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Locally rooted, globally connected

These sections of the magazine highlights activities, ideas and initiatives from the field and members of the AgriCultures Network.

Globally connected: News from the AgriCultures Network

Members of the AgriCultures Network are working together to advance family farming and agroecology by drawing lessons from farmers’ fields, sharing knowledge and working with social movements for policy change. Read our latest news.

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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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Globally connected: News from the AgriCultures Network

With the International Year of Family Farming in full swing, members of the AgriCultures Network are actively involved in a number of initiatives that strengthen family farmers and agro-ecology. Here are a few updates.

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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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Globally connected: News from the AgriCultures Network

In the International Year of Family Farming (IYFF), the AgriCultures Network will be buzzing with activity. The magazines within our network will be exploring aspects of family farming, such as their role in promoting biodiversity and nutrition.

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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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Globally connected: News from the AgriCultures Network

Since their publication in 2011, ILEIA’s learning modules on sustainable small-scale agriculture, Learning AgriCultures, have been distributed and used around the world. With the International Year of Family Farming approaching, this series is more relevant than ever. With themes ranging from technical topics to economic and social issues, the modules are invaluable for anyone who wants to increase his or her theoretical and practical understanding of family farming.

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Globally connected: News from the AgriCultures Network

The AgriCultures Network was present at the Second Scientific Conference of the UN Convention to Combat Desertification, which took place in Bonn, Germany. Network members have also been active on many other fronts.

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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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Globally connected: News from the AgriCultures Network

Our partner organisations are widely known for the regional editions of this magazine, from AGRIDAPE to LEISA China. Yet there is much more going on, with many different initiatives for disseminating information and exchanging ideas and opinions.

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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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Globally connected: News from the AgriCultures Network

During the past 27 years, our magazines have shown many of the ways in which farmers and organisations are fighting desertification. Combined with scientific knowledge, the approaches based on farmers’ ancestral knowledge and inventiveness can make a real difference, helping to conserve natural resources and give high yields. A quick review of the hundreds of articles published by the AgriCultures Network shows some aspects worth highlighting.

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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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Globally connected: Rio+20 - what now?

Many people were disappointed with the outcome of the Rio+20 conference in June. Nonetheless, it was a very good opportunity for many representatives of the civil society, from practically all countries, to gather and discuss the challenges that still exist for transforming the global agricultural system into one that respects and supports family farming and agro-ecology. What can we do now to capitalise on the results of the conference and keep the Rio+20 momentum going? Who should we work with? Partners of the AgriCultures Network share their ideas.

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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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Globally connected: What is a “green economy”?

With the Rio+20 conference coming up, it is time to evaluate what a “green economy” really means. Is this addressed in discussions throughout the world? Is a truly "green" economy viable in different regions? What are the main barriers in different countries? Network colleagues shared some of their opinions.

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Globally connected: More issues to consider

Land can be seen as a farmer’s most precious resource, and access to land has been identified as a basic right. Ensuring these rights is particularly difficult at a time of climate, food, or economic crisis. What specific issues should be taken into account? Network colleagues shared some of their opinions.

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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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