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9 March

Bringing agroecology to scale: key drivers and emblematic cases

Agroecology as a transformative movement has gained momentum in many countries worldwide. In several cases, the implementation of agroecological practices has grown beyond isolated, local experiences to be employed by ever-greater numbers of families and communities over ever-larger territories and to engage more...

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15 February 2016

Organization and process social in bringing agroecology to scale

AGROECOLOGY FOR FOOD SECURITY AND NUTRITION PROCEEDINGS OF THE FAO INTERNATIONAL SYMPOSIUM 18-19 September 2014, Rome, Italy Abstract Numerous scientific studies and empirical experiences around the world have shown that peasant and family farm-based agroecological approaches are superior to industrial...

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17 July 2013

Agroecological revolution : The Farmer-to-Farmer Movement of the ANAP in Cuba

Language: English (Available in French, and Spanish)

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13 February 2013

The Campesino-to-Campesino agroecology movement of ANAP in Cuba

Agroecology has played a key role in helping Cuba survive the crisis caused by the collapse of the socialist bloc in Europe and the tightening of the US trade embargo. Cuban peasants have been able to boost food production without scarce and expensive imported agricultural chemicals by first substituting more...

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20 July 2011

Meeting the challenge of feeding the world and cooling the Earth

Two papers analysing the recent experience of Latin America, and Cuba in particular, support arguments that a shift from industrial-large scale farming to small-scale farming can bring environmental, economic and political benefits. In March 2011, Olivier de Schutter, the UN Rapporteur for the Right to Food...

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23 December 2009

Lessons from Cuba

Editor’s Note: Canadian Geographer Alison Blay-Palmer looks back on a trip to Cuba to study urban agriculture. It documents how Cuba responded to a major economic and nutritional crisis by turning to urban agriculture. The Período especial (Special Period) in Cuba and the innovation in sustainable urban...

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29 June 2009

Food security and sustainable livelihood in China

In 2007 and early 2008, the global food crisis and inflation hit most countries with varying degrees of severity. China, being largely self-sufficient in grain production, was nevertheless not immune to the problem of food security in relation to people’s livelihood. In 2007, China produced 501.5 million tons of...

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17 March 2009

Climate Negotiations: Peasants have a role to play

In December 2009, a new agreement on the reduction of carbon emissions is to be signed to follow the Kyoto Protocol, which will end in 2012. However the proposals that are presently in negotiations, all based on carbon trading, will not be able to stop climate change and, moreover, are a serious threat to the...

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