• Ending Hunger: What would it cost?

    Title Ending Hunger: What would it cost?
    Contributor International Food Policy Research Institute, International Institute for Sustainable Development
    Content The International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD) and the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) joined forces to estimate what it would cost to end hunger, and the contribution that donors need to make. We consider that a country has achieved this goal when the number of hungry people is less than 5 per cent of the population.

    Their findings show the goal is achievable and affordable. We found that it will cost USD 11 billion a year in additional public investment to largely end hunger in developing countries. Donors will need to provide USD 4 billion of the total—which is a 3 per cent increase on current aid levels.

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    Year Published 2017
    Language English
    Link http://www.iisd.org/sites/default/files/publications/ending-hunger-what-would-it-cost.pdf

    The future of food and agriculture: trends and challenges

    Title The future of food and agriculture: trends and challenges
    Contributor FAO
    Content Are today’s food and agricultural systems capable of meeting the needs of a global population that is projected to reach more than nine billion by midcentury? Can we achieve the required production increases, even if this implies adding pressure to already dwindling land and water resources, and do so in a context of climate change? This publication tries to answer these questions.

    What will be needed to realize the vision of a world free from hunger and malnutrition?After shedding light on the nature of the challenges that agriculture and food systems are facing now and throughout the 21st century, the study provides insights into what is at stake and what needs to be done. “Business as usual” is not an option. Major transformations in agricultural systems, rural economies and natural resources management are necessary. The present study was undertaken for the quadrennial review of FAO’s strategic framework and for the preparation of the Organization Medium-Term plan 2018-2021.

    Year Published 2017
    Language English
    Link http://www.fao.org/3/a-i6583e.pdf

    Peasant farming. A Buffer for Human Societies

    Title Peasant farming. A Buffer for Human Societies
    Contributor Society for International Development
    Author Angela Hilmi, Sara Burbi
    Content This article by Angela Hilmi and Sara Burbi explores the importance of peasant farming worldwide, the debate about its disappearance and the way it is being impacted by differentiated policies. It takes two examples, Tunisia and Egypt, during post-colonial times. In both cases policies tended to favour the modernization of agriculture, ignoring the contribution of peasant farming to the national economies. But interestingly the data show a surprisingly significant importance and increase in the number of small farms in both countries. While theoretical debates continue about the disappearance of peasantries, reality demonstrates that peasant farming is a formidable and resilient buffer for human societies, which helps stabilize, balance and enrich them.
    Type of initiative Article
    Year Published
    Language English
    Link http://rdcu.be/nIxA

    Agroecology. The Bold Future of Farming in Africa

    Title Agroecology. The Bold Future of Farming in Africa
    Contributor AFSA, TOAM
    Author AFSA, TOAM
    Content A publication launched by the African Alliance for Food Sovereignty, showcasing the huge potential of Agroecology to feed Africa, fix broken food systems and repair damaged landscapes, providing abundant healthy and nutritious food sustainably while increasing incomes and improving climate resilience. The publication also illustrates 15 case studies.
    Type of initiative Case Studies, Report
    Year Published 2017
    Language English
    Africa ETHIOPIA, GHANA, KENYA, MALAWI, TOGO, UGANDA, Zimbabwe
    Link http://afsafrica.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/02/Agroecology-the-bold-future-of-farming-in-Africa-ebook1.pdf

    Taking agroecology to scale: the Zero Budget Natural Farming peasant movement in Karnataka, India

    Title Taking agroecology to scale: the Zero Budget Natural Farming peasant movement in Karnataka, India
    Contributor KRRS, La Via Campesina
    Content This paper analyzes how peasant movements scale up agroecology. It specifically examines Zero Budget Natural Farming (ZBNF), a grassroots peasant agroecology movement in Karnataka, India. ZBNF ends reliance on purchased inputs and loans for farming, positioning itself as a solution to extreme indebtedness and suicides among Indian farmers. The ZBNF movement has achieved massive scale not only because of effective farming practices, but because of a social movement dynamic – motivating members through discourse, mobilizing resources from allies, self-organized pedagogical activities, charismatic and local leadership, and generating a spirit of volunteerism among its members. This paper was produced as part of a self-study process in La Via Campesina, the global peasant movement.
    Year Published 2017
    Language English
    Link http://www.tandfonline.com/eprint/HKAecYKfneKRsfE4c6xn/full

    Climate Adapted Villages – Ethiopia

    Title Climate Adapted Villages – Ethiopia
    Contributor The Development Fund
    Content Climate adapted villages (CAV) is the Development Fund’s method for local climate adaptation. It if focused on food production and natural resource management. This report is a review of the CAV method and how it has been implemented in Ethiopia.
    Year Published 2015
    Language English
    Link http://www.utviklingsfondet.no/files/uf/documents/CAV-rapport_Ethiopia_web.pdf

    Leisa- India: Agroecology- Measurable and sustainable

    Title Leisa- India: Agroecology- Measurable and sustainable
    Contributor AgriCultures Network
    Content 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.

    Year Published 2016
    Language English
    Link http://www.agriculturesnetwork.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/10/Sep2016-pages-1-36-1.pdf

    Farming Matters: Making the case for agroecology

    Title Farming Matters: Making the case for agroecology
    Contributor Agricultures nwtwork
    Content 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.

