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Update from ILEIA

Update from ILEIA

Dear friends,

Here is an update from ILEIA. Earlier this year we informed you about the closing down of ILEIA on July 1st 2017, which became inevitable due to an unexpected shortfall of funds. During the past seven months we have been working hard to hand over the ILEIA legacy to our colleagues in the AgriCultures Network (AN) and to many others. This process is still ongoing but our office in Wageningen is closed now. We thought you might be interested in receiving an update. Please share this message with people in your networks whom we may not have reached yet.A vibrant Network and a new Secretariat.

The AgriCultures Network has seized this moment as an opportunity to create a new Secretariat in Dakar and move ILEIA’s legacy into new spaces. The new Secretariat, hosted by IED Afrique, supports the AN Management Team in streamlining the Network transition in cooperation with the former board chair and director of ILEIA. The Network is preparing a perspective plan for the coming three years and is seeking funding for it. It welcomes new members and associates to join the Network.

The AN Management team, from left to right: KVS Prasad, Paulo Petersen, Bara Gueye and Edith van Walsum.

Magazines of the future
The AN will launch a new digital magazine platform in 2018. This platform will build on ILEIA’s global magazine Farming Matters and on the strong local roots of the regional magazines. It will help the AN to reach more diverse audiences more frequently and at a lower cost. The AN’s team of editors, working across languages, cultures and continents, is getting set for the next step in the collective journey of knowledge building and sharing. The magazine will thus become an integral part of a broader strategy that links the systematisation of concrete agroecological experience with advocacy, education and science. We are all looking forward to this new adventure.

ILEIA’s library is moving to Northern Ghana
The ILEIA library collection, consisting of more than 12000 publications on sustainable and organic agriculture, food and agroecology, is all set for its journey from Wageningen to Northern Ghana. We agreed with Professor Millar, founder of Millar’s Open University (MOU) in Bolgatanga and an alumnus of Wageningen University, that MOU would be a great new home for ILEIA’s unique collection. Professor Millar expects a warm interest among students. The arrival of the library in Bolgatanga will be a good occasion to organise a seminar on the experiences in dryland farming in Ghana and other countries in the region, and to draw lessons for practice and policy. We have requested the Netherlands Embassy in Accra to support this initiative.

And for all people living outside Bolgatanga: we are presently updating ILEIA’s digital library. In the process we found a number of rare and interesting publications which are not yet digitally available. The Wageningen University library has kindly agreed to include some 25 of these publications in their digital collection. Thank you WUR for making these publications available to a wide audience!

Cultivate!
A new organisation Cultivate! has been started by some of ILEIA’s former staff. The aim is to build on ILEIA’s legacy, but with a stronger focus on Europe in a global context. Cultivate! sees a potential for a Europe-wide collaborative communication, learning and advocacy strategy for the amplification of agroecology and food sovereignty. The Cultivate! team plans to systematise successful initiatives in food and farming in order to draw lessons for practice and policy, connect different actors, support dynamic learning and use creative communication tools to share the resulting insights.

And finally…
Your encouraging reactions during the past half year made it clear to us that ILEIA has meant many positive things to many people. Over the years it has had a real impact on the lives of thousands of farm families, fieldworkers, scientists, students, consumers, policymakers and other citizens in different parts of the world. Thank you for sharing your diverse and interesting experiences!

We feel sad to say farewell to ILEIA as an organisation but we are glad that its legacy is alive and kicking. “Sometimes it is good to move on and start a new chapter and find new spaces”, said one of our friends. With gratitude we hand over the ILEIA legacy to our colleagues in the AgriCultures Network and to other friends and allies in different parts of the world. Our special thanks go to the many farmers and fieldworkers who shared so many insights with us over the years. We also thank Sida (Swedish International Development Agency) which supported us financially for over a decade but had to end the funding relationship with ILEIA due to the refugee crisis in 2015-2016. Lastly, we thank the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs for giving ILEIA the space to identify, share and amplify practical experiences in agroecology and family farming over a period of more than twenty-five years. There are many more inspirators, allies, authors, champions, farmer philosophers, former ILEIA staff, interns, volunteers, board members and funders whom we would like to thank; they are too many to name them all.

We look forward to seeing you again, in a new constellation!

