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Case study
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...
Togo
np - Alliance for Food Sovereignty in Africa (AFSA)

Case study
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. 
Benin
np - Alliance for Food Sovereignty in Africa (AFSA)

Case study
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.
Kenya
np - Alliance for Food Sovereignty in Africa (AFSA)

Case study
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.
Uganda
np - Alliance for Food Sovereignty in Africa (AFSA)

Case study
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)

Case study
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. 
Ethiopia
np - Alliance for Food Sovereignty in Africa (AFSA)

Case study
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
Kenya
np - Alliance for Food Sovereignty in Africa (AFSA)

Case study
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. 
Uganda
np - Alliance for Food Sovereignty in Africa (AFSA)

Website
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.
Zimbabwe
n.p. - Alliance for Food Sovereignty in Africa (AFSA)

Case study
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.
Kenya
n.p. - Alliance for Food Sovereignty in Africa (AFSA)

Case study
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
Niger
n.p. - Alliance for Food Sovereignty in Africa (AFSA)

Report
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

Website
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
À la recherche de la formule magique des cultures de demain

Comment se nourrir demain en préservant la planète ? C’est bien possible.  Les associations de céréales et légumineuses sont une des pistes à suivre, selon l'Inrae, pour une agriculture économe en intrants. L'idée est de « concevoir des systèmes agricoles sans pesticides, en utilisant la biodiversité comme moyen de production » et en associant des agriculteurs, explique Stéphane...
2022

Report
The use of solar energy in irrigated agriculture

A sourcebook for irrigation water management with alternative energy solutions
In the last decade, solar energy has experienced a rapid growth, which brings both environmental and economic benefits. In many countries, there is still no electricity grid extension in rural areas, and in the absence of a reliable electricity supply, farmers have to resort to diesel-based pumping irrigation systems. The...
2022 - Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations

Technical paper
UNDFF Regional Action Plan for strengthening family farming in South Asia 2021–2028

Family farming has been gaining global attention since 2014, which was designated the United Nations’ International Year of Family Farming (IYFF). By dedicating an international year to family farming, the United Nations repositioned family farming at the centre of agricultural, environmental and social policies in national agendas and achieved a...
2022 - Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations FAO

Report
La nueva serie Informes País Mujeres Rurales, la Iniciativa Mujer Rural y Derecho a la Tierra

La nueva serie Informes País Mujeres Rurales, la Iniciativa Mujer Rural y Derecho a la Tierra ofrece una mirada a la situación de las mujeres rurales en distintos países de Latinoamérica. Presenta datos unificados para entender sus condiciones demográficas, analizamos los mecanismos institucionales con los que cuentan para la garantía de...
2022 - International Land Coalition (ILC)

Video
Comment moderniser l'agriculture africaine par le numérique ?

L'innovation et l'application de technologies rendraient-elles les pratiques agricoles plus productives et durables ? Quelle efficacité pour l'agriculture intelligente face au climat ? Les Smart Farms ont-elles un avenir en Afrique ? Voici autant de questions autour desquelles La tribune Afrique a recueillis l’avis d’experts du domaine lors de son émission « Connect 54 »...
2022 - La Tribune Afrique

Report
Making way: developing national legal and policy frameworks for pastoral mobility

Mobility is a vital strategy employed by pastoralists to capitalize on the scarce availability of resources in variable environments, making pastoralism economically feasible and environmentally sustainable. Through mobility, pastoralists can produce animal-sourced products that provide food and income security to populations in the world’s rangelands. Such a practice also provides...
2022 - Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations FAO
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