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Blog article
Desertos e pântanos alimentares na mira da Política Nacional de Abastecimento Alimentar

São considerados desertos alimentares lugares onde o acesso a alimentos in natura ou minimamente processados é difícil ou impossível. A Política Nacional de Abastecimento Alimentar (PNAAB) lançada por meio de um decreto do presidente Lula (PT), em dezembro, traz também o conceito de pântanos alimentares, locais onde predominam estabelecimentos que comercializam alimentos não saudáveis,...
2024 - Brasil de Fato

Blog article
Encore et toujours, l'humilité

Intéressante reproduction d'un schéma très édifiant illustrant le fonctionnement à l'équilibre d'un sol naturel non perturbé et celui en déséquilibre d'un sol travaillé en conventionnel, déficitaire en carbone, en nutriments et lui-même rogné sur les grandes largeurs. Comment faire de l'agriculture performante tout en prenant soin de nos sols et...
2024 - CIRAD

A comparative analysis of Senegalese farm schools: unveiling effective practices for agroecology training

This paper assesses the value of agroecological farm schools by analyzing 4 Senegalese cases. Pedagogical quality is measured by: (1) feedback from former learners, (2) acquisition of fundamental knowledge, and (3) professionalization. Beyond globally positive opinions about training, our results show that farm schools display distinct performances. Developing a systemic...

Blog article
N°85 : Sur la piste des transitions agroécologiques. Quels chemins parcourus ?

Nouveau numéro de Grain de sel consacré aux transitions agroécologique en Afrique de l'Ouest et du Centre : quels chemins parcourus depuis 10 ans ? Les sillons du changement, des obstacles toujours complexes, les voix qui comptent. En partenariat avec l'Iram. Il y a 10 ans, Inter-réseaux consacrait un numéro de...
2024 - Inter-Réseaux Développement Rural

Blog article
The VIII Global Conference of the WRF concludes with a Final Declaration that recognises the “vital” role of family farmers for a sustainable planet

The final declaration of the VIII Global Conference on Family Farming underscores the crucial role of family farmers in sustainable development and urges greater collective efforts to address the challenges they face. Highlighting the significance of family farming in climate discussions and negotiations, the conference emphasizes the need for inclusive...
2024 - World Rural Forum

The need for ground-up transitions: exploring the knowledge politics of agroecology in Gujarat, India

Despite a plethora of emerging alternatives under the broad rubric of agroecology, sustainable transitions in Indian agriculture are caught between institutional inertia and lock-ins of its vast agricultural establishment on the one hand and a pro-active state promoting a natural farming. This push for Zero-Budget Natural Farming (ZBNF), while welcome...

Cross-examination of agroecology and viability in agro-sylvo-pastoral systems in Western Burkina Faso

This study aimed to examine the correlations between the agroecological status of farms and their viability in agro-sylvo-pastoral systems located in the savannah areas of West Africa. The methodology is based on farm surveys (to assess agroecological farm status) and on farmers’ focus group discussions (to assess viability at the...
Burkina Faso

Fact sheet
United Nations Decade Of Family Farming 2019 - 2028: Global Knowledge Products

Since the launch of UNDFF in 2019, FAO and IFAD have been developing and disseminating various global products to provide practical technical support, enhance national and local capacities, and facilitate the design and implementation of tailored policies, actions and strategies in support of family farmers. These tools offer adaptable learning...
2024 - Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)

Land Squeeze

What is driving unprecedented pressures on farmland and what can be done to achieve equitable access to land?
The 2008 global financial crisis unleashed a huge wave of land grabbing. But the pressures on farmland never went away. 15 years on, global land prices have doubled and farmers are being squeezed from all sides.  Huge swathes of farmland are now being snapped up for carbon offsets and other forms...
2024 - International Panel of Experts on Sustainable Food Systems (IPES FOOD)

Local food system resilience in the context of shocks and crises: vulnerabilities and responses of agroecology-based farmers in Peru, Germany, and the United States

Multiple crises have disrupted food systems around the world. The shocks induced by the COVID-19 pandemic, coupled with increased energy prices and shortages of fertilizers and agricultural inputs, have affected farmers everywhere. By applying inductive, qualitative, and comparative research approaches, we investigate the impact of shocks and crises on diverse...

