AgriCultures Network - News from our partners
All members publish a quarterly magazine on small-scale sustainable agriculture and agroecology. But we do much more. Below, we update you on our other activities and programmes.
February 2014: Vandana Shiva was one of the keynote speakers at a two day conference in Wageningen, the Netherlands. She joined over 800 other thinkers and doers who are working to transform the food and agriculture system in The Netherlands and Belgium.
February 2014: In the city of Rome, the 5th Global Farmers' Forum took place. Hundreds of representatives of farmer organisations exchanged views and presented their strategies for the International Year of Family Farming.
December 2013: Civil society in Senegal and the Food and Agriculture Organisation jointly launched the International Year of Family Farming (IYFF) and created the new Family Farming Observatory.
December 2013: You can now join the 2014 family farming photo competition. Submit your best photos on family farming and win a prize.
November 2013: On November 22, family farmers in India launched the International Year of Family Farming in the presence of researchers and officials, and with the support of the AME Foundation and other organisations.
October 2013: On 17 October 2013, the Brazilian government launched a National Plan on Agroecology and Organic Production. President Dilma Roussef pledged to carry out the 8.8 billion-real (4 billion US dollars) Agroecology Plan by the end of her term in December 2014.
October 2013: Empowerment of small farmers for food sovereignty and resilience was the theme of the IV Congress of SOCLA (the Latin American Scientific Society for Agroecology).
October 2013: Have you always looked for ways to learn more about the principles of sustainable agriculture? Are you curious about the values that underlay agro-ecological practices around the world? Have you been searching exercises and games to teach students about all of this? If so, Learning AgriCultures may be just what you are looking for.
September 2013: Civil society announces alternative congress in the making
September 2013: On the eve of its 2013 annual meeting in Senegal, members of the AgriCultures Network held a public seminar in Dakar on August 26. The workshop, in preparation for the International Year of Family Farming in 2014, gathered around seventy participants from a wide variety: producer organisations, NGOs, researchers, local government, media. "Moving towards sustainable agriculture is a process of transition, step by step but systematically changing the way you farm."
August 2013: Preceding its annual international meeting in Dakar, the members of the AgriCultures Network discuss the state of sustainable farming in West-Africa and elsewhere with policy makers, farmer leaders, researchers, NGO allies and journalists. The August 26 event 'Sustainable Family Farming: challenges and opportunities in a world that moves!', is hosted by IED Afrique.
July 2013: The World Food Prize 2013 has been awarded to three scientists from multinational biotechnology corporations. The prize comes at a time of major controversy over genetically modified organisms (GMO). This has added fuel to the worldwide GMO debate, outraging civil society and researchers.
July 2013: Starting a farm is not easy for young people. However, around the world, young farmers are developing innovative strategies that allow them to access land, capital and markets. We have recently joined an initiative to document young sustainable farmers in Europe.
July 2013: ALIN staff participated in the third Agrobiodiversity@Knowledge Programme in Madurai India hosted by Dhan Academy from 9th to 13th July 2013.
July 2013: Often, there is little contact between agricultural students and farmers. In an effort to bridge this gap, ILEIA is supporting a new initiative at Wageningen University in the Netherlands.