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MAKING THE CASE FOR AGROECOLOGY
December 19th, 2016

Farming Matters | 32.3 | September 2016 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. The experiences, opinions, and perspectives featured in this issue … Read more

REVALUING TRADITIONAL PLANTS
June 20th, 2016

Farming Matters | 32.2 | June 2016 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. Traditional plants and crops strengthen nutrition, culture and food sovereignty and … Read more

ACCESS AND BENEFIT SHARING OF GENETIC RESOURCES
April 16th, 2016

Farming Matters Special Issue | April 2016  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 … Read more

CO-CREATION OF KNOWLEDGE
March 23rd, 2016

Farming Matters | 32.1 | March 2016 This issue of Farming Matters illustrates how the collective creation of knowledge lies at the heart of agroecology rooted in 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 … Read more

WOMEN FORGING CHANGE WITH AGROECOLOGY
December 22nd, 2015

Farming Matters | 31.4 | December 2015 This issue of Farming Matters presents stories about women from all over the world who are forging positive change through agroecology on their farms and in their communities. Many innovations led by women are based on agroecological principles such as increasing diversity, using fewer pesticides, or building new … Read more

THE WISDOM OF WATER
September 22nd, 2015

Farming Matters | 31.3 | September 2015 This issue of Farming Matters reveals how family farming based on agroecology is key to better water management. These pages document stories of farmers that have created their own solutions together with others, by building upon traditional practices or by adapting and creating new techniques. Moreover, local experiences are connected … Read more

RURAL-URBAN LINKAGES
June 9th, 2015

Farming Matters | 31.2 |June 2015 This ‘twin’ issue of Farming Matters and Urban Agriculture Magazine, produced together by ILEIA and the RUAF Foundation, looks at some existing experiences with strengthened rural–urban linkages and what they teach us about improving food systems for both consumers and agroecological farmers. This issue shows how agroecology is a consistent … Read more

SOILS FOR LIFE
March 22nd, 2015

Farming Matters | 31.1 | March 2015 This issue of Farming Matters presents the experiences of farmers who are working successfully, together with others, to improve the health of their soil and their lives. The stories on these pages show that healthy soils increase farmers’ autonomy and long-term productivity. And, healthy soils also contribute to climate change … Read more

RECLAIMING NUTRITION
December 20th, 2014

Farming Matters |30.4 |December 2014 Nutrition has become one of the buzz words of the year, like resilience, and landscapes. What they have in common is that they refer to complex situations, where economic and political forces override the needs and aspirations of rural and urban communities. However, the nutrition challenge remains clear, with a billion … Read more

FARMERS IN THEIR LANDSCAPES
September 20th, 2014

Farming Matters | 30.3 |September 2014 Farmers are integral parts of the landscape. They live in and live off the land, striving to maintain the agroecosystems that in turn sustain them. They are our landscape guardians, and this issue of Farming Matters explores how family farming, pastoralists and forest communities are responding to increasing pressures on … Read more