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
How to get there: Download travel directions.
Read 'Farming Matters' online - Global edition of AgriCultures Network magazines.
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.
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.
June 2014: The growing support for agroecology on the international political agenda was discussed on May 18th in Juazeiro, Brazil. Experts shared the various challenges they face in their respective countries when promoting agroecology.
Make better policies for people and the planet – Are we on the right track?
February 2014: Vandana Shiva was one of the keynote speakers at a two day conference in Wageningen, the Netherlands. She joined over 800 other thinkers and doers who are working to transform the food and agriculture system in The Netherlands and Belgium.
October 2013: Have you always looked for ways to learn more about the principles of sustainable agriculture? Are you curious about the values that underlay agro-ecological practices around the world? Have you been searching exercises and games to teach students about all of this? If so, Learning AgriCultures may be just what you are looking for.
September 2013: Civil society announces alternative congress in the making