With warm regards,

for ILEIA…
Edith van Walsum (former director) em.van.walsum@gmail.com
Bram Huijsman (former chair of the Supervisory Board) bramwerk65@gmail.com
www.ileia.org

for the Agricultures Network…
the AN Management Team:
Bara Gueye baragueye@iedafrique.org
Paulo Petersen paulo@aspta.org.br
KVS Prasad leisaindia@yahoo.co.in
www.agriculturesnetwork.org

Agroecologia e os Objetivos do Desenvolvimento Sustentável

AGRICULTURAS | December 2016 | Published by AS.PTA

 

This special issue of reproduces summaries of studies carried out in Latin American countries on the contribution of the peasant family on Agroecology to the realization of the multifunctional potentials of peasant family agriculture.
 
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Plantas Alimentícias Não-Convencionais

AGRICULTURAS | Augustus 2016 | Published by AS.PTA

This edition of Agricultures Magazine covers agroecological strategies aimed at enhancing the Pancs as a way to guarantee the human right to food (HRFN).

These strategies frontally oppose the commodification of food and biotecnocráticas solutions associated with the logic of privatization of biodiversity. According to the agro-ecological approach, agrifood systems must be developed ensuring the continuity and strengthening of organic links between biological diversity and cultural diversity for millennia conform true biocultural heritage of our peoples.

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Comunicar para transformar

AGRICULTURAS | June 2016 | Published by AS.PTA

This issue of Agricultures aims to provide insight on the importance of communication within a community.

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CHANGEMENT CLIMATIQUE ET RÉSILIENCE DES SYSTÈMES AGROALIMENTAIRES

AGRIDAPE| June 2017 | Published by ied Afrique

This issue of the journal AGRIDAPE focuses on the resilience strategies developed by African farmers in the face of climate change, which is a serious threat to the sustainability of agricultural production systems and food security in Africa.

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Les sentiers de la souveraineté alimentaire

AGRIDAPE| March 2017 | Published by ied Afrique

This edition of the journal AGRIDAPE focuses on the different stakes of food sovereignty in Africa.
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Comprendre l’appel des pasteurs

AGRIDAPE| December 2016 | Published by ied Afrique

This issue of the journal AGRIDAPE is a contribution to the debate on the stakes of pastoralism in Africa in a global context where livestock must be the subject of more attention for better financing of resilience.

 
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L’impact de l’agroécologie en questions

AGRIDAPE| September 2016 | Published by ied Afrique

The impact and value of agroecology are not yet amply recognised by decision makers and and as a result agroecology’s true potential remains to be adequately supported. To focus on and contribute to remedying this situation, this issue of AGRIDAPE demonstrates various qualitative and quantitative benefits brought about by agroecology.

 
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agridape_julyRevaloriser les espèces agricoles traditionnelles sous-utilisées

AGRIDAPE| June 2016 | Published by ied Afrique

The most effective solution to overcome food insecurity might be right under our noses but it is still being ignored.

This issue of AGRIDAPE looks at traditional grains or underutilised and neglected species. We call them such because public programmes, policies and consumers do not often take them into account.

However today, especially in view of the effects of climate change, we need to consider all the possible alternatives.

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Co-création de connaissances en agroécologie

AGRIDAPE | March 2016 | Published by ied Afrique

This issue presents concrete experiences of innovations in the productive processes and resource management of peasant family farming. It presents stories of farmers, scientists, urban citizens, government officials, NGOs, and others who have jointly created agroecological solutions that are suited to their own, local contexts.

This issue of AGRIDAPE, moreover, explores the political dimension of knowledge co-creation in the practice, science and movement of agroecology.

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Food and climate crisis

Farming Matters |June 2017 | Published by ILEIA

This issue of Farming Matters addresses the intersection of agroecology, food sovereignty and the climate crisis. Climate change is a political problem that highlights the need for systemic change to the way food is produced, processed and distributed.

 

From agroecological practices that build resilience, to social movements that resist land grabbing, the articles presented here not only argue for changes to the food system needed to tackle the climate crisis but demonstrate some of the ways to bring about these changes.

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Building food sovereignty

Farming Matters | April 2017 | Published by ILEIA

This issue of Farming Matters is about food sovereignty. Food sovereignty is a self-organised, grassroots response to today’s problematic food and farming system. Diverse people, such as producers, consumers, peasants, migrant farm workers and urban citizens, to name a few, are uniting around initiatives to regain control over their food and natural resources.

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LISTENING TO PASTORALISTS

Farming Matters | December 2016 | Published by ILEIA

 
This issue of Farming Matters explores the different ways pastoral societies are joining forces to challenge the policies that undermine their culture and way of life.
 
