Union Township Environmental Commission hosts free speaker event on Oct. 13 – NJ.com


NJ.com

Union Township Environmental Commission hosts free speaker event on Oct. 13
NJ.com
Heckman has more than 25 years of extensive experience in Soil Science and teaches courses in Soil Fertility, Organic Crop Production, Agroecology and a seminar on Traditional Organic Food and Farming Systems. As Soil Fertility Specialist for Rutgers …

Climate Change Success Key to Achieving SDGs – AllAfrica.com


The Nation

Climate Change Success Key to Achieving SDGs
AllAfrica.com
This will be harmful for research in agro-ecology, which depends on public sector finance, he said. Agro-ecology embodies techniques in farming that are natural and sustainable, making it essential to protecting soil fertility and boosting food
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Climate change success key to achieving SDGs – The Herald


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Climate change success key to achieving SDGs
The Herald
This will be harmful for research in agro-ecology, which depends on public sector finance, he said. Agro-ecology embodies techniques in farming that are natural and sustainable, making it essential to protecting soil fertility and boosting food
WEF: 8 ways to ensure innovation benefits all of us PreventionWeb (press release)



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Education, poverty eradication draw most firms’ CSR funds – Livemint


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Education, poverty eradication draw most firms' CSR funds
Livemint
Activities included ensuring environmental sustainability, ecological balance, protection of flora and fauna, animal welfare, agroforestry, conservation of natural resources and maintaining quality of soil, air and water. Tree plantation was a

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Union Township to host program on fall lawn care, Oct. 13 – NJ.com

Union Township to host program on fall lawn care, Oct. 13
NJ.com
Heckman has more than 25 years of extensive experience in Soil Science and teaches courses in Soil Fertility, Organic Crop Production, Agroecology and a seminar on Traditional Organic Food and Farming Systems. As Soil Fertility Specialist for Rutgers …

How Low-Tech Farming Innovation Can Make African Farmers Climate-Resilient – Gizmodo Australia


Gizmodo Australia

How Low-Tech Farming Innovation Can Make African Farmers Climate-Resilient
Gizmodo Australia
Others call for “agroecological” methods — farming practices that mimic nature by adding organic material to soil, planting trees on cropped fields and using natural enemies to attack insect pests. Largely underfunded, this is nonetheless a growing

How Low-Tech Farming Innovation Can Make African Farmers Climate-Resilient – Gizmodo


Gizmodo

How Low-Tech Farming Innovation Can Make African Farmers Climate-Resilient
Gizmodo
Others call for “agroecological” methods – farming practices that mimic nature by adding organic material to soil, planting trees on cropped fields and using natural enemies to attack insect pests. Largely underfunded, this is nonetheless a growing

How low-tech farming innovations can make African farmers climate-resilient – The Conversation US


The Conversation US

How low-tech farming innovations can make African farmers climate-resilient
The Conversation US
Others call for “agroecological” methods – farming practices that mimic nature by adding organic material to soil, planting trees on cropped fields and using natural enemies to attack insect pests. Largely underfunded, this is nonetheless a growing

How the ‘agroecology’ movement misrepresents ‘agroecology’ science – Genetic Literacy Project

How the 'agroecology' movement misrepresents 'agroecology' science
Genetic Literacy Project
The GLP aggregated and excerpted this blog/article to reflect the diversity of news, opinion and analysis. The word “agroecology” is a hybrid between “agronomy,” the science of crops and soils, and “ecology,” the branch of biology concerned with …

In soil we trust: How military veterans learn to become organic farmers at UC … – UC Santa Cruz


UC Santa Cruz

In soil we trust: How military veterans learn to become organic farmers at UC
UC Santa Cruz
Harris-Chadwick-Garden-500.jpg U.S. Army veteran James Harris, an apprentice at the UC Santa Cruz Farm, finds working the soil is another way to serve. Harris joined the Army at age 19 after the 9/11 attacks/ (Photos by Melissa De Witte) …