Journal article
Towards gender equality in forestry, livestock, fisheries and aquaculture

The forestry, livestock, fisheries and aquaculture sectors are critical for sustaining rural livelihoods and achieving food and nutrition security around the world. Yet, these sectors are marred by significant gender and social inequalities. This review examines gender gaps in these sectors and what has worked to reduce inequalities. We show...
2024 - Bioversity

The potential of farmer training video for supporting agroecological vegetable production in Benin

In Benin, vegetable production contributes significantly to food security and poverty reduction. However, vegetable farming is confronted with declining soil fertility, poor pest and disease management, and climate change. Agroecological farming offers a new paradigm of sustainable agri-food systems that counters these challenges. From August to December 2015, farmer training...

Working paper
What about seafood? The role of seafood in UK food systems transformation

This paper argues that seafood should play a more prominent role in debates about food systems transformation in the UK. We discuss the connections between seafood and the broader food system, and consider seafood’s potential role in food systems transformation in the UK.  We unpack the opportunities this presents, as well...
United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
2024 - IIED

Diagnosis of aquaculture employment governance in selected African countries

Many countries are promoting aquaculture as one of the prime drivers of the rural economy and the employment of women and youth. However, the industry is criticized for inadequately representing the needs of workers. Most African countries have shown a willingness to advance industry goals through domestic programme planning and...
2024 - Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)

Processus d'innovation bio-fertilisants dans les systèmes de production du cacao en Côte d'Ivoire

Le marché des bio-intrants basés sur les fonctionnalités des micro-organismes est en croissance rapide, ces intrants étant une alternative potentielle aux intrants chimiques de synthèse pour la transition agroécologique. Si dans de nombreux pays en Amérique Latine leur production et usages font l'objet de dynamiques sociétales, entrepreneuriales et politiques fortes,...
Côte d'Ivoire
2024 - Centre de coopération internationale en recherche agronomique pour le développement (CIRAD)

Policy brief/paper
Structural data from agricultural censuses

March 2024 update
The FAOSTAT domain Structural data from agricultural censuses was launched in 2022 to disseminate data collected in national censuses of agriculture at the agricultural holding level. The censuses of agriculture are conducted under FAO’s World Programme for the Census of Agriculture (WCA), which is a decennial programme. The 2024 update...
2024 - FAO

Scoping review on the role of social protection in facilitating climate change adaptation and mitigation for economic inclusion among rural populations

Rural populations, especially small-scale producers and women, are disproportionately impacted by climate change since their livelihoods depend largely on natural resources and weather patterns. This paper reviews the available evidence on the role of social protection programmes in facilitating climate change adaptation and mitigation, with a specific emphasis on economic...
2024 - Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)

Journal article
To what extent can agriculture be reshaped to address healthy and sustainable diets by boosting pulse production locally?

The consumption of unhealthy and environmentally unsustainable diets is a major societal challenge because of its impacts on human health and the environment. The adoption of micronutrient-rich diets with relatively low pressure on natural resources is an important development target at the intersection between sustainability and public health goals. Pulses are known for being...
Nigeria - Pakistan
2024 - Politecnico di Milano Italy

Conference paper
Déclaration de Nairobi sur les engrais et la santé des sols

Du 7 au 9 mai 2024 s’est tenu le Sommet africain sur les engrais et la santé des sols à Nairobi, au Kenya, pour discuter de l’état actuel des sols africains et tenter de mettre en œuvre des mesures de restauration urgentes et appropriées. Ce Somment a permis aux différents...

Blog article
Être néo-paysanne aujourd’hui

Cet article mobilise des mots en écriture inclusive car le sujet d’étude porte sur le genre dans le monde agricole. Cela permet ainsi de rendre les néo-paysannes plus visibles dans cette recherche. Au vu des enjeux environnementaux actuels tels que le changement climatique, l’effondrement de la biodiversité ou encore la dégradation...
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