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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)

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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)

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


As announced in the EU Biodiversity and Farm to Fork strategies and in the Zero Pollution Action Plan, the European Commission is developing an Integrated Nutrient Management Action Plan¹ (INMAP) to tackle the currently unsustainable nutrient flows in the EU. The INMAP will aim to deliver on the European Green...

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)

Family Farming Cooperatives. Ensuring Inclusive and Sustainable Food Systems

Small-scale family farmers and their organizations are at the heart of sustainable food systems. In particular, family farming cooperatives are pivotal actors in many activities which food systems encompass, from production, aggregation and processing to distribution and consumption, providing key services and being often a driver of innovation. While developing...
2023 - Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations FAO

Blog article
Putting the evaluation pieces in place to assess the next CAP’s performance

Feeding Europe’s growing population requires more sustainable food production, but another summer of extreme weather, alongside severely disrupted supply chains, have once again highlighted the need to move towards a more resilient and regenerative food system – and the next Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) (2023 - 2027) is set to...
European Union
2023 - EU CAP Network

Regional Overview of Food Security and Nutrition – Latin America and the Caribbean 2022

Towards improving affordability of healthy diets
Regional Overview present the regional food security and nutrition situation, including trends of undernourishment, food insecurity and all forms of malnutrition, together with other indicators that could help the understanding of the causes of hunger and malnutrition. This edition offers a regional overview of the socioeconomic state of the region;...
2023 - Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)

Policy brief/paper
Sustainable seafood and small-scale fisheries: improving retail procurement

Sustainable Development Goal 14.b calls for providing ‘access for small-scale fishers to marine resources and markets’ by 2030. Small-scale fisheries directly support approximately 7% of the global population and make up 47% of the value generated by the seafood industry. International seafood markets and big retail chains are increasingly important for...
2023 - International Institute for Environment and Development

Policy brief/paper
Strengthening Indigenous land rights in Cameroon

Between 2017 and 2022, LandCam explored creative strategies to enable Indigenous communities in rural areas of Cameroon to exercise their rights to their historical and legitimate territories. Cameroon’s land laws do not recognise collective and customary land rights, making Indigenous Peoples particularly vulnerable to expropriation, displacement and human rights violations. A...
2023 - International Institute for Environment and Development

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
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