Nespresso Supporting Coffee Growers in Guatemala and Ethiopia – Justmeans (blog)

Nespresso Supporting Coffee Growers in Guatemala and Ethiopia
Justmeans (blog)
This agroforestry initiative is part of the Nespresso AAA Sustainable Quality™ Program in coffee producing countries and is meant to improve soil fertility and productivity of coffee farms by providing shade for coffee trees and prevent landslides on

Scotland’s GM crops ban provokes letter row – FarmersWeekly


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Scotland's GM crops ban provokes letter row
FarmersWeekly
The letter, sent to the minister on 2 September, urges Scotland to become a leader in the science of agroecology, which the signatories say has been proven to be an efficient and sustainable way of farming that produces healthy soils, plants, animals
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Harvesting the Research: Agricultural Intensification Threatens Soil Biodiversity – Food Tank (blog)

Harvesting the Research: Agricultural Intensification Threatens Soil Biodiversity
Food Tank (blog)
Tsiafouli will host the research topic of “Optimizing the delivery of multiple ecosystem goods and services in agricultural systems” for the Frontiers Journal's call for papers on “Agroecology and land use systems.” The topic aims to collect papers

Climate Change May Be Leading to Decline in Humus Stocks of Arable Soils – AZoCleantech

Climate Change May Be Leading to Decline in Humus Stocks of Arable Soils
AZoCleantech
"These include the diversification of crop rotation, the application of green manure and winter greening to reduce soil erosion, optimized soil cultivation, organic farming, agroforestry, and leaving crop residues on fields," explains Hübner. The study

An arugula-growing farmer feeds a culinary revolution in Cuba – messenger-inquirer


messenger-inquirer

An arugula-growing farmer feeds a culinary revolution in Cuba
messenger-inquirer
… a badly eroded, brushy hillside here outside Havana four years ago and began digging a well into the rocky soil. The other farmers nearby thought he was crazy, or worse — a dilettante with a fancy PhD whose talk of "agroecology" would soon crash

Public Release: 27-Aug-2015 Humus depletion induced by climate change? – EurekAlert (press release)

Public Release: 27-Aug-2015 Humus depletion induced by climate change?
EurekAlert (press release)
"These include the diversification of crop rotation, the application of green manure and winter greening to reduce soil erosion, optimized soil cultivation, organic farming, agroforestry, and leaving crop residues on fields," explains Hübner. The study

Permaculture-Companion Planting on Steroids – Mother Earth News


Mother Earth News

Permaculture-Companion Planting on Steroids
Mother Earth News
Permaculture is creating a synergistic garden; one that is symbiotic and supporting. It includes enriching the soil, planting for nutrients, planting for shade, planting for food, landscaping for water, planting to attract beneficial insects, planting

Tax dollars, farming & the common good

As a California resident and taxpayer, I’m more interested in protecting my state’s soil, air, water and pollinators than supporting corporate profits from agriculture.

Earlier this month, Congress started the long, complex and very political process of deciding how funds will be spent next year for "food, agriculture and rural development." In other words, exactly which parts of the Farm Bill will get our tax dollars next year.

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Man grows vegetable garden in toilet bowls and fertilises it with HUMAN FAECES – Daily Mail


Daily Mail

Man grows vegetable garden in toilet bowls and fertilises it with HUMAN FAECES
Daily Mail
Growing plants using human excrement is not a new method in China. According to agroecology.org, human fertiliser or 'nightsoil' has been used in the country for thousands of years. It is believed to be a nutrient-rich fertiliser that sustains soil

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30 Funding Resources for Sustainable Food Advocates – Imperial Valley News – Imperial Valley News

30 Funding Resources for Sustainable Food Advocates – Imperial Valley News
Imperial Valley News
Initiatives include soil fertility enhancement (compost), push-pull technology, agroforestry, supporting innovative farmers, and adapting to the effects of climate change. La Cocina is an incubator kitchen based in San Francisco, CA. Focusing mainly on

