ILEIA introduced the term LEISA: Low External Input Sustainable Agriculture. The hypothesis was that there must be a wealth of knowledge in the world, remaining scattered and local. ILEIA created the forum to share this knowledge and farmers' experiences with it.
Over the years, ILEIA’s network expanded and so did the number of subscribers of the magazine, then called LEISA Magazine. From 1997 onwards, ILEIA started to regionalise the network and the magazine. A Latin American edition (in Spanish), an Indian edition, a West African edition (in French), an Indonesian edition (in Bahasa), a Brazilian edition (in Portuguese), a Chinese edition (in Mandarin) and an East African edition were established by regional partners in the AgriCultures Network. Together they are now reaching more than a quarter million readers.