For millennia, pastoralist societies have managed the rangelands of the world’s most challenging environments, producing food and providing ecosystem services for millions of households.
 
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Making the case for agroecology

Farming Matters | September 2016 | Published by ILEIA

This issue of Farming Matters explores innovative ways to demonstrate that agroecology provides critical solutions to the challenges of our time.

Agroecology is gaining recognition for its potential to address climate change, biodiversity loss and malnutrition, and many successful examples exist. However, to garner the necessary support in policy and practice, looking differently at ‘progress’, ‘performance’ or ‘success’ of farming and food systems is key.

As agroecology can have impact at many levels, conventional indicators such as yield per hectare of a single crop no longer suffice. The experiences, opinions, and perspectives featured in this issue show how farmers, researchers, policy makers and consumers are using new lenses to track change.

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Revaluing traditional plants

Farming Matters |  June 2016 | Published by ILEIA

This issue of Farming Matters looks at the growing number of initiatives that aim to revive the potential of traditional plant species, and illustrates that these plants can strengthen resilient family farming rooted in agroecology and diversity.

This issue of the magazine shows that traditional plants are a central element in the creation of alternatives to the dominant crops and the associated global food markets.

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Access and benefit and sharing of genetic resources

Farming Matters Special Issue | April 2016 | Published by ILEIA

This issue of Farming Matters presents cases that demonstrate the limited extent to which family farmers have been able to benefit from the ‘formal’ ABS process.

It also uncovers some of the effective principles and mechanisms for access and benefit sharing such as community seed banks, and successful collaborations between researchers and farmers.

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Co-creation of knowlegde

Farming Matters | March 2016 | Published by ILEIA

This wholesale jerseys issue of wholesale jerseys Farming Matters illustrates Networkia how the collective creation cheap nba jerseys of knowledge Drug lies at the heart of agroecology rooted in family farming.

It presents Wegel stories of farmers, Maastricht scientists, urban citizens, government officials, NGOs, and others who have jointly created agroecological solutions that are suited to their own, local contexts.

The magazine presents inspiring examples from Costa Rica, Brazil, Ecuador, Norddeutscher Iran, India, Management the Netherlands, China and Zimbabwe, as well as expert perspectives on the cheap mlb jerseys challenges and possible solutions.

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Producción de alimentos en sistemas resilientes al clima

Leisa | September 2017 | Published by Leisa

In this edition of Leisa, we present experiences of peasant agriculture for food production in agroecosystems that, managed agroecologically, show resilience to the effects of the climate. Also present are the experiences of human groups that have suffered impacts of social violence and opt for agroecological production of food as a way to renew themselves productively and organically.

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Las montanas en la agroecologia y la alimentación

Leisa | April 2017 | Published by Leisa

This edition of Leisa emphasizes the relationship between the importance of mountains for the sustainability of life on the planet and agroecology as a viable alternative for the sustainable production of food and the conservation of important functions that meet the biodiversity agroecosystems, characteristic of peasant family farming.

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Pastoreo y pastoresa

Leisa | December 2016 | Published by Leisa

In rural areas of Latin America is the existence of the pastoralist societies not so clear. While the relationship between agriculture and animal husbandry is essential to contribute to the conservation of the biodiversity of ecosystems.

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La medición del impacto de la agroecología

Leisa | September 2016 | Published by Leisa

This edition presents articles whose authors relate that to advance the practice of sustainable agricultural production it is necessary to measure its impacts. As this is possible to assess the efficiency of the efforts invested to processes transition to agroecology or to confirm the importance of continuing to practice it.

We find that this form of agriculture to produce healthy nutritional quality, the nature of understanding and not depleting the ecosystem, it is increasingly recognized by consumers more time, especially those living in cities.

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Leguminosas y plantas silvestres en la alimentación y la agricultura

Leisa | June 2016 | Leisa

In this issue of leisa several articles described the importance of legumes, both for humans and animals and their contribution described in the conservation and recovery of agricultural land.

The edible seeds of legumes, vegetables, combined with some breakfast cereals and many species of wild vegetables are an essential part of the traditional diet of many peoples of the world, especially in Latin American countries. Many legumes of high nutritional value were once part of the diet of the indigenous peoples of Latin America, but were replaced in the colonial era by alien species.

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LEISA | April 2016 | Published by Leisa revista de agroecología

This issue of leisa presents concrete experiences of innovations in the productive processes and resource management of peasant family farming. It presents stories of farmers, Consultations scientists, urban citizens, government officials, NGOs, and others Farming who have jointly created agroecological solutions that are suited to their own, local contexts.