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30 Incubators and Funding Resources for Farms and Food | The Daily Meal – The Daily Meal

30 Incubators and Funding Resources for Farms and Food | The Daily Meal
The Daily Meal
Initiatives include soil fertility enhancement (compost), push-pull technology, agroforestry, supporting innovative farmers, and adapting to the effects of climate change. La Cocina is an incubator kitchen based in San Francisco, CA. Focusing mainly on

30 Incubators and Funding Resources for Farms and Food – The Daily Meal

30 Incubators and Funding Resources for Farms and Food
The Daily Meal
Initiatives include soil fertility enhancement (compost), push-pull technology, agroforestry, supporting innovative farmers, and adapting to the effects of climate change. La Cocina is an incubator kitchen based in San Francisco, CA. Focusing mainly on

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‘Agroecology’ is showing the way ahead for farming’s future – shropshirestar.com

'Agroecology' is showing the way ahead for farming's future
shropshirestar.com
The role of agroecology in sustainable intensification is launched in a new report which highlights a way which is better for wildlife, crop production, soil and water, as well as people. Dr Alastair Leake, of the GWCT, together with the Organic

Permaculture and Soil: How to Follow Nature’s Lead to Grow Amazing Produce – One Green Planet


One Green Planet

Permaculture and Soil: How to Follow Nature's Lead to Grow Amazing Produce
One Green Planet
A couple of years later, upon discovering permaculture, I learned to look at things differently. Truth be known, my little garden beds had been pretty successful, with a harvest of green beans, snow peas, tomatillos, and radishes that all tasted

Expansion of Rubber Plantations Drastically Reduces Soil Productivity, Water … – AZoCleantech


AZoCleantech

Expansion of Rubber Plantations Drastically Reduces Soil Productivity, Water
AZoCleantech
The research was recently published in Global Environmental Change and constitutes a joint effort by scientists at the World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF) East and Central Asia office, the Chinese Academy of Sciences, the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh, …

16 Successful Projects Highlighting Permaculture Use – The Women’s International Perspective

16 Successful Projects Highlighting Permaculture Use
The Women’s International Perspective
Permaculture is an innovative ethics and design based process used to make agriculture more sustainable, restore soil, conserve water, and redirect waste streams. The process is inspired by the everyday relationships found in nature. The primary goal

16 Successful Projects Highlighting Permaculture Use | The Daily Meal – The Daily Meal

16 Successful Projects Highlighting Permaculture Use | The Daily Meal
The Daily Meal
Permaculture is an innovative ethics and design based process used to make agriculture more sustainable, restore soil, conserve water, and redirect waste streams. The process is inspired by the everyday relationships found in nature. The primary goal

West Bengal, Bihar, Jharkhand’s special needs stressed for Ganga rejuvenation – Web India

West Bengal, Bihar, Jharkhand's special needs stressed for Ganga rejuvenation
Web India
The ten models mooted for Bihar include soil/wildlife conservation; identification of local species for plantations including bamboo, grasses and medicinal plants; agroforestry; plantation of high quality horticulture species; nursery like Kisan

Agroecology: The science that can help scale sustainable food – GreenBiz


GreenBiz

Agroecology: The science that can help scale sustainable food
GreenBiz
In Malawi, an estimated 200,000 farm families have begun embracing agroforestry, an agroecological technique that integrates trees in farms and landscapes to play multiple roles: Fertilizing the soil; providing fruit for nutrition; giving fodder for

Agroecology: The science that can help scale sustainable food | GreenBiz – GreenBiz


GreenBiz

Agroecology: The science that can help scale sustainable food | GreenBiz
GreenBiz
In Malawi, an estimated 200,000 farm families have begun embracing agroforestry, an agroecological technique that integrates trees in farms and landscapes to play multiple roles: Fertilizing the soil; providing fruit for nutrition; giving fodder for

