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We have 17 items tagged with ‘Agroecology’.
  • People standing between piles of bananas

    African social movements call on UN food summit to give people back control

    In the second blog in our ‘food year’ series, guest blogger Million Belay explains why now is the time to demand a better food system that works for small-scale food producers in Africa – who account for most of the world’s food insecure

    22 July 2021 | Blog | Food and agriculture
  • A stallholder in front of a food stall

    Resilient food systems and COVID-19: lessons for a Just Transition

    The COVID-19 pandemic has exposed huge vulnerabilities and inequalities in food systems. They are highly vulnerable to the impacts of climate change: to droughts, floods, typhoons, sea-level rise – the current locust outbreak in East Africa. But they are also part of the problem, contributing about one third of global greenhouse gas emissions and being highly inequitable too. Krystyna Swiderska spells out what needs to change

    22 May 2020 | Blog | Food and agriculture
  • Two women sitting in a field

    No room for manoeuvre: debt prevents investing in the future

    This case study highlights the challenges that farmers in Malawi face when trying to intensify their agricultural production. It focuses on smallholder farmers in the Mwansambo area of Central Malawi. Mwansambo and neighbouring areas are important food and cash crop producing regions. But despite decades of agricultural development interventions, farmers are still struggling to feed their families and invest in sustainable land management

    26 April 2020 | Article | Food and agriculture
  • A man and woman standing in a field

    Difficult choices: balancing competing priorities on Burkina Faso farms

    The SITAM project looked at how to support progress towards sustainable intensification of agriculture in three African countries. This case study looks at how farming households in eastern Burkina Faso are balancing different priorities as they try to increase their productivity

    26 April 2020 | Article | Food and agriculture
  • Women preparing tapioca

    Tapioca tech in Togo – how producers are organising to transform lives and land

    Togo’s expanding populations need both food and means of generating income. After a recent visit, Duncan Macqueen reflects on how multi-tiered self-organisation is supporting sustainable solutions among tapioca producers

    5 February 2020 | Blog | Food and agriculture
  • A farmer in Bangladesh

    Upscaling agroecological practices

    This project aimed to promote the dissemination and adoption of agroecological practices around the world through research, lobbying and advocacy efforts

    29 January 2017 | Project | Food and agriculture
  • Workshop participants in Mozambique discuss results from group work on how to make farming more sustainable (Photo: Lynn Boyd, ADRA Mozambique)

    Five ways to make farming more sustainable

    A recent workshop in Mozambique identified five ways to sustainably intensify agriculture. In food insecure countries, large-scale investments are often considered a major driver of agricultural growth, but these can promote monocultures and intensive approaches that damage the environment and progressively decrease soil fertility.

    20 May 2015 | Blog | Food and agriculture
  • Delegates at the international symposium on agroecology (Photo: John Choptiany/FAO)

    Agroecology offers FAO a 'new window' on agriculture

    Long-neglected by mainstream development actors, agroecology is gaining momentum as a farming and landscape approach – as a recent Food and Agriculture Organisation symposium demonstrates

    2 October 2014 | Blog | Food and agriculture
  • An example of crops grown through no-till farming in Western Australia (Photo: Bill Crabtree)

    Spreading the word about the no-till agricultural revolution

    Never heard of no-till agriculture? It's revolutionising agriculture in Australia and other drylands countries. "No-Till Bill", a pioneer in the technique, is now spreading the word in Europe

    31 March 2014 | Blog | Food and agriculture
  • A woman using homemade compost in her garden in eastern Burkina Faso

    Trade-offs in sustainable intensification

    It is a huge challenge to achieve food security for all in a way that is sustainable in environmental, economic and social terms. And there are different views on what dimension of sustainability should have priority when trying to produce 'more with less'.

    15 August 2013 | Project | Food and agriculture
  • Drying medicinal plants, the knowledge of which is passed down through generations. In South Asia alone, there are more than 8,000 plant species with known medicinal value (Photo: Bioversity International/B. Sthapit)

    Sustaining local food systems and agricultural biodiversity

    How and under what conditions can decentralised governance, capacity building and participation by farmers promote food systems that adapt to changing conditions and climates and maintain agricultural biodiversity?

    15 August 2013 | Project | Biodiversity
  • Agricultural biodiversity in a Peruvian market. Photo: Bioversity International/A. Camacho

    Building resilient food systems

    IIED strengthens the capacity of local organisations and institutions by designing resilient food systems and sustaining local food systems.

    14 August 2013 | Project | Biodiversity
  • Afghan farmers and extension workers assess an okra field in Balkh Province, Northern Afghanistan (Photo: Barbara Adoph/IIED)

    Introduction to building greater local control and resilience into agricultural and food systems

    IIED is working to promote farming systems that are sustainable, productive and resilient – and to support smallholder farmers and farmer-led innovation

    5 August 2013 | Article | Biodiversity
  • Farmer stands in her field of groundnuts boarded by maize in Malawi

    Democratising food and agricultural research

    IIED's action-research work aimed to help farmers ensure agricultural research better meets farmer's needs and priorities

    17 August 2012 | Project | Food and agriculture
  • Agricultural development: business as usual is not an option

    Following the 2008 global food price hikes and riots, national governments and transnational corporations are increasingly interested in investing in large-scale African agricultural projects. While these land acquisitions gather pace, 925 million people remain undernourished worldwide, with 239 million living in sub-Saharan Africa. In this new context, the question is not only how sustainable large-scale industrial agriculture is, but also what model of food production and farming is most effective in addressing the question of hunger – and for whom.

    5 April 2012 | Blog | Food and agriculture
  • Opportunities for farm seed conservation, breeding and production

    With increasing demand for speciality and conservation seeds in the face of threats to the survival of local varieties and biodiversity more widely, IIED worked to provide research on research to stimulate public engagement and citizen involvement in decision-making

    4 December 2011 | Project | Biodiversity
  • Are small-scale farmers there to feed themselves and large-scale farmers there to feed the world? Credit: Flickr/Peter Casier

    Can small-scale farmers feed the world?

    The world’s food systems are being squeezed from all sides: rising populations and shifting diets are increasing the global demand for food, while food production is increasingly compromised by climate change and land degradation.

    15 March 2011 | Blog | Food and agriculture
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