Farmers in focus
Farmer Madelyn Álvarez Díaz explains how the agroecological movement in Cuba has grown from aiming to improve soils to striving for farmers’ political self-determination.
André Jurrius is an organic farmer in the Netherlands who experiments with annual legume crops, and along with other farmers and food processors, is building new local markets.
Léocadie Voho is a cocoa farmer from Ivory Coast. Together with 23 other female farmers, researchers, film makers and the Fairtrade organisation she realised that trade was, after all, not fair. By filming her story, she learned how to make change.
Nelida Martinez, from Oaxaca, Mexico, came to pick berries in the USA. Now, against all odds, she is the owner and operator of her own organic farm. Through a farm business incubator, Nelida was able to rent land, and now produces organic food that she sells at farmers’ markets in the Skagit Valley area.
Márcia Patrícia is a family farmer in the Brazilian semi-arid. Active participation in the local rural workers union and access to water capture and storage technology transformed her life.
Dominic Machingura is an urban farmer in Harare, Zimbabwe. He is determined to prove the potential of urban agriculture to produce organic food and generate an income.
Nico Vandevannet and his family are convinced that healthy food comes from healthy soils. And, in the light of climate change, they also believe that their healthy soils are an investment in the future.
The many plants in Laxmi Acharya’s farm means that it is often mistaken for a miniature botanical garden. She needed more food for her family. But with so little land, she chose diversity.
Doña Cristina Osegura and the community around her in the mountains of Honduras show how they are using agroecological practices to sustain their families and their landscape.
Lower rainfall in Burkina Faso meant that Souobou Tiguidanla and his family could not produce enough food to feed themselves. Then they adopted agroecological practices, and now they have enough to share with their neighbours.
With seven other farming families, Ildi and Levente Haidu produce the 'Peasant Box' for customers in the city. In this way, they can distribute their many different, fresh and high quality products.
Holly Whitesides and her husband are trying to go “against the grain” of industrial agriculture in the United States. They use their family farm and their work on saving seed to convince other farmers and groups of the importance of a sovereign seed stock.
In the district of Lawra, Ghana, a group of female leaders is campaigning in their communities to convince other women to consume fresh and local foods on which no pesticides are used.
Many cultivators in Dhaubadi, in the Nepalese district of Nawalparasi, are benefitting from extension programmes and better communication facilities and are changing their relationship with the market as a result.
Geraldo Cândido da Silva, known as Dadin, lives with his wife Cida and their two children as farmers in the mountainous region of Zona da Mata, in the state of Minas Gerais, Brazil. The diversity of species on their farm not only benefits the environment but also contributes significantly to the family’s income.
Most of those who stop working after having had a job for several decades see their incomes decline drastically. In Mapepe, close to Zambia’s capital, former senior civil servants have transformed their lives by becoming dairy farmers and organising themselves in the Mapepe Dairy Co-operative. One of them is Colonel Cosmas Mazuba, who became the co-operative’s Chairman after retiring from the army.
Julio, Ednea and their children from the Padre Jesus community, Minas Gerais, Brazil.
Livestock has traditionally been an integral part of the farming systems in the Indian Himalayan region, but farmers regularly face an acute seasonal shortage of fodder, resulting in low milk yields, poor livestock health, women drudgery and forest degradation.
Vincent Hugo is one of the members of the UWAMALE Irrigators Marketing Cooperative Society Ltd. in Lekitatu, Tanzania. Starting with 15 members in 1997, the Society now has 175 farmer members, all of whom work to maintain, rehabilitate and expand the local irrigation infrastructure.
For small-scale farmers and sharecroppers in Indonesia, the Green Revolution has caused a lot of suffering since it began in the 1970s. Ibu Nasah has lived a tough and often indebted life, but she still owns a 0.3 hectare paddy field, which she cultivates. After joining a community Farmer Field School in a nearby village she has now become one of the facilitators in the local school.