Wake Up and Smell the Low Carbon Coffee in Costa Rica – Costa Rica Star News – The Costa Rica Star


The Costa Rica Star

Wake Up and Smell the Low Carbon Coffee in Costa Rica – Costa Rica Star News
The Costa Rica Star
Solution: Use agroforestry methods to add trees to the coffee plantations to absorb CO2 from the atmosphere, shade the coffee plants, and improve the soil. International Cooperative Support for Climate Actions. The government of Costa Rica, in

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Soil Security and Incorporating Forestry Into Food Security Strategies – New Security Beat (blog)

Soil Security and Incorporating Forestry Into Food Security Strategies
New Security Beat (blog)
The authors explain how agroforestry techniques can be both restorative and productive for ecosystems. “Working with farmers to combine the best of traditional and formal scientific knowledge offers tremendous potential to enhance the productivity and …

Soil Security and Incorporating Forestry Into Food Security Strategies | New … – New Security Beat (blog)

Soil Security and Incorporating Forestry Into Food Security Strategies | New
New Security Beat (blog)
The authors explain how agroforestry techniques can be both restorative and productive for ecosystems. “Working with farmers to combine the best of traditional and formal scientific knowledge offers tremendous potential to enhance the productivity and …

Aeroponics System Eliminates Need for Soil in Gardening – Government Technology


Government Technology

Aeroponics System Eliminates Need for Soil in Gardening
Government Technology
Krish Jayachandran, Ph.D., professor and co-director of the Agroecology program at Florida International University, agrees. “For obesity, it's not about eating too much, it is the hormones and the chemicals we use to produce the food,” Jayachandran said.

Soil-less fruits and vegetables: The sky is the limit with Aeroponic system – Miami Herald


Miami Herald

Soil-less fruits and vegetables: The sky is the limit with Aeroponic system
Miami Herald
Krish Jayachandran, Ph.D., professor and co-director of the Agroecology program at Florida International University, agrees. “For obesity, it's not about eating too much, it is the hormones and the chemicals we use to produce the food,” Jayachandran said.

Healthy soils, resilient farms

Innovative farmers and ranchers have, for generations, deliberately invested in building soil health. And this year — with the UN’s International Year of Soils and implementation of California's Healthy Soil Initiative well underway — we'll be pressing policymakers to turn innovation for healthy soil into standard practice.

The timing could not be better. Widespread implementation of practices that build and protect soil health is the only certain thing that will ensure farmers’ ability to both mitigate and adapt to worsening conditions associated with climate change. California's historic drought provides a dramatic case in point.

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Agroecology Can Help Fix Our Broken Food System. Here’s How. – The Daily Meal

Agroecology Can Help Fix Our Broken Food System. Here's How.
The Daily Meal
In Malawi, an estimated 200,000 farm families have begun embracing agroforestry, an agroecological technique that integrates trees in farms and landscapes to play multiple roles: fertilizing the soil, providing fruit for nutrition, giving fodder for

FAO and partners’ joint studies call for indigenous people’s rights for … – Asia Indigenous Peoples Pact

FAO and partners' joint studies call for indigenous people's rights for
Asia Indigenous Peoples Pact
Productivity increases through soil fertility improvements, crop diversification – both for own food and cash crops, better fallow management and combination with agroforestry are mentioned as priority areas of future support. “Indigenous peoples with

Doctoral candidate joins U of M team for farming future – Grand Forks Herald


Grand Forks Herald

Doctoral candidate joins U of M team for farming future
Grand Forks Herald
One of the new players on the field is Patrick Ewing, a doctoral candidate in agroecology and agronomy at the University of Minnesota. Agroecology is the study of ecological processes that operate in agricultural production systems. Ewing studies soil …

Fix the Soil, Feed the Planet, Save the World: The Power of Regeneration – Ecology Global Network


