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.
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.
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.
Global Landscapes Forum: Forest and farming families speaking out – Speaking out for forest and farming families
November 2014: Tropenbos International, the AgriCultures Network and the Forest and Farm Facility are creating a space so voices from the fields and forests can be heard at the Global Landscapes Forum, Lima, Peru, on 6-7th December 2014.
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.