ILEIA, the Centre for learning on sustainable agriculture, is an independent organisation that supports agroecological approaches and family farming.
ILEIA builds knowledge through documentation and systematisation, publishes Farming Matters magazine, and engages in advocacy in order to contribute to farmers' resilience and the improvement of their development options. All information produced by ILEIA is freely available to all who wish to use and/or reproduce it.
As the secretariat of the AgriCultures Network, ILEIA ensures coordination and coherence of network strategies and activities.
Contact ILEIA - the AgriCultures Network secretariat:
Lawickse Allee 11
PO Box 90
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Read 'Farming Matters' online - Global edition of AgriCultures Network magazines.
Improving the situation of family farmers is a burning need. And as they produce an estimated 70% of the world’s food, it is an issue that affects us all. The 2014 International Year of Family Farming aimed to create a better understanding of family farming and support the development of pro-family farming policies. This article highlights some of the key proposals made during the year.
December 2014: During the first day of the Global Landscape Forum this Saturday 6th December, held alongside the UN Climate Change conference, we were very happy to see the representation of farmers, women and indigenous peoples at the Forest and Farming Families Living Landscape pavilion.
The landscape approach has increasingly been promoted as a new perspective on addressing global challenges at a local level. In the face of increasing and competing claims to the land and the exhaustion of natural resources, planners, scientists and policymakers have come to realize the limitations of sectoral approaches. Integrated landscape level considerations have begun to supersede those restricted to, for instance, water, forests, farming and development programmes. Given this interest, and the potential impacts of such initiatives, it is important to learn from the many practical experiences in applying integrated landscape management throughout the world. This issue of ETFRN News 56, ‘Towards productive landscapes’, brings together 29 papers by practitioners from all over the world who highlight the successes and challenges of applying landscape approaches. Jointly, the articles explore: 1) the role of forests in mosaic landscapes; 2) governance arrangements at the landscape scale; and 3) key factors contributing to success in landscape management. This issue of ETFRN News results from a partnership between Tropenbos International (TBI) and the Centre for Learning on Sustainable Agriculture (ILEIA), part of the AgriCultures Network dedicated to landscapes.
Policy brief: Lessons from the landscape – approaches that work: Ensuring equitable benefits for forest and farming families
This policy brief introduces some common lessons seen where landscape approaches have worked. And it offers suggestions to rural development professionals that can help to consolidate and scale up the successes, for the benefit of the land and the lives of those who depend on it.
ILEIA contributed a chapter in the publication, Deep Roots, which includes 250 pages of images and articles contributed by agriculture and development experts, practitioners and scientists, giving us an idea of the importance of family farming around the world. The chapter provided by ILEIA on page 44-46 argues that agroecology is an approach that has proven to be able to unlock the great potential of family farmers. The article elaborates on the various special characteristics of family farmers, and explains how agroecology offers strategies that build on these characteristics, turning them into strengths. The chapter highlights examples from around the world where this approach has led to better food security, food sovereignty, income and independence for family farmers while contributing solutions to many problems the world faces today.
November 2014: AgriCultures Network member ILEIA is honoured to have contributed a chapter in Deep Roots, a 250 page book on family farming published this month by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations.
September 2014: "Agroecology can find a shelter under the FAO". These were the words of FAO’s General Director, José Graziano da Silva at the 1st International Symposium on Agroecology for Food Security and Nutrition on the 18th and 19th of September 2014. Set in the headquarters of the FAO in Rome, with 400 participants from all over the world, da Silva stressed the potential agroecology has to end world hunger while supporting family farmers.
IFAD, IFADAfrica and ILEIA, 2014
September 2014: On 17 September 2014, ILEIA co-organised a seminar on understanding the 'landscape approach'. Edith van Walsum, ILEIA’s director, told the 225-strong audience about the key role of farmers in the landscape, and made a compassioned plea for family farmers and women to have not just a seat at the table, but an equal seat...
September 2014: The Farm Experience Internship FEI is a practical period for students at Wageningen University, the Netherlands. This year as in 2013, ILEIA supported the initiative. More than 20 international students spent two weeks on organic farms in the Netherlands, living and working with the farmers and learning about their day-to-day and long term realities.
Debut speech Dr. Hilal Elver, UN Special Rapporteur on the Right to Food.
How can agroecology and other approaches support farmers to feed the world sustainably by 2030.
In December 2013, family farmers, field workers and journalism students analysed and articulated their experiences from the field in a documentation process, facilitated by ILEIA.
Throughout 2011, 2012 and 2013, upon request from IFAD, ILEIA guided a documentation trajectory with agricultural field staff in East and Southern Africa. They reflected on their work with smallholder family farmers in the region, and articulated their insights.
The Farm Experience Internship FEI is a practical period for students at Wageningen University, the Netherlands. The FEI 2014 brings together different types of knowledge held by farmers and students, aiming to create bridges between university and farmers. ILEIA is one of the partners in this initiative.