Ecology Global Network

Fix the Soil, Feed the Planet, Save the World: The Power of Regeneration
Ecology Global Network
Seeking to elevate sustainable forms of agriculture such as agroecology, holistic grazing, cover cropping, permaculture, and agroforestry over industrial practices that degrade soil, introduce toxins to the food supply—and exacerbate climate change—a

Climate Change and Agriculture Conference in Costa Rica – The Costa Rica Star


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Climate Change and Agriculture Conference in Costa Rica
The Costa Rica Star
… the growing global push for so-called “Sustainable Intensification” based on GMOs and the increased use of toxic pesticides and fertilizers, and to promote the multifunctional benefits of regenerative forms of agriculture such as agro-ecology
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Smartphone apps series to help maximize land’s productivity, protect resources – High Plains Journal

Smartphone apps series to help maximize land's productivity, protect resources
High Plains Journal
New Mexico State University, USDA's Natural Resources Conservation Service, ISRIC-World Soil Information in the Netherlands, the African Technology Policy Studies Network, World Agroforestry Center, Regional Center for Mapping of Resources for …

Fix the Soil, Feed the Planet, Save the World: The Power of Regeneration – eNews Park Forest


eNews Park Forest

Fix the Soil, Feed the Planet, Save the World: The Power of Regeneration
eNews Park Forest
Seeking to elevate sustainable forms of agriculture such as agroecology, holistic grazing, cover cropping, permaculture, and agroforestry over industrial practices that degrade soil, introduce toxins to the food supply—and exacerbate climate change—a

Organic farmers make a lot more money than conventional farmers – Treehugger


Grist

Organic farmers make a lot more money than conventional farmers
Treehugger
John Reganold, a co-author for the study and professor of soil science and agroecology, doesn't think so. He encourages shoppers to think about all the things they're paying for, in addition to the food they're bringing home. “Straight economic figures
Are You Paying Too Much For Organic Food? Yahoo Food



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Are You Paying Too Much For Organic Food? – Yahoo Food


Yahoo Food

Are You Paying Too Much For Organic Food?
Yahoo Food
While organic farms spend significantly more on labor, they often spend much less on pesticides and fertilizers than their conventional counterparts, explains John Reganold, study-co-author and WSU professor of soil science and agroecology. The

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Smart phone apps series to help maximize lands productivity, protect resources – Phys.Org

Smart phone apps series to help maximize lands productivity, protect resources
Phys.Org
New Mexico State University, USDA's Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), ISRIC-World Soil Information in the Netherlands, the African Technology Policy Studies Network (ATPS), World Agroforestry Center, Regional Center for Mapping of …

App series to maximize land’s productivity, protect resources – agprofessional.com

App series to maximize land's productivity, protect resources
agprofessional.com
New Mexico State University, USDA's Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), ISRIC-World Soil Information in the Netherlands, the African Technology Policy Studies Network (ATPS), World Agroforestry Center, Regional Center for Mapping of …

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Smart Phone Apps Series to Help Maximize Land’s Productivity, Protect Resources – Agricultural Research

Smart Phone Apps Series to Help Maximize Land's Productivity, Protect Resources
Agricultural Research
New Mexico State University, USDA's Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), ISRIC-World Soil Information in the Netherlands, the African Technology Policy Studies Network (ATPS), World Agroforestry Center, Regional Center for Mapping of …

Thanks to Sustainable Farming, Global Hunger Is On the Decline – TakePart


TakePart

Thanks to Sustainable Farming, Global Hunger Is On the Decline
TakePart
… adoption of sustainable agricultural intensification practices and techniques—sustainable land management, soil conservation, improved water management, diversified agricultural systems and agroforestry—in order to produce more outputs from the

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World’s least-polluting nations aim to set Paris climate bar high – Yahoo News

World's least-polluting nations aim to set Paris climate bar high
Yahoo News
Measures to get there include using solar and wind energy for rural electrification, reducing power loss during transmission, recovering gases from landfills, composting waste, and introducing agroforestry and better soil management. So far, 37

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World’s least-polluting nations aim to set Paris climate bar high – Business Insider

