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Apékira Gomgnimbou : l’agroécologiste éleveur de phacochères

Agroécologiste, apiculteur, éleveur d'animaux sauvages, Apékira Gomgnimbou est un défenseur bien connu de la cause du développement durable dans la province du Nahouri, région Centre-Sud. Portrait d'un paysan écologiste, éleveur de tortues et de phacochères, originaire de Pô et nostalgique de la Révolution d'août 1983. Gomgnimbou Apékira est une figure...
Burkina Faso

Policy brief/paper
Strengthening the Contribution of Agricultural Research, Extension, and Education in Mainstreaming Agroecology in the Asia-Pacific

Food systems transformation in the Asia-Pacific depends on the dissemination and mainstreaming of new approaches that foster sustainable agriculture. One such approach is agroecology. Agroecology is fundamentally different from other approaches to sustainable development due to its systemic and holistic nature and by its reliance on localized and bottom-up solutions,...

Introduction to trade, food security and nutrition

This course provides an overview of the concepts of trade, food security and nutrition, and it discusses their linkages.
2023 - Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations FAO

Comprehensive analysis of the disaster risk reduction system for the agriculture sector in the Republic of Moldova

This report aims to highlight the current strengths of the institutional disaster risk reduction (DRR) system for agriculture in the Republic of Moldova as well as indicate existing gaps and capacity needs to further enhance it. A comprehensive assessment is conducted, which includes a general overview of the country’s agricultural...
Republic of Moldova
2023 - Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations FAO

Agroecological practices for sustainable transition - CANALLS

CANALLS aims to drive agroecological transitions in the humid tropics of Central and Eastern Africa via multi-actor transdisciplinary Agroecology Living Labs (ALLs) and providing holistic agroecological solution that meet the challenges of the local food systems.
2023 - The CANALLS consortium

Blog article
Survey: What are the benefits of digital tools for farms?

By taking part in the survey, people working in the agricultural practice can contribute their experiences to the project. The survey will take approximately 15 minutes to complete. Every voice counts: Practical experience is essential when it comes to further developing digital tools. All businesses interested in the topic of ecology...
2023 - FiBL Switzerland

Blog article
All eyes on agroecology as Vietnam embarks on food system transformation journey

Vietnam is positioning itself as a food innovation hub for Asia, and is building its reputation as a responsible, transparent, and sustainable food provider in the process. As part of this transformation from agri-food systems based on crop monocultures and separate intensive livestock rearing, sustained by environmentally disruptive chemicals, it is...
Viet Nam
2023 - Forests News

Blog article
Inspirational idea: Organic experimental farm in Finland testing methods for improved animal welfare

HAMK Mustiala campus farm is an organic dairy experimental farm in Finland which offers a working environment for research, education and innovation projects. Research institutes, advisory services and agricultural companies cooperate with Mustiala on-site carrying out tests and research activities, many of which are related to animal welfare. 
2023 - EU CAP Nertwork

Forgotten Foods Cooking Contest: Dry Meat with Bou Khuda (Bangladesh)

Dry Meat with Bou Khuda Prepared by Joshna Begum Gram Unnayan Songostha (GRAUS) #Bangladesh The main ingredient of this dish is rice processed using a husking pedal. It also contains sun-dried meat (beef), which was how people in the old days preserve meat. Due to the availability of electricity, most...
2023 - Asia Pacific Farmers

Trade policy supportive of food security and nutrition

This course analyses trade policy design and implementation in the context of agricultural development and structural transformation.
2023 - Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations FAO

Efficient seed extraction in organic tomato cultivation

Tomato is a special case among vegetables, as its seeds can only be extracted from the pulp after a fermentation step. In order to optimise this working process, various harvesting frequencies and extraction timepoints were tested at FiBL Switzerland. The availability of organic seed has come into focus, as derogations to...
2023 - FiBL Switzerland

Gender Transformative Approaches to Strengthen Women’s Land and Resource Rights

International standards and policies are clear about women’s right to equality in the enjoyment of all their rights, including rights to access, use, inherit, control and own land. Sustainable Development Goal Target 5.a specifically calls for reforms to give women equal rights to economic resources, as well as access to,...
2023 - Center for International Forestry Research and World Agroforestry (CIFOR-ICRAF) and International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD

Magazine article
BRU - Bamboo & Rattan Update

Sharing the latest news and activities from the bamboo and rattan sectors
This issue of the Bamboo & Rattan Update Magazine highlights the unique advantages of bamboo for contributing to the goals of the UNCCD, and considers the untapped promise of the plant. Landscape restoration schemes rely upon accurate baseline data, so decision-makers can allocate resources in an optimal manner. However, in many...
2023 - The International Bamboo and Rattan Organisation (INBAR)

Working paper
Equality and Empowerment by Gender and Intersecting Social Differentiation in Agri-food Systems: Setting the Stage

Achieving gender and social equality in agri-food systems can result in greater food security and better nutrition for all—and transform food systems to be more just, resilient and sustainable. Equitable food systems are essential to achieving SDG 5, whose gender equality goal is intrinsically valuable and whose achievement supports progress...
2023 - CGIAR

Guía básica de aprendizaje: Sistema silvopastoril con árboles de sombra y bancos de proteínas (SILSOM)

“Guía básica de aprendizaje Sistema silvopastoril con árboles de sombra y bancos de proteínas” (SILSOM), es una guía técnica para la implementación de módulos silvopastoriles que contribuyen a la resiliencia climática de comunidades agrícolas en siete municipios de Cuba que forman parte del proyecto “Resiliencia climática en el sector agrícola...
2023 - Organización de las Naciones Unidas para la Alimentación y la Agricultura (FAO)

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

A regional framework among regional fishery bodies

Scaling up cooperation and coordination towards sustainable fisheries
This publication provides information on the main outcomes of the Regional Consultation among Regional Fishery Bodies in the Indian Ocean (Maputo, Mozambique, 22–24 June 2022), and of the Regional Consultation among Regional Fishery Bodies in the Eastern Central Atlantic Ocean (Accra, Ghana, 30 November to 2 December 2022) that were...
2023 - Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations FAO

Practices to improve soil fertility and nutrient availability in organic fruit orchards (Biofruitnet Practice Abstract)

Organic fruit orchards are dependent on commercial organic fertilizers derived from intensive conventional animal husbandry. These inputs are contentious and to be phased out.
2023 - Biofruitnet

Blog article
Réchauffement climatique : “Comment l’agroécologie peut sauver l’agriculture”

Spécialiste de l’agroécologie, Emmanuel Torquebiau est chercheur émérite au Cirad de Montpellier. Il explique en quoi le moment est charnière, pris en étau par ce qu’il appelle des “coups durs”, ces “crises” environnementales répétées, incendies de 2022, sécheresse et canicule historique en 2023. Des crises peut-être, finalement, salutaires “pour une...

Livestock solutions to regenerate soils and landscapes for sustainable agri-food systems transformation in Africa

Agri-food systems approaches have gained international recognition over the last years. The role of livestock—both in mixed crop-livestock and pastoral systems—in sustainable agri-food systems transformation remains contested. In this review paper we present new analyses of original data from an international livestock expert survey, a quantitative search in Web of...
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