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Blog article
Good cheese needs good companions: partnering to build zero-deforestation dairy supply chains in the Colombian Amazon

The department of Caquetá is part of the Amazon River basin and a strategic ecosystem for Colombia and the globe. Historically, it has been the region most affected by deforestation in the country due to the advancing of the agricultural frontier and the widespread presence of illicit crops. The region...
2021 - Solidaridad

Using sack mounds to grow vegetables

The best compost for sack mounds is the one made using poultry manure and plant remains. If you use such compost, the sack mound will yield a lot of vegetables for a long time.
2021 - AccessAgriculture

Transforming Food Systems after COVID-19

The year 2020 was unprecedented in many ways. For rich and poor countries alike, the coronavirus pandemic and the associated policy responses brought a widespread health calamity, economic hardship, severe disruptions to services, and previously unimaginable restrictions on movement. Many poor and vulnerable people have faced serious threats to their...
2021 - IFPRI

Food sovereignty in a time of pandemic

When the World Health Organization (WHO) declared COVID-19 a Public Health Emergency of International Concern on 30 January 2020, few imagined the scale of the devastation that the disease would wreak across the world, or for how long it would last. As COVID-19 swung from country to country on its...
2021 - Nyeleni

Access Agriculture Panorama Newsletter no 7 - February 2021

This monthly e-newsletter gives a bird’s eye view of all the exciting updates from Access Agriculture, a world-leading organisation for quality agricultural training videos in international and local languages, working across the Global South.
2021 - Access Agriculture

Youth-to-youth mentorship approach in agripreneurship development

Peer-to-peer learning can be very effective in sharing knowledge and experience, and encouraging the adoption of new practices and technologies among farmers including youth. FAO training approaches, like the Junior Farmer Field and Life Schools (JFFLS), encourage youth facilitators to share their knowledge in the respective communities, mobilizing and sensitizing...
2021 - Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)

Insegurança Alimentar e Covid-19 no Brasil

Inquérito Nacional sobre Insegurança Alimentar no Contexto da Pandemia Covid-19 no Brasil
A Rede Brasileira de Pesquisa em Soberania e Segurança Alimentar e Nutricional (Rede PENSSAN), realizou em 2021 o Inquérito Nacional sobre Insegurança Alimentar no Contexto da Pandemia da Covid-19 no Brasil, cujos resultados estão sendo agora divulgados. Os resultados do inquérito mostram que nos três meses anteriores à coleta de dados, menos...
2021 - Rede Brasileira de Pesquisa em Soberania e Segurança Alimentar (Rede PENSSAN)

Blog article
Against or with Nature

Agricultural technology was fairly stable for centuries, but slowly began to change in medieval times, which brings us back to the windmill.
2021 - AGROinsight

Youth voices in youth employment

This new manual by the Youth Employment Funders Group (YEFG) features two ICA case studies - ChispaRural and the Youth Inspiring Youth in Agriculture initiative - as examples of meaningful youth engagement in youth employment programmes.
2021 - Youth Employment Funders Group (YEFG)

Making a vermicompost bed

With empty fertilizer bags you can sew a container. Place layers of decomposable material in the container and water it. Put the earthworms in after one week. Cover the top of the bed with gunny bags and water it regularly. Make sure the compost is shaded from direct sunlight.
2021 - AccessAgriculture

Soil health for paddy rice

A manual for farmer field school facilitators
The contents of the manual are intended for use by FFS facilitators and trainers in the implementation of a season-long FFS on paddy rice with a strengthened component on soil health. Some of the exercises presented in this manual were adapted from existing manuals, some were developed during a series...
2021 - Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)

COVID-19 building back greener and more resilient

Contributions of agroecology to a “new normal” in Asia and the Pacific
Besides the severe health crisis, the COVID-19 epidemic also caused the global economy to contract at a rate not seen since the Second World War and led to a severe increase of poor and food insecure people as well as a sharp projected decrease of production of agricultural goods in...
2021 - Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)

Middle East and North Africa - Regional developments

As the coronavirus pandemic reached every corner of the world in 2020, countries responded rapidly with an array of policies to stop the spread of the highly contagious disease, and then with social and economic policies to protect food security, incomes, and livelihoods. This experience brought attention to weaknesses in...
2021 - IFPRI

Journal article
Conservation agriculture improves adaptive capacity of cropping systems to climate stress in Malawi

Adaptation to climate stress is an unprecedented challenge facing cropping systems. Most adaptation assessments focus on how adaptation options affect yields of a single crop under different weather or climate conditions. Yet, cropping systems often comprise more than one crop, and holistic assessments should consider all crops grown in a...

60th Meeting of the Presiding Officers of the Regional Conference on Women in Latin America and the Caribbean

The 60th Meeting of the Presiding Officers of the Regional Conference on Women in Latin America and the Caribbean will be held virtually from 23 to 25 February 2021. The meeting is being organized by the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC), as secretariat of the Conference,...
2021 - Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC)

Case study
Applying blockchain for climate action in agriculture: state of play and outlook

The objective of this study is to provide insights into potentialities, steps, and best practices in applying blockchain technology (BCT) to use cases in agriculture in the context of climate change, to explore the opportunities and challenges in applying the BCT in agricultural sectors with the aims of reducing greenhouse...
2021 - Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)

Magazine article
Missed opportunities for delivering nutrition interventions in first 1000 days of life in India: insights from the National Family Health Survey, 2006 and 2016

Existing health and community nutrition systems have the potential to deliver many nutrition interventions. However, the coverage of nutrition interventions across the delivery platforms of these systems has not been uniform. We (1) examined the opportunity gaps between delivery platforms and corresponding nutrition interventions through the continuum of care in...

From Space to Farm: Characterization of Small Farms Using Remote Sensing Data

This publication describes the analytical process carried out under the European Union-funded SALSA project which enabled the development of a European map of the distribution of small farms at the NUTS-3 level and assessed the capabilities and usefulness of Copernicus Sentinel-1 and Sentinel-2 satellites for small farms monitoring, specifically in...
2021 - Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)

Effects of COVID-19 and other shocks on Papua New Guinea’s food economy: A multi-market simulation analysis

Understanding how the Papua New Guinea (PNG) agricultural economy and associated household consumption is affected by climate, market and other shocks requires attention to linkages and substitution effects across various products and the markets in which they are traded. In this study, we use a multi-market simulation model of the...
Papua New Guinea
2021 - IFPRI


EcoAgtube is a new video-sharing platform for all those with an interest in sustainable agriculture and sustaining the environment around the world to showcase their experience and local innovations. EcoAgtube is an initiative of Access Agriculture, a non-profit organisation that promotes agroecology and rural entrepreneurship through capacity development and South-South exchange...
2021 - Access Agriculture
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