World's least-polluting nations aim to set Paris climate bar high
Business Insider
Measures to get there include using solar and wind energy for rural electrification, reducing power loss during transmission, recovering gases from landfills, composting waste, and introducing agroforestry and better soil management. So far, 37

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World’s least-polluting nations aim to set Paris climate bar high – Reuters

World's least-polluting nations aim to set Paris climate bar high
Reuters
Measures to get there include using solar and wind energy for rural electrification, reducing power loss during transmission, recovering gases from landfills, composting waste, and introducing agroforestry and better soil management. So far, 37

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Riza Bernabe and Maya Quirino, Bangkok | Opinion | Mon, May 25 2015, 6:30 AM – Jakarta Post

Riza Bernabe and Maya Quirino, Bangkok | Opinion | Mon, May 25 2015, 6:30 AM
Jakarta Post
Sustainable agriculture practices include crop diversification, composting, responsible water management, and rehabilitation of degraded soils. Agro-ecology's virtues include recycling biomass to enhance the soil's nutrients, managing water more

Thinking Across Disciplines to Drive Science and Policy – Huffington Post

Thinking Across Disciplines to Drive Science and Policy
Huffington Post
At the regional scale, researchers are questioning land use and conservation, and at the small scale, team members analyze agroforestry settings, soil characteristics, road development, and fishery health. Dr. Sistla's team is comprised of researchers

Southwest Pacific Ministers Focus on Climate-Smart Agriculture – IISD Reporting Services

Southwest Pacific Ministers Focus on Climate-Smart Agriculture
IISD Reporting Services
The ministers agreed that "addressing issues such as soil health, biodiversity, agroforestry, and promoting integration of sound traditional practices into commercial production are required." After hearing a report on the mid-term review of the FAO

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Reply to ‘No-till agriculture and climate change mitigation’ – Nature.com

Reply to 'No-till agriculture and climate change mitigation'
Nature.com
This was deliberate because current uptake of no-till — and its probable rate of adoption in the medium term — is far greater than for the other practices mentioned, such as agroforestry and biochar applications to soil. And we have no disagreement

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Joining forces and knowledge for healthy soils in the Netherlands – News from AgriCultures Network

Joining forces and knowledge for healthy soils in the Netherlands
News from AgriCultures Network
Edith van Walsum, the director of ILEIA, presented the main principles of agroecology, of which one is soil health. Recommendations of this workshop, which looked at how to build an agroecological movement, included more experimental space for …

CoMo SOS: Root Cellar, Chert Hollow Farm showcase Sustainable, Organic … – Columbia Heart Beat


Columbia Heart Beat

CoMo SOS: Root Cellar, Chert Hollow Farm showcase Sustainable, Organic
Columbia Heart Beat
"Agroforestry is an important aspect of our overall farm management" Eric explains. "We only use & sell wood cut & milled on-farm, using methods that help preserve soil and enhance biodiversity on our land." For people with multi-story houses

Soil and vines: Some grape growers on the Central Coast use less water than … – Santa Maria Sun


Santa Maria Sun

Soil and vines: Some grape growers on the Central Coast use less water than
Santa Maria Sun
For this retired UCSC professor who essentially started the school's Center for Agroecology and Sustainable Food Systems program, the journey started in Mexico—Tabasco, to be exact—in the 1970s, during something he calls the “Green Revolution.

