Can farmers improve their income and well-being through effective collective action? Join the course and take home many practical tools and approaches for promoting farmer entrepreneurship and strengthening famers’ organisations that aim to arrive at farmer-inclusive agribusiness development.
Improving farmers’ performance and business relations
This course perceives farmers as autonomous entrepreneurs and their organisations as farmers’ business organisations. Both operate in dynamic market systems and have to deal with a range of public and private sector players, such as sourcing companies, banks and MFI’s, agro-input dealers, research, extension and others. The central question of the course is how farmers can improve their income and well-being through effective collective action of their organisations and improved relations with other stakeholders.
Upon completion of the course you will:
Agroecology is not merely an agricultural approach that reduces the need for pesticides and fertilisers, recycles plant remains and harnesses biological processes to grow food. Rather, agroecology emphasises a particular perspective vis-à-vis our relationship to nature. Around this perspective, a social movement is growing, which encourages peer-to-peer exchanges of information between farmers. The chief goal being to develop locally adapted solutions for peasant farmers that work with the available resources.
The agroecological perspective invites us to embrace the complexity of nature and to see this complexity not as a liability, but as an asset. Farmers are discoverer: he or she proceeds experimentally, by trial and error, observing what consequences follow from which combinations, and learning from what works best in their local context. So-called ‘modern’ agriculture did the exact opposite. It sought to... Read more
“… The man begins to assert, as he learns to respect and understand the ground he walks on.” Atahualpa Yupanqui
It is common to consider soil as an inert, lifeless, made only for minerals. But hundreds of species of animals, plants, fungi and bacteria are found inhabiting soil and they play a very important role in the ecological and environmental balance.
The reality we seldom fail to see is desertification is progressing slowly. This process involves the degradation of environment in general and soil degradation in particular due to climate changes but mostly due to human activities. The problem with these degraded soils is a slow recovery and the great effort to reverse this situation.
An Amharic translation of the ten WFTO principles of Fair Trade was developed by the Environmental Science and Sustainable Development Students of Hope College of Business, Science and Technology. Please find the full translation in the PDF attached. Viva sustainable business!
FAO dan UNEP dengan dukungan dari Swiss mengadakan workshop Rantai Nilai Berkelanjutan untuk Sistem Pangan yang Berkelanjutan di Roma, Italia, pada 8 – 9 Juni 2016. Workshop ini bertujuan melakukan framing yang lebih baik tentang gagasan rantai nilai berkelanjutan. Workshop menjadi tempat diskusi dinamis membahas berbagai topik yang relevan dengan keberlanjutan di sepanjang rantai nilai pangan. Seperti perbedaan dimensi konsep keberlanjutan (khususnya yang sering dilupakan yaitu dimensi sosial dan biodiversitas dalam dimensi lingkungan), perbedaan saluran dalam di rantai nilai dan perbedaan skala aksi.
Sangat jelas bahwa rantai nilai pangan yang berkelanjutan perlu diintegrasikan dengan konsep berkelanjutan yang multidimensi, termasuk kesematan mendapat lapangan kerja dan pendapatan di area pedesaan, khususnya perempuan. Penciptaan nilai sepanjang... Read more
Hivos SEA recently publish a new book regarding the sustainable palm oil. The book was officially launched in Jakarta on January 26th, 2016
with the support of Indonesia’s Institute of Sciences (LIPI). The event
was attended by Biranchi Upadhyaya, Director of Hivos Southeast Asia,
the Head of LIPI Regional Resources Research Center, Dundin Zaenuddin.
and the authors, Panca Pramudya and Rini Hanifa.
The book is based on Hivos’ experiences working with smallholder
farmers in the palm oil sector in 2004. Hivos provided financial
support, helped them develop a certification system and increased their
institutional networking capacity.
For those who interested to have the soft copy of our book "Menghijaukan sektor sawit melalui petani", please go to the link bellow and download the PDF file in Bahasa Indonesia version.
Dear Partners, through this post i would like to share presentations from our just concluded learning event held on 26th and 27th January 2016 on Sustainable Partnerships for Food Security at Safari Park Hotel and Latia Resource Centre.
first global data report on fast-growing voluntary sustainability
standards outlines the share of bananas, cocoa, coffee, cotton,
forestry, palm oil, soybeans, cane sugar and tea in 14 major standards.
The report is based on a partnership between the Research Institute of Organic Agriculture (FiBL), the International Institute of Sustainable Development (IISD) and ITC, and is supported by the Swiss State Secretariat for Economic Affairs (SECO).
You can download it here
GFIA Africa will assemble the people needed to effect real change and offer hundreds of practical solutions that can raise productivity and stop post harvest losses in all parts of the continent while mitigating the effects of over farming and climate change.
The innovators, the food producers, the farmers unions, the policy-makers, the donors, the development agencies, the ministerial buyers, the NGOs, the research organisations, resellers and agents will all be there.
> 50+ speakers in the conference
> 100+ innovation presentations
> 200+ exhibitors
> Round table discussions
> Networking events
> Farm tours
This year is declared by the UN as the International Year of Soils. AgriCultures Network dedicated the March edition of their Magazine 'Farming Matters' to this theme, and this is why:
Healthy soils contribute to resilient food production. Soil carbon is a key to healthy soils but, today we see the long-term consequences of agricultural management that has neglected soil carbon – degraded soils, polluted waters, and unprecedented rates of hunger and malnutrition. There are good examples of agroecological practices that were developed by farmers who have long known the importance of soil carbon. Yet, in many cases these practices are being re-learnt, adapted and new practices are being developed to reconnect with the soil and rebuild soil carbon.
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 h
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Farmers from India, Peru and Kenya share their climate change stories, and tell us what they want to see in the future.
Source: CGIAR research programme on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS)
New booklet on Integrated Soil Fertily Management - Fertile Ground Initiative!
Part of Fertile Grounds Initiative, a partner of the Food & Business Knowledge Platform
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