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Ecological livestock

Leisa India | September 2017 | Published by Leisa India

This issue puts together some of the ground experiences which are sustainable. These experiences reflect the rich biodiversity… the opportunity they offer to lessen environmental damage, for sustainable futures. It is extremely difficult and challenging to put together working alternatives. For this, we are extremely grateful to those who contribute articles, creating new hope and visibility to unsung initiatives.

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Climate change and agroecological approaches

Leisa India | June 2017 | Published by Leisa India

There is increasing evidence that agroecological approaches help in coping with climate change. While we cannot stop the changes that are happening in our environment, we can adapt to the changing situations so that farm livelihoods, food production, our ecosystems and the nations health sustain for longer periods.The experiences included in this issue reinforce the rich diversity of our heritage, the robust alternatives we have … to dream for a healthy future for our rural and urban communities.

This issue puts together some of the ground experiences.

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Stakeholders in agroecology

Leisa India | December 2016 | Published by Leisa India

Diverse stakeholders’ working together has been always a challenge – especially when the mandates are inherently different. Self imposed boundaries and hierarchies stifle collective action. However, all these challenges dissolve when the purpose becomes bigger than the position.
 
In this issue, we share some experiences which throw light on the immense potential of working together for a common purpose.
 
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Food Sovereignty

Leisa India | March 2017 | Published by Leisa India

Food sovereignty is not just pride and rights issue, it is about respecting culture, cuisine, choice and climate… in fact, a very pragmatic approach.

The experiences included in this issue reinforce the rich diversity of our heritage, the robust alternatives we have … to dream for a healthy future for our rural and urban communities.

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Agroecology- Measurable and sustainable

Leisa India | September 2016 | Published by Leisa India

There is an increasing recognition that sustainable resource management and sustainable livelihoods are inseparable. If neglected, everyone’s future is threatened.

While farmer’s distress stories are shocking everyone’s conscience, first time celebrations like International Year of Family Farming, emerging health consciousness among consumers, is putting farmers production practices in the focus for right reasons. Also, the mainstream international agencies are voicing that agroecological approaches are the way forward.

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Valuing underutilised crops

June 2016 | 18.2 | Published by Leisa India

It is heartening to know that there is increasing recognition worldwide for family farming and nutritional crops like pulses and millets. However, it is deeply disturbing with country facing unprecedented heat waves, droughts and farmer’s miseries.

Diversity is the key for coping with climate change, for sustaining livelihoods and planet ecology. There is lot more to be understood about cultures, their options and resilience. This issue focusing on the theme of valuing underutilised crops brings out the role of local food crops, particularly in addressing the issues of food security and climate change.

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Co-creation of knowledge

March 2016| 18.1  | Published by LEISA India

There is increasing realisation worldwide that agroecological approaches are the solution for creating healthy and wealthy nations, providing adequate food, ecological stability and sustainable livelihoods.

Also, it is clear that this knowledge about agroecology is not entirely new – it has been available as wisdom in farmer communities, transdisciplinary and interdisciplinary in nature.
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Healthy food and Agriculture systems for productive citizens!

Wegel | July 2016 | Published by MELCA-Ethiopia

In this issue of Wegel we present views, opinions and research findings from different angles regarding the changes in the global agricultural system and its implications on the supply of healthy and balanced nutrition as well as the role of various stakeholders in putting the system back in to the right track.

 

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wegel-2Agro-biodiversity The basis for food and nutrition security

Wegel | April 2016 | Published by MELCA

Agro-biodiversity is not only about the genetic make up of Crops and animals domesticated by humans, it is also about the knowledge that supports it.

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Wegel | January 2016 | Published by MELCA

In this first issue, an attempt has been made to discuss about soil in detail through the various topics focusing on soil. In his article entitled “You are from Soon! the soil and shall cheap nfl jerseys go cheap jerseys back to the soil” Dr. Hailu Araya urges all to think of the soil, its contents invaluable uses. In a similar manner, Dr. ullamcorper Georg Deichert tells us we have to resonate of the soil in his article entitled “Rethinking the soil.”

These days, the soil cheap jerseys has become a topical issue. That is because soil is the basis for everything and any problem in the Recovery health of the soil Demand affects everything, especially living things. The agricultural system is the most affected as agriculture is all about soil, plants, animals, microorganisms and biodiversity in general.

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