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Locally rooted

last modified Apr 05, 2016 10:21 AM
This section of Farming Matters presents short updates of activities, ideas and initiatives from the field and from members of the AgriCultures Network.

Locally rooted: Ideas and initiatives from the field

Two (or more) heads are better than one, goes the old saying, and the same is true in agroecology. As we see here, when people from diverse backgrounds come together, their different perspectives and experiences are fertile ground for creativity and innovation to blossom.

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Locally rooted: Ideas and initiatives from the field

Faced with many challenges, women find creative find solutions to improve their lives through agroecology. The experiences here highlight initiatives in which women have successfully organised themselves to strengthen their food systems, their livelihoods and their autonomy.

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Locally rooted: Ideas and initiatives from the field

Farming communities worldwide relate to water in myriad ways. The experiences here highlight grassroots initiatives focused on equitable use and distribution of water, community restoration of degraded ecosystems and innovative water saving techniques.

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Locally rooted: Ideas and initiatives from the field

There are many benefits from strong rural–urban linkages. Amongst others, consumers access healthy, ecologically produced food and build connections with producers, while farmers access fair markets that value their way of life. As seen here, it is for these reasons that both farmers and consumers work together to strengthen the connections between rural and urban.

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Locally rooted: Ideas and initiatives from the field

Farmers worldwide know that their choice of practices is key to the health of their soils. And this, in turn, is key to producing healthy food. But healthy soils, in many cases, are not the norm and so farmers must restore degraded lands. Here we see four different examples that offer a range of practical techniques that are successfully building healthier soils.

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Locally rooted: Ideas and initiatives from the field

Improving family nutrition is the primary goal of family farmers, though how they strive to do so varies considerably. As we see here, increasing crop diversity on their farms and growing more traditional varieties are two ways, but increasing livestock production is another that can also have huge impacts.

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Locally rooted: Ideas and innovations from the field

Landscapes are rich melting pots of biological and cultural diversity which, in many cases, are under threat. Here, from across the globe, we see four examples of farming communities taking initiatives to resist the destruction of their environment, assert their rights and improve their landscapes.

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Locally rooted: Ideas and initiatives from the field

Cultivating resilience is a practice that we see arising in many corners of the world. A seed is sown, it is watered and tended, and a stronger farming system emerges. Here, from four different continents, we see diverse examples of such development and how they are helping family farmers.

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Locally rooted: Ideas and initiatives from the field

All over the world we can find positive experiences where family farmers are working to maintain agricultural biodiversity, or are benefitting from it. Here are a four cases where farmers are making a conscious effort to conserve and market diverse crops.

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Locally rooted: Ideas and initiatives from the field

Family farmers and the many ways in which they contribute to food security, healthy landscapes and thriving rural communities can be supported in a number of ways. These are some initiatives from around the world.

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Locally rooted: Ideas and initiatives from the field

Efforts to improve educational content and access in rural areas vary widely. Here we show just a few initiatives to develop a broader and more inclusive approach, focusing on the curricula, on the tools used or the target groups.

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Locally rooted: Ideas and initiatives from the field

Throughout the world, small-scale farmers face different challenges when building a market for their products. Different strategies, involving different stakeholders, are proving to be beneficial, contributing to the generation of more sustainable livelihoods.

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Locally rooted: Ideas and initiatives from the field

More than a recipe to follow, SRI is a set of principles adapted to specific environmental or socio-economic conditions. As “work in progress”, these ideas are the result of trials and experiments carried out at different levels.

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Locally rooted: Ideas and initiatives from the field

Farmers around the world are experimenting with strategies to cope with and restore dry and degraded environments. These may focus on tree planting, or enhancing soil fertility. The following stories are just a few examples of how farmers in different regions use a variety of techniques to enhance ecosystem resilience and protect their livelihoods.

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Locally Rooted: Ideas and initiatives from the field

Examples from all over the world show that collective action is the most efficient and sustainable way for farmers to achieve higher incomes. Beyond the economic benefits, however, farmer organisations support their members and local communities in many other ways.

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Locally rooted: Ideas and initiatives from the field

Examples from all over the world show that collective action is the most efficient and sustainable way for farmers to achieve higher incomes. Beyond the economic benefits, however, farmer organisations support their members and local communities in many other ways.

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Locally rooted: Ideas and initiatives form the field

Insects are one of the many components of an agro-ecosystem. Their presence can lead to severe farm losses, yet they also make many beneficial contributions. Research and experimentation at a local level can help us identify ways to restore the balance between the different components, and so enhance ecosystem resilience - and yields.

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Locally rooted: Ideas and initiatives from the field

Farmers’ access to land is greatly dependent on the laws and regulations on land ownership and land use in a country. But legislation is often not enough to ensure fair and equal distribution of property, whereby farmers can feel secure of their rights to the land they work. Here are some examples from different countries.

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Locally rooted: Ideas and initiatives from the field

Regional food systems develop around the crops grown in a particular area. Yet other “ingredients” are also needed to help the different stakeholders connect to each other, whether these are other economic activities or alternative approaches. Here are just a few examples from different countries.

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Locally rooted: Ideas and initiatives from the field

Trees bring many benefits, even if these are not immediately visible and not all farmers recognise it. Here are some examples from different parts of the world about how trees help increase production and incomes.

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