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Lessons in supporting family farming in Swaziland

In December 2013, community members, staff from IFAD-funded programmes and journalism students gathered to write down their experiences in a documentation process, facilitated by ILEIA.

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Reflecting on their own work, they wrote four articles to share the lessons that can be learnt from their experiences. In addition, a film maker produced four compelling films on each, all released in the middle of the International Year of Family Farming.

"Lessons in supporting family farming: Stories from Swaziland” presents four stories. One explains how bees can bring about a fundamental transformation of the lives of family farmers. Another looks at the increased production of fresh, healthy vegetables by applying principles of permaculture and which proved especially successful with women. There is a story of land reclamation, how dedicated farmers managed to restore barren land into food producing areas. And finally, the book presents the experience of the Nkonjwa community, and why they remained unwilling to participate in a development project.

The stories:

The films, produced by Ray Magagula:

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