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Perspectives: How peasants read their farm
September 22nd, 2016

Whereas yield increases are considered central in modernised agriculture, they can be seen as just one element of impact in peasant farming. In assessing their farms, peasants depart from the specificities of their farm, the ecosystem in which it is embedded, the society and the markets in which they operate, and the possibilities and limitations … Read morePerspectives: How peasants read their farm

Agroecology ensures our future well-being
September 22nd, 2016

Edward Mukiibi of Slow Food Uganda appeals to young African farmers, agronomist and food activists to embrace agroecology to safeguard our future. As a young African with a farming background, like many out there, I cannot underestimate the contributions of agroecology to the sustainability of our fragile ecosystems. It is undeniable that African land is … Read moreAgroecology ensures our future well-being

Potato breeding in the Netherlands: successful collaboration between farmers and commercial breeders
April 16th, 2016

The Dutch potato breeding model, which involves a partnership between farmers and commercial breeding companies in a modern, Western context, is unique. While there are other examples of collaborative relationships between farmers and breeders in Europe, the Dutch potato breeding model stands out in terms of its long track record, the involvement of the private … Read morePotato breeding in the Netherlands: successful collaboration between farmers and commercial breeders

A farmer NGO-scientist synergy in Honduras
March 23rd, 2016

Farmers are plant breeders when they select and save the seeds of the plants best adapted to the conditions in their fields. For over two decades, farmer breeders in Honduras have been working with scientists and NGOs to develop new bean varieties. In a context of high agrobiodiversity, limited public sector agricultural research capacity and … Read moreA farmer NGO-scientist synergy in Honduras

Strawberry fields forever.
March 23rd, 2016

Professor Steve Gliessman and farmer Jim Cochran are among the movers and shakers of the strawberry sector in California. Since the 1980s they have been experimenting with sustainable ways to grow strawberries and with alternative food networks. Committed to the agroecological transition, they built a powerful farmer-researcher partnership that was groundbreaking for farmers, academia and … Read moreStrawberry fields forever.

Life cycles: Climate change seen through indigenous worldviews
March 23rd, 2016

Adivasi communities in India have come together to collectively represent their cultural, agronomic and climatic calendar as they know it. Youth have been using the life cycle to reflect on the effects of climate change and people’s responses to it. This is a case of collective learning that reflects indigenous worldviews. Dialogue amongst the different … Read moreLife cycles: Climate change seen through indigenous worldviews