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Blog article
A revolution for our soil

Degraded soil can be repaired, and replenished with nutrients, until it produces abundant harvests at lower costs, while removing carbon from the atmosphere, and putting it back into the ground. This is the optimistic message of David Montgomery’s book, Growing a Revolution.
United States of America
2024 - Access Agriculture

Report
The Costs to Smallholders of AfDB’s Feed Africa Initiative: A Closer Look at the 40 Country Compacts

The Alliance for Food Sovereignty in Africa (AFSA) today unveiled a comprehensive report critically examining the African Development Bank’s ambitious Dakar II initiative, part of the broader Feed Africa program. This initiative, titled ‘Feed Africa: Food Sovereignty and Resilience’, aims to revolutionize African agriculture with a focus on turning the...
2024 - Alliance for Food Sovereignty in Africa (AFSA)

Video
Planting banana and plantain

Banana plants have superficial roots. Proper spacing, planting, and mulching will yield better and more fruit. You can also intercrop your banana and plantain plants with food crops, medicinal plants and other trees to provide additional sources of income and create a suitable micro-environment.
Benin
2024 - Access Agriculture

Blog article
Reviving Resilience: Chimanimani’s Journey from Cyclone Devastation to Sustainable Recovery

Five years after the catastrophic Cyclone Idai hit Chimanimani District in Zimbabwe, claiming over 500 lives and causing extensive destruction, the community's journey towards recovery and resilience offers a beacon of hope. This article by John Willson delves into the heart of Chimanimani's efforts, showcasing how the district is confronting...
Zimbabwe
2024 - Alliance for Food Sovereignty in Africa (AFSA)

Blog article
Battle for Biodiversity: AfCFTA’s Intellectual Property Protocol Unveiled

The African Union is in the process of finalizing a draft protocol on intellectual property rights under the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA), sparking concerns among civil society organizations about the potential impacts on seed systems and the rights of smallholder farmers. While the AfCFTA, enacted in May 2019,...
2024 - Food Tank

Video
Enriching soils with a mixed green manure

Different crops and tree leaves provide different levels of micro and macro-nutrients when incorporated into the soil. This adds organic matter, boosts beneficial soil micro-organisms and enhances soil fertility.
India
2024 - Access Agriculture

Manual
Empowering rural women to engage in responsible agricultural investments (RAI) in Sierra Leone

FAO developed this manual, in collaboration with Solidaridad West Africa, to support trainers in preparing and delivering the training on empowering rural women to engage in responsible agricultural investments (RAI). The design of this training programme is based upon a specific methodology that meets the learning needs of rural women...
Sierra Leone
2024 - Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)

Video
Raising pigs with no smell and less work

The bad smell of pig waste undermines the health of your animals and your own health and can create tensions with your neighbours. Washing the dung and urine into waterways also pollutes the environment. By using deep bedding sprayed with good microorganisms you can avoid all of this. You can...
Philippines
2024 - Access Agriculture

Video
Record-keeping for integrated farming

As the number of enterprises on a farm increases, it becomes harder to keep track of the cost of inputs and the revenues earned. Keep detailed records to see how your farm evolves over time. By comparing different farms of similar size with fellow farmers, you can decide if changing...
Philippines
2024 - Access Agriculture

Blog article
Welcome to Access Agriculture’s new site!

Brussels, Belgium — Access Agriculture is proud to announce the launch of its upgraded, new-look video platform (www.accessagriculture.org) with improved functionality and navigation that allows visitors a more engaging way to explore its incredible array of over 4,000 quality farmer-to-farmer training videos across 100 languages.
Belgium
2024 - Access Agriculture

Blog article
Un nouveau dispositif de surveillance pour défendre les droits des paysans

Au printemps 2024, le Conseil des droits de l'homme de l'Onu créera un nouveau groupe d'experts chargé de promouvoir et de surveiller les droits des paysannes et des paysans dans le but de faciliter la sensibilisation mondiale des autorités et de la société civile aux défis de la production alimentaire...
2024

Blog article
Le sol est à la base du bon fonctionnement des écosystèmes : leçons de Côte d’Ivoire

Le sol n’est pas qu’un simple support : il doit être en bonne santé pour que les activités agricoles puissent s’installer et perdurer. En Côte d’Ivoire, le ministère de l’agriculture a rassemblé agriculteurs, décideurs politiques et scientifiques autour d’actions pratiques pour assurer la durabilité des sols des paysages forestiers en...
Côte d'Ivoire
2024 - CIRAD

Report
Atelier International sur la Préservation et la Restauration des Sols Forestiers en Afrique de l'Ouest

Du 16 au 17 mai 2023, s’est tenu à l’Ivotel Hôtel Abidjan (Côte d’Ivoire), le séminaire international sur la préservation et la restauration des sols forestiers en Afrique de l’Ouest. L’organisation de ce séminaire est une initiative du Ministère d’État, Ministère de l’Agriculture et de Développement Rural (MEMINADER) de Côte...
Côte d'Ivoire
2024 - CIRAD

Article
Gouvernance des mécanismes fonctionnels d’une innovation agroécologique : cas de la production de biopesticides au Cameroun

La production de biopesticides pour l’agriculture est une innovation agroécologique qui répond à la nécessité de réduire, d’une part, les externalités négatives de l’utilisation des pesticides chimiques sur la santé et l’environnement, et d’autre part, la dépendance aux aléas du commerce international, surtout dans les pays en développement. Dans ce...
Cameroon
2024 - CIRAD

Article
Pour une gestion durable des sols en Afrique subsaharienne

La faible productivité de l’agriculture en Afrique subsaharienne est due en grande partie à la dégradation de la fertilité des sols. Les agricultures familiales, pilier de la sécurité alimentaire de cette grande région, doivent relever le défi de la restauration et du maintien de la capacité productive des terres. Les...
2024 - CIRAD

Article
Nourrir sans détruire avec des systèmes alimentaires territorialisés durables : le cas de l’espace Afrique-Europe

Après quatre transitions technologiques et organisationnelles en 400 000 ans, l’humanité est en quête d’une sécurité alimentaire durable et partagée. En effet, les lourdes externalités négatives du système agro-industriel devenu hégémonique en 150 ans incitent à reconstruire les systèmes alimentaires dans une perspective socio-écologique. Sur la base d’une synthèse de diverses prospectives, les...
2024

Article
Valorisation des sous-produits du palmier-dattier pour contribuer à la durabilité des oasis du Maroc

L’objectif de l’étude est de réduire les risques de dissémination du Fusarium oxysporum fs albedenis (bayoud) et d’incendies de palmeraies, causés par l’accumulation des sous-produits du palmier dattier. Pour cela, nous avons réalisé des entretiens avec les phœniciculteurs des oasis et de leurs extensions sur l’entretien du palmier dattier, la...
Morocco
2024

Conference/Meeting
The future of family farming at the balance

What is the future for family farming? This was the question posed in a technical discussion bringing together family farmers, representatives of governments, researchers, and experts from FAO and IFAD held at FAO headquarters in January. The “Future of Family Farming” meeting was held within the framework of the UN Decade...
2024 - Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)

Report
Mainstreaming Gender Equality and Social Inclusion in Nature-Based Solutions for Climate Change Adaptation

The impacts of the climate and biodiversity crises on people’s livelihoods and opportunities differ greatly based on their gender and other intersecting identity factors. Populations that face systemic marginalization and discrimination are often disproportionately affected.  International actors and scientific bodies, such as the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change and the Intergovernmental...
2024 - International Institute for Sustainable Development

Report
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
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