
2020 - IFOAM - Organics International

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Farm to Fork strategy for sustainable food

The Farm to Fork strategy for Sustainable food is a key component of the European Green Deal. European food is famous for being safe, nutritious and of high quality. It should now also become the global standard for sustainability.
European Union
2020 - European Commission
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