Sustainet publication "Sustainable Agriculture: A pathway out of poverty for India's rural poor", released in December 2006.
This remarkable publication was released by Sustainet, with funding from the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the SARD Initiative. The publication includes 14 examples of successful sustainable agriculture approaches that were documented from Sustainet’s Indian project partners through a writeshop. Each case documented how to achieve sustainable agriculture in the areas of organic farming, land and water management, and how to tap new products and markets in India. Highlights include a definition of opportunities and potentials for up-scaling of a selection of cases
SARD Initiative Newsletter
The SARD Initiative Newsletter provides in-depth information about selected news items and topical issues. The third issue was released to electronic subscribers on 10 October 2006 and is now available online. Topics covered include:
The SARD Initiative is grateful to the Government of Italy for financial and technical support to develop the concept and to design the template for this newsletter. To receive the newsletter electronically, or to submit a contribution for the next issue, contact the editor at:
The SARD Project Toolkit
A publication entitled SARD Toolkit for Project Designers and Managers was released in 2006, with co-funding from the Governments of Norway and Italy, to support project staff and consultants, involved at various stages of the project cycle, to improve the sustainability and impacts of agriculture and rural development projects, including those projects that are already on-going. For more information and a copy of the toolkit please visit:
Guide for Documenting Good Practices
This practical manual was prepared for the SARD Initiative with resources provided by the Government of Norway. Following field tests in Bolivia and Kenya, the manual was revised to respond to user's requirements and released online on 10 November 2006.
For more information, please see th eGood Practices for SARD page.
Solution Exchange Booklet on Promoting SARD through Employment Guarantee Scheme in India
India’s new employment guarantee scheme for disadvantaged rural workers had attracted the attention of several official participants at the International Conference on Agrarian Reform and Rural Development in March. They saw it as a potentially replicable practice that could be of benefit in their countries. FAO, on behalf of the SARD Initiative, generated a set of questions for the Indian Solution Exchange community on Food and Nutrition Security about how the scheme might be used to promote SARD. Responses have been collated by the Solution Exchange team and released on 18 May 2006, in electronic and booklet forms.
Directory of Japanese Sustainable Agriculture Practitioners
This directory was released in 2006 by the Sustainable Agriculture Project of the Asia-Japan Partnership Network for Poverty Reduction (AJPN), with funding support from UNDP. The directory documents nine success stories of Japanese farmers utilizing sustainable farming techniques. Specific information on their backgrounds and expertise, farming principles and methodologies are also included in the text. Highlights include a case of recycling household refuse through separation of organic waste which is turned into fertilizer, and a case of alternative marketing of organic products. These individual farmers’ initiatives demonstrate that alternative ways to conventional agriculture exist and are being successfully implemented in Japan.