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Sustainable Development Committee (北京国际交流协会可持续发展专业委员会 Beijing International Association of Sustainable Development Professional Committee)
About:
"The SDC committee is committed to the research and practice of sustainable development; to provide a broadened global vision of ecological environment, financial order and moral culture; and through international exchanges as well as collaborations in eco-community, healthcare and epidemic prevention, energy technology and cultural & creativity, we actively promote sustainable development of eco-civilization reflected by harmonious co-existence between men as well as human and nature.

The Committee positioned itself as a platform for Chinese and international think tanks to build connections with one another, and it is also a cultivation centre for identified talented doers."

Registered 2005 in Beijing, yet with many of its members based in Chengdu / Sichuan and tightly related with Huadao Eco-Village that is localised there.

One of the founding organizers of Hanwang Forum, an annual conference similar to WEF Davos with ~2,000 participants consisting of government leaders, royalties, non-governmental organizations, research institutes, entrepreneurs, experts and academics from United Nations, European Union, over 40 countries and regions across Europe, America, Asia, Africa and Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan. The respective fields of “Hanwang 7+1” are namely Government Policies, Civil Society, Agriculture and Food, Healthcare, New Energy (Energy Conservation), Information Technology, Eco-community as well as Cultural Heritage and Innovation.

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Agrachina  Sustainability  community  NGO_NPO  Sichuan  Chengdu  sustainable  development  Policy  civilsociety  Agricultural_Development  Platform  Conference  Beijing  China  Organic_Agriculture  health  Energy-saving  Information_Society  Information_Technology  Ecology  Culture  History  Innovation  Environment  Collaboration  Creative 
5 weeks ago by eocas
Fermes d'avenir
Intro by organic-market.info:

"Maxime de Rostolan founded the organisation Fermes d'avenir five years ago. In France, this organisation supports agro-ecological smallholder initiatives through appropriate training formats, advisory services, model farms as well as lobbying and public relations work."

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Agrachina  farming  France  farm-to-table  farmers_livelihod  Farmer_Community  Social  SocialEntrepreneur  Marketing  Agricultural_Development  Agricultural_Specialist  Permaculture  ecological  Ecology  Sustainability  sustainable  Agroecology  PR  agency  workshop  Education  Training  Platform  NGO_NPO  LocaVore  Rural_Development  Rural_Economy  Rural_Employment  Organic_Agriculture  Organic_Education  Organic_Farming  Consultancy 
12 weeks ago by eocas
Ridgedale | permaculture farm
Intro by organic-market.info:

"Richard Perkins of the Swedish Ridgedale Farm presented techniques and approaches that make it possible to make small farms ecologically valuable and economically viable. "It is our responsibility to regenerate our landscape through small profitable farms that bring people back into farming," said Perkins."

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Agrachina  farming  Sweden  farm  farm-to-table  farmers_livelihod  Farmer_Community  Social  SocialEntrepreneur  Vegetables  Marketing  Agricultural_Development  Agricultural_Specialist  Permaculture  ecological  Ecology  Sustainability  sustainable  gardening  Agroecology  LocaVore  Rural_Development  Rural_Economy  Rural_Employment  Organic_Agriculture  Organic_Education  Organic_Farm  Organic_Farming 
12 weeks ago by eocas
Les jardins de la grelinette | Bio-intensive farm
Intro by organic-market.info:
"A small organic farm in St-Armand, QC, Canada. There, Maude-Hélène and Jean-Martin Fortier have been cultivating one hectare of land for a good ten years, growing 40 varieties of vegetables that they market directly - and live well with. "The key to success is to move away from a tractor-oriented approach to a people-oriented approach," said the Fortiers at a conference.

Their microfarm is one of the best-known examples of new agricultural concepts, “which have impressive effects due to their systemic approach. They are very productive on small areas and are called bio-intensive agriculture, market gardening or micro-farms,” writes the Stiftung Ökologie&Landbau (SÖL) for explanation. “Inspired by agricultural ecology and permaculture, they are economically profitable, ecologically valuable and socially respectful. Their low investment costs make these concepts particularly interesting for young people wishing to enter the agricultural sector.”

