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 and other activities and programmes.
June 2015: On 26 June, in the framework of the United Nations International Year of Soils, Nature and More in partnership with FAO and IFOAM organised the Save our Soils Congress with the objective to raise public awareness of the central importance of living soil. Positively, the call for a paradigm shift was loud. But few concrete solutions were offered.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
March 2015: On the 19th and 20th of March 2015, ILEIA, together with other Dutch organisations, organised a two day gathering about soils. Hanna Kool, an intern at ILEIA, was part of the organising team and shares her impressions here.
March 2015: Between 16 and 21 March, friends and allies of Groundswell International visited our member organisation AS-PTA and the family farmers they work with. The visit was an important opportunity to exchange some of the agroecological knowledge and experience that exist in the Latin American continent, and strengthen regional and international alliances.
March 2015: "We are marching for health, for quality of life, for public policies. We, women, have the capacity to do anything. I have that capacity, as has every one of you here." With these words Marlene Pereira, vice president of the Rural Workers Union of Lagoa Seca, addressed five thousand women who took part in the sixth March for the Lives of Women and Agroecology in Brazil, on the 12th of March.
March 2015: At the end of February, around 300 peasants, fisherfolk, pastoralists, indigenous people and consumer group representatives from all continents gathered in the town of Sélingué in Mali with the aim to articulate their vision of agroecology.
February 2015: Farmers’ knowledge and agroecological experiences are the cornerstone of resilience. This was the main message coming out of the international seminar Building Agroecological Resilience in Semi-arid Regions, which took place in Campina Grande in Brazil from January 21-23, 2015. The AgriCultures Network supported the seminar.
February 2015: We cannot emphasise enough the importance of 2015 as the U.N. International Year of Soils (IYS). Little else is as fundamental to human life on the planet. The March 2015 issue of our global and regional magazines will be entirely dedicated to healthy soils.
December 2014: To contribute to better nutrition for family farmers, AME Foundation is working with women farmers in 20 villages in Dharmapuri, India. The results are clear. Today, around 800 farming families in rainfed areas in Dharmapuri have established 'kitchen gardens'. By recycling the limited water they have available, the women are now growing their healthy vegetables all year round, instead of only a few months a year.
December 2014: New report by FAO and ILEIA synthesises main recommendations of the International Year of Family Farming.
December 2014: So said one Peruvian farmer during our Forest and Farming Families Living Landscapes pavilion on Sunday 7th December 2014, the second and final day of the Global Landscapes Forum in Lima.