Low External Input Sustainable Agriculture

Meeting multiple needs of small farmers

Its family farming with TBFS

NGOs have been pioneers in promoting agro ecology. By making farmers as partners in development, BAIF has enhanced the livelihood security of 21000 farmers across 505 villages in Karnataka. It has proved that critical inputs like seeds, planting materials and knowledge and motivation are enough to take their present, unsustainable agriculture towards the path of […]

Enhancing the power of negotiation of small farmers

Shakila Khatun is a proud and happy member of AAPCL

Non profits like Technoserve, through partnerships, are contributing towards empowering small farmers by connecting them to information and market opportunities. Through their initiative, small farmers in Bihar, as members of farmer producer groups, realised the power of negotiation through collective marketing. Purnia district located in the maize belt of Bihar, is known to have the […]

A perspective on the working of multistakeholder processes

Groundnut consultative workshop

While multi stakeholder processes is desirable for promotion of agro ecology on a wider scale, in practice, it is not as simple as it is thought to be. AME Foundation’s experience in fostering such processes shows that the success depends on several factors. In fact, adhering to certain basic principles is necessary to keep the […]

Stakeholders in SRI innovation systems

Farmers use markers to follow spacing in sri paddy field

In the small North East Indian state of Tripura, System of Rice Intensification (SRI) has grown to develop into an innovation system where various stakeholders have come together to make the state self-sufficient in rice production. The lessons learnt from the SRI innovation systems in Tripura, if applied to similar crops and contexts, would definitely […]

Institutions come together in promoting organic farming

Exhibition of organic products and technologies

Mainstream agriculture institutions through collaborative initiatives are playing a role in promoting organic agriculture. Krishi Vigyan Kendra in Karur with its multi institutional approach helped farmers in Karur district to switch over to organic ways of farming, in turn helping them increase their net incomes and farm employment, besides building self reliance. Even though India […]

How to amplify agroecology

A field trip to visit local farmers generated discussion and reflection within the group about the crucial role that knowledge plays in agroecology.

 “Agroecology is a process. You cannot expect a process to be perfect immediately. But once you make a step, you are moving.” With these words, Ugandan farmer Jowelia Mukiibi captured both the essence of the agroecological transition and the attention of her audience: over 70 people representing 30 organisations doing groundbreaking work on agroecology around […]

Building knowledge on agroecology – Impact of systematic documentation

Publications of GEAG

Systematic documentation plays a key role in enhancing practical knowledge sharing on agroecology influencing practice, practice based policy, evidence based debate and new development partnerships. The case of GEAG illustrates this. Ecological agriculture knowledge is inspired by traditional indigenous sources of knowledge, farmer led research and innovation leading to knowledge on alternatives and location specific […]

Farmers Diary – Spread of an agroecological practice

Anjaneya on his farm

Shri A N Anjaneya is a young farmer in Kumbaluru village of Harihara Taluk of Davanagere district in Karnataka. He shifted to organic ways of cultivation about 15 years back, when he was advised by doctors during his hospitalization, to refrain from agri chemicals, which was the cause for his health issues. Prior to that, […]

Creating a Sustainable Food Future – Indicators of sustainable agriculture: a scoping analysis

Quantifiable indicators of the environmental sustainability of agriculture—by which we mean minimizing the environmental impacts of agriculture—are an important tool for helping move the world toward a sustainable food future. Indicators enable policymakers, farmers, businesses, and civil society to better understand current conditions, identify trends, set targets, monitor progress, and compare performance among regions and […]

Agroecology – Conserving biodiversity, nurturing ecology

Integrated family farm development in 18 acres of Malegaon village

Agroecology approach is a way to make farming sustainable. It is also a way to resist the corporate agriculture model pushed through the green revolution and gene revolution. Besides technologies, it is important to create an equitable food system for the people who actually produce the world’s food. The Southern-Western Odisha is largely an agro-economy […]