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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.


The diversity of knowledge: a new publication on agrobiodiversity

The diversity of knowledge: a new publication on agrobiodiversity

A new publication offers insights about how to build an international knowledge community on agrobiodiversity, drawing on the experience of the Agricultural Biodiversity Community.

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Asia-Pacific consultation: "Agroecology is the future"

December 2015- TM Radha of AME Foundation in India participated in the ‘Multi-Stakeholder Consultation on Agroecology for Asia and the Pacific’. It was organised by The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) during 24-26 November 2015, in Bangkok, Thailand. Below are some of Radha's reflections.

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Agroecology: a success in Africa

Agroecology: a success in Africa

November 2015: On the 5th and 6th of this month, a unique Africa-wide seminar on agroecology took place in Dakar, Senegal. We are proud to present 7 inspiring agroecological initiatives driven by farmers from across Africa.

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Women in agroecology

Women in agroecology

October 2015: Around the world, women farmers use agroecology to improve the lives of their families and communities. The December issue of Farming Matters and our regional magazines will highlight women’s capacities and agency in agroecology. Here are are four such stories published earlier.

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Building, defending and strengthening agroecology

Building, defending and strengthening agroecology

September 2015: A new multimedia publication explores the meaning and politics of agroecology from social movement perspectives. They are produced by the Centre for Agroecology, Water and Resilience of Coventry University and ILEIA, the Centre for Learning on Sustainable Agriculture.

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Youth and women farmers in Brazil impress the AgriCultures Network

Youth and women farmers in Brazil impress the AgriCultures Network

On August 31 and September 1 2015, representatives from the Senegalese, Indian, Peruvian and Dutch members of the AgriCultures Network visited two farms of a network of 14 rural workers' unions in the state of Paraíba, called 'Polo da Borborema'. AS-PTA, a member of the AgriCultures Network has been working on agroecology in the region since 1993. The international visitors spent one day with women farmers and one day with youth.

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Agroecology: gaining strength in the Netherlands

Agroecology: gaining strength in the Netherlands

July 2015: Like in many other parts of the world, the Netherlands is a country with two realities. On the one hand, for decades policies have been pushing for further industrialisation of agriculture and food. Many farmers find themselves squeezed between the demands of suppliers and supermarkets, and a large number of Dutch farmers have closed business in the past decade. At the same time peasants, citizens and social movements are rising and building agroecological alternatives, creating more autonomy from existing power structures.

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Brave new peasants

Brave new peasants

July 2015: There is a growing trend of (often) young people without an agricultural background choosing farming as a way of life – this is happening worldwide. Who are they, why are they changing their lives and why are many choosing to farm with principles of agroecology?

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Impressions from Save our Soils congress in Amsterdam

Impressions from Save our Soils congress in Amsterdam

June 2015: On 26 June, in the framework of the United Nations International Year of Soils, the Celebrate Soil, Celebrate Life! congress in Amsterdam aimed to raise public awareness of the central importance of living soil. Positively, the call for a paradigm shift was loud. But more concrete solutions could have been offered.

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Latin America commits to policies that ‘boost agroecology’

Latin America commits to policies that ‘boost agroecology’

On 26 June 2015, governments, civil society and academics in Latin America and the Caribbean committed to promoting actions and policies across the region to ‘boost agroecology and food sovereignty’ as a way to strengthen family farming and food security.

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Organic matter matters

Organic matter matters

May 2015: The key ingredient for healthy soils and healthy crops is soil organic matter. But it has been neglected in recent decades. How could we have forgotten about it? And what is needed to bring it back in the fields and on political agendas? Insights from the AgriCultures Network.

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Social movements: “Embed agroecology in Brazil’s new investment plan”

Social movements: “Embed agroecology in Brazil’s new investment plan”

April 2015: Social movements and NGOs in Brazil are calling on their government to anchor agroecology firmly in the national policy agenda for the years to come. They propose that agroecology get a central place in the upcoming Pluri-Annual Investment Plan for 2016-2019.

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Soil, the substance of transformation

Soil, the substance of transformation

April 2015: A compelling title for the Global Soil Week that was held this week in Berlin, 19-23 April, 2015. Madeleine Florin participated and represented ILEIA. The organisers did an excellent job as the event created plenty of space for participation by everyone and it was refreshingly diverse. More than 600 people representing 80 different countries were bound together by a belief in the importance of sustainable soil management.

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With agroecology we can build soils for life!

With agroecology we can build soils for life!

April 2015: Healthy soils contribute to resilient food production. There is a growing number of farmers who have long known this and practice agroecology to improve the health of their soils. In many cases these approaches are being re-learnt and adapted. In the International Year of Soils, the AgriCultures Network explores and celebrates such old and new practices for living soils.

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“Enable small scale farmers to contribute to food security” says ILEIA to Dutch minister

“Enable small scale farmers to contribute to food security” says ILEIA to Dutch minister

April 2015: “With policies that respond to their needs, small scale farmers hold the key to achieving food security globally. And this requires a shift away from the emphasis on industrial agriculture and integration in global value chains”. This is the main message of ILEIA’s contribution to an ongoing policy consultation by the government of the Netherlands.

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