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.
July 2015: Like in many other parts of the world, the Netherlands is a country with two realities. On the one hand, for decades policies have been pushing for further industrialisation of agriculture and food. Many farmers find themselves squeezed between the demands of suppliers and supermarkets, and a large number of Dutch farmers have closed business in the past decade. At the same time peasants, citizens and social movements are rising and building agroecological alternatives, creating more autonomy from existing power structures.
ILEIA is looking for a talented volunteer/intern.
June 2015: On 26 June, in the framework of the United Nations International Year of Soils, the Celebrate Soil, Celebrate Life! congress in Amsterdam aimed to raise public awareness of the central importance of living soil. Positively, the call for a paradigm shift was loud. But more concrete solutions could have been offered.
Call for contributions: Access and benefit sharing - can it work for family farmers and agroecology?
In a new publication, ILEIA will explore if and how access and benefit sharing related to plant genetic resources can work for family farmers and agroecology. The publication will be primarily be based on experiences of family farmers, and aims to inform farmers and practitioners, researchers, civil society, and policy makers. Your contributions are most welcome. Deadline: 15 August 2015.
FIAN, ILEIA, Otherwise, TNI, Toekomstboeren and the Wageningen University Rural Sociology Chairgroup welcome you to participate in the training weekend ‘Activating for Food Sovereignty: from our Daily Lives to Global Change’, an inspiring exchange on alternatives to our current food system.
April 2015: A compelling title for the Global Soil Week that was held this week in Berlin, 19-23 April, 2015. Madeleine Florin participated and represented ILEIA. The organisers did an excellent job as the event created plenty of space for participation by everyone and it was refreshingly diverse. More than 600 people representing 80 different countries were bound together by a belief in the importance of sustainable soil management.
April 2015: “With policies that respond to their needs, small scale farmers hold the key to achieving food security globally. And this requires a shift away from the emphasis on industrial agriculture and integration in global value chains”. This is the main message of ILEIA’s contribution to an ongoing policy consultation by the government of the Netherlands.
March 2015: On the 19th and 20th of March 2015, ILEIA, together with other Dutch organisations, organised a two day gathering about soils. Hanna Kool, an intern at ILEIA, was part of the organising team and shares her impressions here.
This report, drafted by ILEIA, highlights the most important contributions made during the Global Dialogue on Family Farming in October 2014.
March 2015: At the end of February, around 300 peasants, fisherfolk, pastoralists, indigenous people and consumer group representatives from all continents gathered in the town of Sélingué in Mali with the aim to articulate their vision of agroecology.
This report, drafted by ILEIA, highlights the most important contributions made during the Global Dialogue on Family Farming in October 2014. In the International Year of Family Farming, a policy dialogue process was organised, including six Regional Dialogues on Family Farming and civil society consultations at the FAO Regional Conferences - all of which focused attention on the challenges facing family farming and the actions that need to be taken to foster their role as key drivers of food production and stewards of natural resources, territories and landscapes in all regions of the world. This year-long process culminated with the Global Dialogue on Family Farming, which proved to be a phenomenal representation of the energy and action that characterised the entire Year. The report is co-published with the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, the implementing agency for the IYFF. It follows on from 'Towards Stronger Family Farms. Voices in the International Year of Family Farming'.
In order to combat hunger and malnutrition, we need to ensure that the human right to food of vulnerable groups is protected and realized in a way that gives them control over their food and farming systems. There are real opportunities to do so through agroecological farming practices, in which farmers work with nature instead of with chemical inputs, and through producer-consumer initiatives which increase people’s food sovereignty. This information brief was published by ILEIA in collaboration with FIAN and OtherWise.
December 2014: New report by FAO and ILEIA synthesises main recommendations of the International Year of Family Farming.
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.