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Knowledge exchange on agroecology – Does it influence practice?

In agroecology, farmers solve their problems adopting practices relying on judgments based on their local conditions, resources and knowledge levels. Farmers continuously learn developing better farming methods, and hence, knowledge...

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How peasants read their farm

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...

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Farm to Systems – Where is our measuring tape?

Besides yield, nutrition and income, a family farmer harvests several other benefits from an agroecologically designed farm. So, we need to have a different set of parameters to capture impact...

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Past for the present

Revival of agro biodiversity that characterizes traditional agriculture is crucial for addressing food and nutrition security. Bringing back millets, pulses, coarse cereals etc. into the cropping systems can help fill the nutritional...

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Hidden harvests

There are certain crop plants that are not cropped but edible, containing high nutrients and medicinal value. These crops also called as hidden harvests are capable of providing essential nutrients...

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Valuing un-cultivated foods

Commodification of forests in an era of climate crisis has reduced them to mere ‘carbon stocks’. Forests are also food reservoirs and many rural poor communities depend on forests for...

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Yam on terrace walls

Yam has several nutritional benefits, yet the crop remains neglected and underutilized. In the absence of national research and extension programmes on yam, LIBIRD’s initiative to promote yam cultivation on...

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Enhancing crop diversity leads to farm resilience

Monocropping of cash crops for generating incomes has displaced mixed farming systems and associated local crop diversity, negatively impacting on food security and climate resilience. Initiatives to produce improved varieties...

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