Farmers in focus
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.
"My title in the community is 'Pognaa', which means traditional queen. Many families in the district where we live, Lawra, are not able to provide themselves with three meals a day and this causes them a lot of grief. For years, the government provided free chemicals and fertilizers to farmers as part of the Green Revolution strategy. Now, we see that this has led to serious land degradation. The farm lands are in a terrible state and do not produce enough food to feed the families."
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.
One of the main objectives of EcoBorborema, an organisation of family farmers in Brazil’s northern state of Paraiba, is helping with the commercialisation of their products, providing the local population with a wide range of healthy fruits and vegetables while ensuring farmers earn a higher income.
Tea is one of the agricultural products for which Nepal is famous. It is mostly grown in the eastern part of the country and is exported all over the world.
This is Zeinab Awad el Karim Ahmed. She lives in Barankawa, a village in the state of Sinnar, in the Blue Nile region of Sudan.
Mr Saruni Duya’s eight-acre farm, near the village of Nguruman, in southern Kenya, produces mangos, bananas, cucumbers, and also many different “Asian vegetables”, most of which are meant for the market.
The woman and daughter in this photo live in Fayoum governorate in Egypt. This is one of the most densely populated countries in Africa, which is why many people keep their poultry on the roofs of their houses.
La Cabrita is a real family farm. Guicella Igreda Lix (40) and her father Don Manuel (80) manage the goat breeding and forage cultivation together.
Emy Grace I. Wallares