CAN Youth Network Capacity Building Exchange

April 13-19, 2015: Nicaragua

The first internal capacity building exchange of CAN’s network this year took place the week of April 13-19, 2015.  More than 25 women and youth leaders from CAN’s partner organizations VIDA AC in Veracruz, Mexico, PRODECOOP and CII-ASDENIC in Las Segovias, Nicaragua, and the UCA San Ramón in San Ramón, Nicaragua joined together for 7 days of exchange and training. The aim was to build skills and knowledge around building sustainable food systems in coffee-growing communities. The exchange, which included activities in both San Ramón and Las Segovias, Nicaragua, built on the themes covered during the Intercambio event held in Santa Cruz, California in February 2015. The exchange included workshops and activities related to the topics of:

  • building artisanal water cisterns for water catchment and storage;
  • making organic fertilizers like effective microorganisms, biomineral applications, and other soil fertility preparations to help combat la roya agroecologically;
  • women-led rural enterprises, including the experience of the women’s coffee-roasting business and women’s café in San Ramon;
  • crop diversification in coffee forests;
  • natural medicine using garden plants; and
  • community-based rural tourism experiences.

Important outcomes of the exchange included 12 cooperative youth leaders trained in the construction of artisanal water cisterns; more than 20 women trained in making natural medicines from plants found in home gardens; increased knowledge of the potentials of community-based rural tourism, coffee-forest diversification, and innovative soil fertility techniques in building resilient families and communities.

An early outcome of this exchange was the drafting of a resolution consolidating the group’s commitment to agroecological coffee as a sustainable food system, with the following collective objectives identified:

  1. Initiate a dialogue about the definition of Agroecological Coffee;
  2. Receive feedback and support from CAN to generate a collective identity regarding an Agroecological Coffee Farmer;
  3. Analyze the importance of an Participatory Agroecological Certification as a strategy to strengthen the organizations and communities we work with; and
  4. Analyze the idea of creating a collective brand of women’s coffee to promote the economic empowerment of women.

Our partners have specifically requested CAN’s accompaniment in reaching these objectives. CAN is excited to support the furthering of these objectives that will benefit thousands of smallholder coffee growing families in Nicaragua and Mexico.

Presentation at SCAA Meeting in Seattle, Washington

Community Agroecology Network’s (CAN) Food Security & Sovereignty in Las Segovias, Nicaragua project was selected as a finalist for the 2015 Specialty Coffee Association of America (SCAA) Sustainability Award. Roseann Cohen, executive director of CAN, Maria Eugenia Flores, project manager, Christopher Bacon, CAN affiliated researcher and assistant professor in the Department of Environmental Studies and Sciences at Santa Clara University; and Merling Preza, general manager of PRODECOOP traveled to Seattle for the awards presentation at the SCAA 2015 annual meeting. While there, Maria Eugenia also presented the project at the Innovations in Sustainability Panel.

CAN’s project contributes to the long-term sustainability of the coffee industry in three ways. First, it promotes food sovereignty in coffee growing communities, which means healthy and stable families and communities who are able to stay on their land and make a livelihood from coffee and food production, and benefit from improved nutrition. This in turn makes the coffee supply stable. Second, this project supports improved coffee quality and long-term ecological sustainability of coffee production by promoting improved soil fertility and improved coffee shade management practices that also result in increased availability of diverse foods at the farm level. Finally, the project promotes stronger farmer cooperative organizations and their capacity to enhance the well-being of their members.

Project Details

The Food Security and Sovereignty Project in Las Segovias, Nicaragua is a collective initiative funded over the last 5 1/2 years by Keurig Green Mountain and implemented through a long-time partnership model integrating participatory action research and agroecology with cooperatives between CAN, PRODECOOP. R. L, a second level coffee cooperative, CIIASDENIC, a local nonprofit organization, and Nicaraguan and U.S. based universities. It aims to reduce and eventually eliminate seasonal hunger with 1,500 family farmers in 18 smallholder cooperatives. Core strategies includes sustainable solutions managed and owned by the cooperative to re-localize control over the local food system and reduce vulnerability to climate shocks.

