• 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

    Will the Green Revolution really ‘nutritionalise’ Africa?

    Title Will the Green Revolution really ‘nutritionalise’ Africa?
    Contributor ILEIA
    Author Million Belay
    Content Opinion by Million Belay.
    We are told that high input agriculture will boost food production in Africa. A persistent worry for Million Belay is the loss of knowledge related to our nutritious, traditional crops if they succeed.
    Type of initiative Article
    Year Published
    Language English
    Africa ETHIOPIA
    Link http://www.agriculturesnetwork.org/magazines/global/reclaiming-nutrition/opinion-million-belay

    A systems approach against poverty

    Title A systems approach against poverty
    Contributor ILEIA
    Author Million Belay
    Content Opinion by Million Belay.
    Why is poverty deepening in Africa even when millions of dollars continue to be poured in to alleviate it?, asks Million Belay. He answers by highlighting how we need to promote agroecology, treat agriculture as a system, and move away from green revolution approaches.
    Type of initiative Article
    Year Published
    Language English
    Link http://www.agriculturesnetwork.org/magazines/global/resilience-faces/opinion-million-belay

    Biointensive Agriculture Training Program in Kenya

    Title Biointensive Agriculture Training Program in Kenya
    Contributor Oakland Institute
    Author Oakland Institute
    Content Manor House Agricultural Center provides training in low input farming as an alternative to conventional methods, which are heavily reliant on external inputs. Farmers practicing biointensive farming techniques experience significant yield increases and improved soil fertility and grow more nutritious crops. Since 1984, over 100,000 farmers have received this training, and an estimated 200,000 households now use methods of biointensive agriculture.
    Type of initiative Case Studies
    Year Published 2015
    Language English
    Africa KENYA
    Link http://tinyurl.com/nceez5f

    Agroforestry to Improve Farm Productivity in Mali

    Title Agroforestry to Improve Farm Productivity in Mali
    Contributor Oakland Institute
    Author Oakland Institute
    Content A research project on improved fallows examined how short-term rotations of selected perennial tree and shrub species impact cereal yields and soil quality in subsistence maize cropping systems. The effects of improved fallows on maize yields were significant when combining a tree species (Gliricidia) and a nitrogen-fixing legume (Stylosanthes). The results suggest that this innovative agroforestry strategy holds significant promise for enhancing soil fertility, maize yields and food security throughout Mali and sub-Saharan Africa.
    Type of initiative Case Studies
    Year Published 2015
    Language English
    Africa MALI
    Link http://www.oaklandinstitute.org/sites/oaklandinstitute.org/files/Agroforestry_Mali.pdf

    Agroforesterie pour la sécurité alimentaire au Malawi

    Title Agroforesterie pour la sécurité alimentaire au Malawi
    Contributor Oakland Institute
    Author Oakland Institute
    Content Le Malawi est confronté à une myriade de problèmes environnementaux, sociaux et sanitaires, y compris l’insécurité alimentaire, la dégradation des terres et la déforestation. Un programme d’agroforesterie promeut la plantation d’arbres pour augmenter les rendements des cultures dans les sols épuisés, lutter contre la déforestation et autonomiser les femmes.
    Type of initiative Case Studies
    Year Published 2015
    Language English, French
    Africa MALAWI
    Link http://www.oaklandinstitute.org/sites/oaklandinstitute.org/files/Securite_Alimentare_Malawi.pdf

    Bees bring a new buzz to family farming in Zimbabwe

    Title Bees bring a new buzz to family farming in Zimbabwe
    Contributor ILEIA
    Author Chipo Gono
    Content One way that family farmers improve their resilience to both climatic and economic shocks is to diversify what is produced. More and different crops and livestock, particularly local varieties and breeds are being promoted. Two other options stand out too – bees and trees. These have the added advantages of complementing the production of agricultural crops and enhancing the agroecosystem. In Zimbabwe, the Ruzivo Trust has been promoting beekeeping, and the results are showing the sweet taste of success. Bees can help farmers break out of poverty.
    Type of initiative Case Studies
    Year Published
    Language English
    Africa Zimbabwe
    Link http://www.agriculturesnetwork.org/magazines/global/resilience-faces/diversifying-with-bees-zimbabwe

    Moving from vulnerability to resilience in Africa

    Title Moving from vulnerability to resilience in Africa
    Contributor ILEIA
    Author Peter Gubbels
    Content In August 2012, the Seidu family had to cope with the bad harvest. Like many farming families in northern Ghana, they had to adopt the ‘one-zero-one’ strategy for the children and the ‘zero-zero-one’ strategy for themselves. ‘One’ represents a meal, ‘zero’ is no meal. So during the lean season, their four children had breakfast in the morning, nothing at midday, and a meal in the evening.
    Type of initiative Article
    Year Published
    Language English
    Africa GHANA
    Link http://www.agriculturesnetwork.org/magazines/global/resilience-faces/theme-overview-building-resilience

    Home nurseries: Viable businesses with environmental awareness

    Title Home nurseries: Viable businesses with environmental awareness
    Contributor ILEIA
    Author Mohammed El Hassan Ali
    Content Butana is a dry plateau in northern Sudan, east of the river Nile. Covering 65,000 square kilometres, less than 10% can be described as ‘woodland’ in the vaguest sense of the word, and even these trees are disappearing rapidly. The Butana Integrated Rural Development Project began in 2008 with the aim of supporting the livelihoods of poor family farmers by strengthening their resilience in the face of recurrent droughts. And improving tree cover was a key means of achieving this.
    Type of initiative Case Studies
    Year Published
    Language English
    Africa SUDAN
    Link http://www.agriculturesnetwork.org/magazines/global/resilience-faces/diversifying-with-trees

    From slash and burn to ‘slash and mulch’

    Title From slash and burn to ‘slash and mulch’
    Contributor ILEIA
    Author Georges Felix
    Content In semi-arid cropping regions of West Africa, fallow periods are getting shorter. As land becomes more scarce, farmers are not able to give their soils enough time to rest. This is leading to depletion of soil organic matter, severely threatening soil fertility and damaging soil structure. In the worst cases, crops hardly yield anything anymore. But this is not an option for family farmers. In Burkina Faso, some have found ways to restore their soils that have been dubbed ‘slash and mulch’. The improvement and spread of these techniques also proves the importance of partnerships between farmers and researchers in developing locally suited practices.
    Type of initiative Case Studies
    Year Published
    Language English
    Africa BURKINA FASO
    Link http://www.agriculturesnetwork.org/magazines/global/soils-for-life/slash-and-mulch