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Agroecological training on biofertilisers improves women’s livelihoods in Togo.

In the Plateaux region of Togo, the natural richness of the soil means that farming is the primary livelihood of those who live there. In the Kpélé Prefecture, in the south-west, the relatively mild climates and good rainfall should make it perfect for agriculture. However, the farming communities have witnessed...
np - Alliance for Food Sovereignty in Africa (AFSA)

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Combating climate change with Agroecology

Climate change remains the most significant challenge facing farmers in Benin. Irregular and unpredictable rains, coupled with prolonged droughts and increased incidents of high winds, are decimating crop production across many regions. 
np - Alliance for Food Sovereignty in Africa (AFSA)

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Bio gardening innovations: Food forests in Kenya are using modern forestry techniques to create food sovereignty and security

The holistic gardening project in Emuhaya, Western Kenya, is attracting local and international acclaim. Bio Gardening Innovations (BIOGI) is equipping smallholder farmers to break away from monocultures and create thriving, overflowing “food forests” on their farmland.
np - Alliance for Food Sovereignty in Africa (AFSA)

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A pathway to food security: Tackling the Issue of Land Rights as a Pathway to Food Security in Uganda

Amplifying the voices of women farmers is proving an effective way to help tackle gender inequality and promote agroecology, helping small-scale farmers take back power over their land.
np - Alliance for Food Sovereignty in Africa (AFSA)

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Strengthening harvests: Soil and water conservation practices strengthen harvests in Tanzania highlands.

High rainfalls in mountainous agricultural regions trigger a need for intervention to help farmers confront food insecurity and restore and protect their soil. 
United Republic of Tanzania
np - Alliance for Food Sovereignty in Africa (AFSA)

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Nigusi Memarta Afari Mebata:the king and his rules shall pass, but the ways of the Afar shall last forever

There are 1.8 million Afar in Ethiopia, making them one of the largest groups of mobile pastoralists in sub-Saharan Africa. 
np - Alliance for Food Sovereignty in Africa (AFSA)

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Changing the fortunes of farmers and families in Muranga's County, Kenya

The Organic Agriculture Centre of Kenya (OACK) saw that by providing the right skills, information and support, they could help small-scale farmers move away from subsistence farming and into thriving livelihoods that improve their local communities and the landscapes they live in
np - Alliance for Food Sovereignty in Africa (AFSA)

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Sustainable land management: Restoring community farmland in Uganda

KAFSCUL (Karamoja Agro-Farm Systems Consults), a private organization in Uganda, has been working with small-scale farmers in Jie County to improve soil fertility and make farmland more resilient to adverse weather conditions. 
np - Alliance for Food Sovereignty in Africa (AFSA)

International Society for Participatory Mapping (ISPM)

The Society’s objectives are to encourage and support the development, experimentation, evaluation, and application of participatory mapping methods globally in order to foster interaction and research in this scientific field, and to coordinate with other organizations in the study of participatory processes, mapping, and quantitative analyses. The Society places a...
nd - International Society for Participatory Mapping (ISPM)

Case study
Bringing life back to the land:

Zimbabwean farmers revive stagnant farms through agroecology
The Shashe farms in the Runde catchment area of Zimbabwe extend across three villages. Since 2010, over 500 families from the region have worked alongside ZIMSOFF (Zimbabwe Smallholder Organic Farmers Forum) and AZTREC (Association of Zimbabwe Traditional Environmental Conversationists) to revive arid cattle-ranching land into rich, abundant food forests.
n.p. - Alliance for Food Sovereignty in Africa (AFSA)

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Agroecology: an effective approach to prisoner rehabilitation

Agricultural communities in Kenya are rehabilitating prisoners through agroecology in a bid to reduce reoffending and revive local independent coffee farms.
n.p. - Alliance for Food Sovereignty in Africa (AFSA)

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Strengthening the productive potential of farmers

Strengthening the productive potential of men and women farmers in arid and poor areas of the Sahel: The case of efficient and accessible agroecological practices in the county of Loga, Niger
n.p. - Alliance for Food Sovereignty in Africa (AFSA)

Composición funcional de té herbal de guayabo (Psidium guajava L.)

El estudio de la composición funcional del té herbal de guayabo busca mejorar el proceso y la calidad de esta reciente opción de agroindustria del cultivo. A través de esta opción se ofrece un producto que facilita la tradición de usar las hojas de guayaba en infusión o tisana para...
202| - Corporación Colombiana de Investigación Agropecuaria (AGROSAVIA)

Soils for nutrition: state of the art

Food starts with soils, and as the target date to accomplish the SDGs grows closer, it is more urgent than ever to reverse soil degradation and tackle its effects on agrifood systems. This booklet aims to review the role of soil fertility in producing sufficient, safe, and more nourishing food...
2022 - Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations

Resilience Food Stories

The need to secure food supplies for a rapidly growing world population (by 2050 there will be an additional two billion mouths to feed) presents us with an immense task, if only because of climate change and the overwhelming demands we are placing on the natural environment. Producing healthy and...
2022 - Resilience Food Stories

Blog article
Promote agriculture so that more women are landholders and not labourers

This essay emphasises the significance of taking action to address the enormous and severe gender disparity in agriculture. It is still a cliché that women are capable of toiling the land but not of owning it. Every day, women in agriculture confront the derogatory stereotype that farming is a man's...

Blog article
FAO and partners push forward with increased South-South cooperation in Asia and the Pacific as momentum builds for sustainable agrifood systems transformation

Momentum is growing for increased South-South cooperation to meet and overcome the challenges of poverty and food insecurity in the Asia-Pacific region, experts from the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) said here today on the sidelines of a three-day multi partner EXPO on South-South and Triangular...
2022 - The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations FAO

Case study
Diversification perspectives of Guyana’s agrifood sector

Guyana’s agrifood systems are facing an increasing level of risk: rising sea-levels are eroding its coastal area, where much of the agricultural activity is located; recent off-shore oil discoveries threaten to crowd-out non-oil sectors; and a dependency on a limited number of agricultural export commodities exposes the agricultural sector to...
2022 - Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)

Blog article
Forest, Farm Producer Organizations trained in agroecological best practices

Thirty-five delegates from the Ghana Federation of Forest and Farm Producers (GhaFFaP) have been taught about agroecological best practises and the introduction of microorganisms into soils using locally accessible materials. The four-day training session was co-organized by GhaFFaP and Lifeworks Global in Techiman, Bono East, and gathered participants from Ghana's...
2022 - the Ghana Federation of Forest and Farm Producers (GhaFFaP)

Fact sheet
Ampliación del área de bofedales para criar alpacas en Chalhuanca, Perú

La práctica tradicional de ampliación del área de bofedales en Chalhuanca consiste en el uso y la desviación del agua a través de canales de irrigación que tienen su origen en las quebradas o en infraestructura semi-natural, como es el caso de las ‘qochas’ (reservorios o lagunas artificiales). Un estudio...
2022 - Organización de las Naciones Unidas para la Alimentación y la Agricultura (FAO)
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