Through this issue, we have brought together experiences of small farmers, individuals and institutions who are working towards making this planet green and safe. We appreciate and recognize the efforts of all those small farmers who are making the shift to ecologically sound agriculture.
The livelihoods of small farmers are intricately linked with fragile environments and ecosystems. While conventional agriculture puts substantial pressure on the ecology and the environment, farming based on agro-ecological principles has a great potential in sequestering carbon. Both the problem as well as the solution lies in the way we farm.
Smallholders are already practicing sustainable approaches and showing that these approaches can ensure sustainable food production. However small their contribution may be, its time we recognize their role in greening the economy. There are already a number of successful experiences which have largely remained localised. Up-scaling has been a major challenge.
However, of late, sustainable forms of agriculture are gaining global attention and are being discussed in various international debates. It figures prominently in the Rio+20 Conference on Sustainable Development, being held currently.
R Manikandan , Subhashini Sridhar
Marta Dabrowska , Laura Eggens
Miguel A. Altieri , Clara Inés Nicholls