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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.


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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Joining forces and knowledge for healthy soils in the Netherlands

Joining forces and knowledge for healthy soils in 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.

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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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Brazil: Five thousand women march for agroecology

Brazil: Five thousand women march for agroecology

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.

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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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AME-F supports kitchen gardens for improved nutrition

AME-F supports 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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