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What are the members of the AgriCultures Network up to?

All members publish a quarterly magazine on small-scale sustainable agriculture and agroecology. But we do much more. Below, we update you on our and other activities and programmes.

Also check out the calendar of events related to sustainable family farming.


Unravelling the 'landscape approach' – are we on the right track?

Unravelling the 'landscape approach' – are we on the right track?

September 2014: On 17 September 2014, ILEIA co-organised a seminar on understanding the 'landscape approach'. Edith van Walsum, ILEIA’s director, told the 225-strong audience about the key role of farmers in the landscape, and made a compassioned plea for family farmers and women to have not just a seat at the table, but an equal seat...

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Farm internships in the Netherlands

Farm internships in the Netherlands

September 2014: The Farm Experience Internship FEI is a practical period for students at Wageningen University, the Netherlands. This year as in 2013, ILEIA supported the initiative. More than 20 international students spent two weeks on organic farms in the Netherlands, living and working with the farmers and learning about their day-to-day and long term realities.

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Brazil: Demanding appropriate policies for family farming

Brazil: Demanding appropriate policies for family farming

August 2014: Brazilian government bodies convened in Brasilia to discuss the International Year of Family Farming. Following the opening session, civil society took the floor. Progress in public policy was acknowledged, but civil society also brought a number of critical issues to the table.

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Family farming photo competition: choose the best photos

Family farming photo competition: choose the best photos

July 2014: The International Photo Competition 'Family farming: feeding the world, caring for the earth', visualizes how family farmers around the world produce healthy and nutritious food while they respect the environment and contribute to biodiversity. You can now participate and choose your favourite photos.

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The future role of agroecology in the world

The future role of agroecology in the world

June 2014: The growing support for agroecology on the international political agenda was discussed on May 18th in Juazeiro, Brazil. Experts shared the various challenges they face in their respective countries when promoting agroecology.

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Take heart from the Brazilian agroecological movement

Take heart from the Brazilian agroecological movement

May 2014: Brazil’s Third National Encounter on Agroecology was a huge success and the ripples have spread as far as President Dilma Rousseff’s office. Days after the meeting, while announcing a new plan for family farming and food security in Brazil, Dilma stated that the future of Brazil will lie in “the marriage between family farming and agroecology”.

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Photo competition: more than 1300 entries

Photo competition: more than 1300 entries

May 2014: By the deadline, we have received in excess of 1300 photos in the family farming photo competition, from all continents with Latin America taking the lead.

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Young farmers in Europe: new films

Young farmers in Europe: new films

April 2014: In Europe, an increasing number of young people are setting up a sustainable farm. ILEIA's partner Future Farmers in the Spotlight captures the stories of these young family farmers who have - despite many difficulties - managed to set up a farm in an innovative, viable and sustainable way.

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Brazil: Women farmers march for their rights

Brazil: Women farmers march for their rights

March 2014: More than 3500 women farmers participated in the 5th March for the Lives of Women and for Agroecology that took place on March 14th in the Brazilian federal state Paraíba. In total, almost 50 buses brought participants from several municipalities together for the March that was supported by AS-PTA.

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Over 800 people gather to build the food movement in The Netherlands

Over 800 people gather to build the food movement in The Netherlands

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.

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Farmers' Forum calls for agro-ecology and farmer control over production

Farmers' Forum calls for agro-ecology and farmer control over production

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.

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Senegal: Launch of the IYFF leads to new Observatory

Senegal: Launch of the IYFF leads to new Observatory

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.

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IYFF 2014 Family farming photo competition

IYFF 2014 Family farming photo competition

December 2013: You can now join the 2014 family farming photo competition. Submit your best photos on family farming and win a prize.

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India: Launch of the IYFF

India: Launch of the IYFF

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.

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Brazil launches Agroecology Plan

Brazil launches Agroecology Plan

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.

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