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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.


Strengthening alliances for agroecology in Latin America

Strengthening alliances for agroecology in Latin America

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.

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Nyéléni declaration: agroecology for food sovereignty!

Nyéléni declaration: agroecology for food sovereignty!

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.

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Agroecology for climate resilience in semi-arid regions

Agroecology for climate resilience in semi-arid regions

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.

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Join us in the International Year of Soils

Join us in the International Year of Soils

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.

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India: Kitchen gardens for improved  nutrition

India: Kitchen gardens for improved nutrition

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.

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Towards stronger family farms - the close of the IYFF

Towards stronger family farms - the close of the IYFF

December 2014: New report by FAO and ILEIA synthesises main recommendations of the International Year of Family Farming.

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Day 2: “We are conserving our landscape, but could do much more with a little help...”

Day 2: “We are conserving our landscape, but could do much more with a little help...”

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.

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Day 1: Forest and farming families speaking out – Speaking out for forest and farming families

Day 1: Forest and farming families speaking out – Speaking out for forest and farming families

December 2014: During the first day of the Global Landscape Forum this Saturday 6th December, held alongside the UN Climate Change conference, we were very happy to see the representation of farmers, women and indigenous peoples at the Forest and Farming Families Living Landscape pavilion.

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Global Landscapes Forum: Forest and farming families speaking out – Speaking out for forest and farming families

Global Landscapes Forum: Forest and farming families speaking out – Speaking out for forest and farming families

November 2014: Tropenbos International, the AgriCultures Network and the Forest and Farm Facility are creating a space so voices from the fields and forests can be heard at the Global Landscapes Forum, Lima, Peru, on 6-7th December 2014.

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Deep Roots: United Nations book on family farming features AgriCultures Network contribution

Deep Roots: United Nations book on family farming features AgriCultures Network contribution

November 2014: Agroecology can unlock the potential of family farmers. This is the main message of the chapter written by AgriCultures Network member ILEIA in Deep Roots. The 250 page book on family farming was published this month by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations.

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And the winners are...

And the winners are...

October 2014: The Global Winner of the 2014 Family Farming photo competition portrays a young farming couple in the Philippines, captured by amateur photographer Danilo Victoriano Jr.

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Agroecology Symposium at the FAO: a small step for farming families, a big step for policy makers

Agroecology Symposium at the FAO: a small step for farming families, a big step for policy makers

September 2014: "Agroecology can find a shelter under the FAO". These were the words of FAO’s General Director, José Graziano da Silva at the 1st International Symposium on Agroecology for Food Security and Nutrition on the 18th and 19th of September 2014. Set in the headquarters of the FAO in Rome, with 400 participants from all over the world, da Silva stressed the potential agroecology has to end world hunger while supporting family farmers.

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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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