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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)

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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)


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)

The Restoration Initiative: 2022 Year in Review

2022 marks The Restoration Initiative’s (TRI) fourth full year of implementation. While the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic still lingers across the world, including for TRI partners, the year was full of successes for programmatic objectives. As travel restrictions were lifted and further collaboration was made possible, TRI partners were...
2023 - The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations FAO

Blog article
Fisherfolk in Peru preserve mangroves and ocean resources through co-management

Communities in Peru work with local authorities to manage the unique marine ecosystems on which their environment and livelihoods depend. The Global Environment Facility-funded, FAO Coastal Fisheries Initiative has built the capacity of the community to ensure that they can oversee their ecosystems in a sustainable and productive way.
2023 - Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)

Organic Hemp - Harvest products products and opportunities

Enthusiastic fans see hemp as a crop that can meet current challenges such as climate change and resource scarcity. But can hemp really fulfill this expectation and what potential does the plant offer organic farms in Switzerland? A new fact sheet provides essential information on organic hemp cultivation for interested...
2023 - FiBL - Research Institute of Organic Agriculture

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Youth in Mauritania uncover the potential that their lands have to offer

An FAO project develops young people’s skills and sets minds towards agriculture
Aly Oumar Mohamed Sy used to almost dread the idea of making a living from farming. But “now that I’ve learned how to take care of the soil and cultivate it, I consider farming as my life's work,” says the 24-year-old from Mauritania’s Trarza region. What’s made the difference is...
2023 - Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations

Guidelines on forest biodiversity monitoring methodologies for Central Asian countries

For effective forest biodiversity monitoring in FAO Sub-regional Office for Central Asia (SEC) countries (Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan and Türkiye), it is important to develop cost-effective and efficient monitoring methods. The main purpose of the guidelines on forest biodiversity monitoring methodologies is to support FAOSEC countries in their...
2023 - Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations

From Germany to Uganda: Stephan’s Mission to Elevate Robusta Coffee

At the heart of the Slow Food Coffee Coalition, there are individuals—coffee farmers, entrepreneurs, and coffee lovers—each with a remarkable and deeply intertwined story. Their connection goes beyond just signing the Manifesto and embracing the values of the Slow Food network; it’s fueled by a profound passion that fuels a...
2023 - Slow Food
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