In a context of socio-economic disparities and with the necessity for small scale farmers to adapt to climate change, new types of actors are emerging. Green Net, a social agro-based enterprise is an example of such emerging actors. One of the members of the Agrobiodiversity@knowledged programme, they have been working in different parts of Thailand to improve adaptive capacity among organic and fair trade farmers since 2007.
Normally on a Learning Route, the ruteros visit successful cases in the field. This time, the field came to us. Members of the Water Users Union (WUU) in the Tenth of Ramadan village near Port Said joined us in Cairo, accompanied by representatives of the East Delta Agricultural Services Project and the ICARDA research station in the area. Their visit opened our flow of thoughts about what makes collective water management work – or not.
After a visit to the New Lands in West Nubaria, the Learning Route continued its journey to a completely different area in Egypt: the Old Lands of Sharkia in the Nile Delta. Here, farmers have been using traditional agricultural methods and crops for centuries, inherited from their grandparents. But inheritance also resulted in highly fragmented land. This context of small plots in one of the poorest areas in Egypt requires a different approach to water management, the ruteros found out.
The Learning Route set course for West Nubaria, an area where “the desert has been reclaimed”. Overcrowding in the fertile land of the Egypt Delta led to resettlement of a number of farmers in this so called “New Land”. Initially, infrastructure, social services and proper irrigation structures were missing in this area, making it an incredibly hard place for farmers to thrive. On March 12, ruteros learnt how an initiative in West Nubaria turned the fate of these farmers around.
From March 11th-15th 2013 the National Drought Policy Meeting is being held in Geneva with the aim of encouraging governments to adopt risk reduction strategies and achieve more drought resilient societies.
Following the Learning Route in Morocco earlier this month, a group of organisations (consisting of KariaNet, Procasur, ILEIA, Diversity & Development, ICARDA and IFAD) is continuing the learning adventure. As KariaNet coordinator Hammou Laamrami said, these Learning Routes are an innovation in the Middle East and Northern Africa (MENA). Today, we laid a foundation for the rest of the week, in which sixteen participants (and the organisers) will learn and share experiences on water management.
8 March 2013: International Women's Day should come as a reminder of the importance of women in agriculture, notably in small-scale farming, and of their key role in achieving greater food security.
The learning route on Farmers’ Organisations in Morocco shows three different types of organisation to the ruteros, all with their own characteristics. The route has arrived in the region of Meknès, where ANOC is supporting sheep and goat producers.
It is hard to imagine that the immense factory of COPAG, producing fruit and dairy products, has started 25 years ago with only 39 farmers who decided to unite and become stronger against the middlemen of citrus fruits in their region.
In Morocco, Farmers’ Organizations play an important role in promoting rural development. The government’s development strategy is partially based on the experiences of successful FOs. The Learning Route will pass through the regions of Agadir, Taroudant and Mekès to visit three of them.
The first learning route in Morocco on Producers´ Organisations has started! Hammou Laamrani, director of Karianet, organising this route, was very clear on the first day Monday 25th of February: the learning route is a hard and tiring work. And the ruteros have sensed it at the end of the first day: a long day of explanations, presentations and discussions. And less than one hour of lunch pause until closure at 19.30!
Tati Krisnawaty interviewed Pak Enceng, a farmer who is a pioneer in using SRI methods in Indonesia and teaching others about his knowledge. He talks about the obstacles encountered as well as the benefits surrounding the use of SRI methods.
Willem A. Stoop explains the importance for farmers to adapt to local agro-ecological conditions and how they can do so using SRI practices.
Between February 19th and 21st, 2013, Wageningen University was the host of a CGIAR event which shed light on trade-offs in agricultural systems. These trade-offs are the result of striving to achieve greater food security with an increasing population, limited resources, climate change and environmental degradation.
Twenty participants from nine countries in northern Africa and the Middle East and experts from 4 other countries are gathered in Morocco since February 25th 2013. They are on a journey to learn from producers’ organisations through a Learning Route.
Interview > Valdely Kinupp - Valdely Kinupp, professor at the Federal Institute of Education, Science and Technology of Amazonas, talks about his work and life experience with Wild Edible Plants (WEP). He discusses the main obstacles, challenges and opportunities to enlarge the knowledge, use and consumption of WEP and how this can improve the biodiversity conservation.
An agrobiodiversity based initiative for enhancing the livelihood opportunities of rural households is being implemented in the mountain villages of Kumaon and Garhwal Himalayas, in India
Sunanda Bahr from Bangalore has studied communications and film production and since 1995 has produced several documentaries and short films. In her last documentary movie, called “Have you seen the Arana?”, she explores the agrarian crisis in Wayanad, part of the fragile ecosystem of the western mountain range in South India.
Agrobiodiversity is the main subject of many different international efforts, involving representatives and organisations in all countries. What’s being discussed, for example, as part of the UN Convention on Biological Diversity? What other programmes or projects are there?
Join ILEIA and the Agricutures Network in the global policy discussion organised by Oxfam (10-21 December 2012)