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African Perspectives on Agroecology

Why farmer-led seed and knowledge systems matter
Seed embodies life, power, and culture. From Africa’s deserts and drylands to its mighty river systems and tropical forests, from those growing a multiplicity of grains, legumes, and vegetables, to others struggling to produce enough to feed their families, seed provides the mainstay for the continent’s 500 million small-scale farmers...

Technical Guidance note: Rural women and financial inclusion

Improving the gender-responsiveness of design and delivery of rural finance interventions through innovative approaches and mechanisms is important for promoting rural women’s economic empowerment. This document highlights practical and actionable approaches from the sector in order to guide the work of practitioners engaging at country level to pursue the above...
2024 - Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)

Pacific oyster farming

A practical manual
The purpose of this manual is to give the reader a foundation of practical knowledge regarding all aspects of Pacific oyster cultivation. It is targeted at new entrants to the market wishing to establish a farm, and existing operators who wish to develop their farms and explore new cultivation techniques....
2024 - FAO

Journal article
Who and what gets recognized in digital agriculture: agriculture 4.0 at the intersectionality of (Dis)Ableism, labor, and recognition justice

This paper builds on prior critical scholarship on Agriculture 4.0—an umbrella term to reference the utilization of robot-ics and automation, AI, remote sensing, big data, and the like in agriculture—especially the literature focusing on issues relating to equity and social sustainability. Critical agrifood scholarship has spent considerable energy interrogating who gets what, how...
United States of America
2024 - Food Systems Institute, Colorado State University

Blog article
World Bicycle Relief and Access Agriculture team up to support young changemakers in Uganda

Five teams of Entrepreneurs for Rural Access (ERA) in Uganda are all set to hit the road on their new Buffalo Bicycles carrying their smart projectors to promote videos on agroecology and organic farming in remote villages, thanks to an innovative partnership agreement between the World Bicycle Relief and Access...
2024 - Access Agriculture

Blog article
From family farm to family firm

In Peru, one way to save endangered, native potatoes is by selling and eating them. I recently learned that some restaurant owners are buying native potatoes directly from farmers. Paul and Marcella and I went with local agronomist Raúl Ccanto to meet Guido Villegas, the Huancayo city official in charge of...
2024 - Access Agriculture

Making fermented organic poultry feed

Organic feed that is free from harmful chemical residues and antibiotics is often not available in the market. With organic feeds, you can double up the volume by mixing a variety of grasses and leaves that can be found all around the farm. This is where you can get your...
2024 - Access Agriculture

Blog article
Les experts planchent sur le contraste « agro-industrie versus agro écologie » pour l’avenir agricole du Sénégal

Quel avenir et quelles perspectives pour l’agriculture sénégalaise ? La 29ème édition des traditionnelles « Mardi du BAME » tenue ce mardi 16 avril 2024 à l’Institut sénégalais de recherches agricoles (ISRA) à Dakar a été l’occasion pour des experts  de se pencher sur des projections de l’agriculture sénégalaise d’ici à 2050. Répondre aux...

Access Agriculture Panorama - February 2024

Highlights:• New videos: Record-keeping for integrated farming / Tenue de registres pour l'agriculture intégrée• World Bicycle Relief and Access Agriculture team up to support young changemakers in Uganda• From family farm to family firm• Entrepreneurs for Rural Access (ERAs) at work in India• Editor's choice - How to sell ecological food
2024 - Access Agriculture

Implementing the Small-Scale Fisheries Guidelines for gender-equitable and climate-resilient food systems and livelihoods

Summary baseline report of the FAO FMM/GLO/155/MUL Project: Indonesia, Madagascar, Namibia and the Philippines
This report presents the design and results of a baseline survey with respect to a project of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) focusing on empowering women in small-scale fisheries. The project supports the implementation of the Voluntary Guidelines for Securing Sustainable Small-Scale Fisheries in the...
2024 - Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)

Countries' Agri-Environmental Policies Database

A new database of 6124 policies at the intersection of agriculture and the environment. Implemented between 1960 and 2022 in over 200 countries. Comprises a wide range of types of policies (e.g., ranging from legislative changes to payments for ecosystem services), as well as a wide range of goals (e.g.,...

Blog article
FAO launches global commitment to enhance gender equality in agrifood systems

Investing in women within agrifood systems is crucial for global economic growth and reducing hunger. The FAO's Commit to Grow Equality initiative calls for significant financing and partnerships to empower women in agriculture. High-level speakers at the launch event underscored the importance of gender equality for economic development. The initiative...
2024 - Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)

Blog article
Los países de América Latina y el Caribe establecieron nuevas prioridades de la FAO en la región para transformar los sistemas agroalimentarios y garantizar seguridad alimentaria

Representantes de los treinta y tres Estados miembros asistieron a la 38ª Conferencia Regional de la FAO celebrada en Guyana para debatir cómo reducir el hambre y la desigualdad en la mayor región exportadora de productos agroalimentarios del mundo. La 38 Conferencia Regional de la FAO para América Latina y el...
2024 - Organización de las Naciones Unidas para la Alimentación y la Agricultura (FAO)


It is critical to address the challenges and structural inequalities that hold women back in agrifood systems. FAO is launching a global commitment process to enhance financing for gender equality and women’s empowerment in agrifood systems. Bringing together governments, philanthropy, private sector, United Nations and other multilateral agencies, civil society...
2024 - Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)

Blog article
Le Sénégalais Mouhamadou Kebe utilise l’IA pour offrir aux paysans des informations en temps réel sur leurs cultures

Il met ses compétences en technologie au service des petits agriculteurs afin d’améliorer leur vie. L’impact de ses solutions lui a permis d’obtenir quelques prix et récompenses.  Mouhamadou Lamine Kebe est un entrepreneur sénégalais. En 2018, il a cofondé Tolbi, dont il est le président-directeur général. La start-up, qui veut...

Blog article
Des étudiants révolutionnent l’agriculture en Ouganda grâce aux technologies et à l’entrepreneuriat

« La mécanisation est l’avenir de l’agriculture, et en tant qu’ingénieurs, nous sommes bien placés pour y contribuer », déclare Samuel Okoci, étudiant en dernière année de licence d’ingénierie électrique et électronique à l’Université des sciences et technologies de Mbarara (MUST) en Ouganda. Animés par une passion commune pour l’aide...
2024 - UNESCO

Technical report on Greening and Restoration of Wastelands with Agroforestry (G.R.O.W)

This technical report on Greening and Restoration of Wastelands with Agroforestry (GROW) will benefit for taking up restoration projects for achieving national commitments of Land Degradation Neutrality and restoring 26 million hectares of degraded land by 2030, as well as creating an additional carbon sink of 2.5 to 3 billion...

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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