    Year Published 2016
    Language English
    Link http://www.agriculturesnetwork.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/11/FM32.3-4.pdf

    Wegel: healthy soil for healthy life

    Title Wegel: healthy soil for healthy life
    Contributor AgriCultures
    Content n 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 the soil and shall go back to the soil” Dr. Hailu Araya urges all to think of the soil, its contents invaluable uses. In a similar manner, Dr. Georg Deichert tells us we have to resonate of the soil in his article entitled “Rethinking the soil.”

    These days, the soil has become a topical issue. That is because soil is the basis for everything and any problem in the health of the soil 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.

    Year Published 2016
    Language English
    Link http://www.agriculturesnetwork.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/12/Wegel_Magazine_English_Virsion_V3-1.pdf

    Wegel: Agro-biodiversity The basis for food and nutrition security

    Title Wegel: Agro-biodiversity The basis for food and nutrition security
    Contributor AgriCultures Network
    Content 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.
    Year Published 2016
    Language English
    Link http://www.agriculturesnetwork.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/12/Wegel_English_VApril-2016-1.pdf

    Wegel: Healthy food and Agriculture systems for productive citizens!

    Title Wegel: Healthy food and Agriculture systems for productive citizens!
    Contributor AgriCultures Network
    Content 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.

    The global food system is changing in line with the ever-increasing global population, technological advancements, scarcity of resources and the resultant scramble for the scarce resources.

    Year Published 2016
    Language English
    Link http://www.agriculturesnetwork.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/11/Wegel-magazine-issue-No.III-English-final.pdf

    Making Sense of Research – Research for Practical Application in Land Management

    Title Making Sense of Research – Research for Practical Application in Land Management
    Contributor Benjamin Haerdle
    Author Hanspeter Liniger, Peter Moll, Rima Mekdaschi Studer, Ute Zander
    Content Application-focused book with the findings of international research on sustainable land management presented at the global Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD)

    According to the UN Convention to Combat Desertification, twelve million hectares of fertile, arable land is lost each and every year. Soils are suffering from aridization, salination and overuse. This means that the loss of soil fertility is one of the central challenges to society with regard to the management of natural resources. Solutions for more sustainable land use that not only takes into account the environment and existing ecosystems worldwide but also aspects of climate change are presented in the book “Making Sense of Research for Sustainable Land Management”. It is published by the Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research (UFZ) and the Centre for Development and Environment (CDE) of the University of Bern.
    This scientific volume will be presented today at the global Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD COP 13) being held in Cancun (Mexico) in a dedicated session as part of the Landscape Day.

    Type of initiative Research
    Year Published
    Language English
    Link http://www.wocat.net/makingsense

    Connecting Smallholders to Markets

    Title Connecting Smallholders to Markets
    Contributor International food & nutrition civil society mechanism – CSM
    Content ‘Connecting Smallholders to Markets’ is the title of policy recommendations negotiated on 8- 9 June 2016 in the Committee on World Food Security, the foremost inclusive international and intergovernmental platform deliberating on is- sues of food security and nutrition.
    This analytical guide examines how small- scale food producers’ organisations and allied civil society can use the recommendations in their national and international advocacy and how they can work together with their governments to apply them in the context of national and regional policies and programmes.

    More info on the work of CSM on this issue here

    Year Published 2016
    Language English
    Link http://www.csm4cfs.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/10/CONNECTING-SMALLHOLDERS-TO-MARKET.compressed.pdf

    Right to Food and Nutrition Watch

    Title Right to Food and Nutrition Watch
    Contributor Right to Food and Nutrition Watch Consortium
    Content The Right to Food and Nutrition Watch 2016—“Keeping Seeds in Peoples’ Hands”— explores the articulation of seeds, land and other natural resources with the human right to adequate food and nutrition. It assesses the role played by access to and control over natural resources in the realization of the right to food and nutrition across the world. Over the last few decades, the privatization and commoditization of nature has resulted in a multiplication of local struggles using human rights against the appropriation of agricultural biodiversity, land and water resources by corporations and states. How are peasant movements, indigenous peoples, and other local communities resisting—and what are the alternatives they present?
    Year Published 2016
    Language English, French, Spanish
    Link http://tinyurl.com/hvqv5zr

    People’s Manual on the Guidelines of Governance of Land, Fisheries and Water

    Title People’s Manual on the Guidelines of Governance of Land, Fisheries and Water
    Contributor International Planning Committee for Food Sovereignty
    Content The Voluntary Guidelines on the Responsible Governance of Tenure of Land, Fisheries and Forests in the Context of National Food Security are a new international tool that can be used by peasant, fishing and pastoralist organisations, indigenous peoples, the landless, women, youth, and civil society to assert their rights. This People’s Manual is a didactic guide, which aims to make it easier to understand and use the Guidelines at the best. It is the result of collective and participatory work undertaken by the Land and Territory Working Group of the IPC (International Planning Committee for Food Sovereignty)
    Year Published 2016
    Language English
    Link http://www.foodsovereignty.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/06/peoplesmanual.pdf