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Is 2015 The Year Soil Becomes Climate Change’s Hottest Topic? – ThinkProgress


ThinkProgress

Is 2015 The Year Soil Becomes Climate Change's Hottest Topic?
ThinkProgress
“Many studies have also shown that the agroforestry system can help mitigate climate change by helping with carbon sequestration. compared to other type of cropping systems, the trees are sequestering carbon and increasing above and below ground …

Year of Soils – Arab News

Year of Soils
Arab News
One approach, so-called agro-ecology, is based on small farmers' traditional knowledge and experience, making it readily adaptable to local conditions. A study of agro-ecological farming practices by Jules Pretty in 2006 examined 286 sustainable …

With agroecology we can build soils for life! – News from AgriCultures Network

With agroecology we can build soils for life!
News from AgriCultures Network
There is a growing number of farmers who practice agroecology and have long known the importance of healthy soils. In many cases these practices are being re-learnt and adapted. In the International Year of Soils, the AgriCultures Network explores and …

Hazelnut industry on the grow in southwestern… – www.norfolknews.ca/


www.norfolknews.ca/

Hazelnut industry on the grow in southwestern…
www.norfolknews.ca/
“Tobacco soil would be good for hazelnuts,” said Todd Leuty, agroforestry specialist for the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs. “Hazelnuts prefer sandy loam – deep, sandy loam soil. Access to irrigation is important. Not as

Beijing Begins Cottonwood Control through Injecting Medicine – CRIENGLISH.com


CRIENGLISH.com

Beijing Begins Cottonwood Control through Injecting Medicine
CRIENGLISH.com
These trees were chosen for their ability to thrive through resistance to the cold, droughts, flooding, poor soil conditions as well as pests and insects. Willow trees have been used across China for a number of means, including timber production

Drought Turns a Light on Farming Methods – Santa Barbara Independent


Santa Barbara Independent

Drought Turns a Light on Farming Methods
Santa Barbara Independent
Far away in Malawi, the Soils, Food and Healthy Communities project (with which I've had the privilege of collaborating) has taught agroecological methods in hundreds of Malawian villages over the last 15 years, and the results have been impressive.

The Impact Of Climate Change On Farmers And Food – Live Trading News


Live Trading News

The Impact Of Climate Change On Farmers And Food
Live Trading News
… safe and inexpensive agroecological management practices that emphasize diversity, traditional knowledge, agroforestry, landscape complexity, and water and soil management techniques, including cover cropping, composting and water harvesting.

Soil Association boss on milk, markets and mudslinging – FarmersWeekly


FarmersWeekly

Soil Association boss on milk, markets and mudslinging
FarmersWeekly
There are a lot of interesting ideas out there, such as agroforestry – planting orchards interspersed with arable crops to improve productivity and stabilise soil erosion. Farmers are experimenting all the time and we are supporting them through our

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Got worms? Why healthy soil matters.

I’ve been an earthworm fan for decades. At my Oakland, California home I dump vegetable scraps into a big plastic bin with worms. Once or twice a year I collect incredibly rich worm compost, teaming with roly-poly bugs (isopods), worms — and billions of critters I can’t see. My garden plants love it, and it’s free.

In agricultural soils, worms (different kinds, but worms nevertheless) can contribute significantly to soil respiration with a direct and sharp increase in the amount of carbon dioxide (CO2) released, as the number and length of worm canals increases. It turns out this soil respiration is critical to plant health.

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The volatile pesticides next door

Should parents, families and teachers be warned when hazardous and volatile pesticides are used next door? That was the question before a panel of experts in California last week. Their answer may provide the basis for critical new rules for use of pesticide fumigants, and any neighbor’s right to know.

Fumigant pesticides are a problem for the Golden State. They are highly volatile, likely to drift and linked to a wide range of health impacts, including cancer. Yet every year, over 40 million pounds of these soil-sterilizing chemicals are used on California fields.

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What’s All that White Stuff?: A Brief History of Cottonwood Poplars in Beijing – The Beijinger (blog)

What's All that White Stuff?: A Brief History of Cottonwood Poplars in Beijing
The Beijinger (blog)
… cold, droughts, flooding, poor soil conditions as well as pests and insects i.e. perfect for Beijing, and had been used across China previously for a number of means, including timber production, agroforestry and for the protection of ecological