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Agrachina  farming  Canada  farm  farm-to-table  farmers_livelihod  Farmer_Community  Social  SocialEntrepreneur  Vegetables  Marketing  Agricultural_Development  Agricultural_Specialist  Permaculture  ecological  Ecology  Sustainability  sustainable  gardening  Agroecology  LocaVore  Rural_Development  Rural_Economy  Rural_Employment  Organic_Agriculture  Organic_Education  Organic_Farm  Organic_Farming 
12 weeks ago by eocas
YPARD | Young Professionals for Agricultural Development
About:
"YPARD enables and empowers young agricultural leaders who shape sustainable food systems. It is an international movement by Young Professionals FOR Young Professionals for Agricultural Development.
[...]
This global on-line and off-line communication and discussion platform is meant to enable and empower young agricultural leaders around the world to shape sustainable food systems."

Background:
Started in 2005, hosted by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), the Global Forum for Agricultural Research (GFAR), Bioversity International and the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD). In 2006 in Bern, Switzerland funding support by SDC and official formation in India soon after.

Besides of fostering discussion via their social network function are they also have a regularly updated directory related to fundraising. For example they have posted the 'International Innovation Award for Sustainable Food and Agriculture' from the FAO and the Swiss governmentfor which our UR Bridge app is eligible for the 'Award for Digitalization and innovation for Sustainable Food Systems (USD 40 000)'.

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Agrachina  Rural_Development  community  Social  SocialEntrepreneur  Social_Networking  Agricultural_Development  Forum  foodsystems  Food_And_Agriculture_Organization  Policy  Politics  Sustainability  poverty  Fundraising  Innovation  Italy  Switzerland  UrB 
january 2019 by eocas
Wefarm
About:
"Wefarm is a free peer-to-peer service that enables farmers to share information via SMS, without the internet and without having to leave their farm. Farmers can ask questions on farming and receive crowd-sourced answers from other farmers around the world in minutes.

Example How-To:
1. Rose's crop is suffering from a disease, so she sends a simple, free SMS to the local Wefarm number.
2. Her question is instantly posted online and sent to selected members of the Wefarm community via SMS.
3. Rose receives useful, relevant knowledge within minutes... without leaving her farm or having any access to internet."

Social enterprise with a few successful founding rounds.

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Agrachina  Africa  nigeria  SocialEntrepreneur  Social  Sustainability  Knowledge  knowledgemanagement  community  Crowdfunding  Agriculture  Agricultural_Development  Rural_Development  Farmer_Community  farming  Social_Networking 
december 2018 by eocas
Permaculture or Spermaculture?
Excerpt:
"... permaculture as a “young movement” that lacks self­-­­­­aware­­ness and criticism in many ways. While Bill Mollison founded and introduced permaculture as a scientific movement, today’s generation of permaculturists are continually pushing for the inclusion of social dynamics, including gender dynamics, in discussions. If it’s care of the earth, care of people, and sharing the surplus, human dynamics have to be a part of that and the social analysis needs to be a part of that."

HAG
Lifesnippets  Agricultural_Development  Sustainability  Permaculture  Gender  Research  Social  Sociology  Philosophy 
june 2018 by eocas
Schweibenalp – Center of Unity
About:
"Living and working community to manage the seminar business and the permaculture gardens. As a part of the Global Ecovillages Network, we consider ourselves as one of the emerging models for a holistic cultural transformation. At the Center of Unity Schweibenalp we contribute since more than 30 years to the development of an integral life culture and universal spirituality."
In Brienz / Bernese Alps / Switzerland.

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Agrachina  Permaculture  Sustainability  community  sustainable  sustainablecompany  Slow_Fashion  Slow_Food  network  Conference  Switzerland  gardening  Culture  Cultivation  Rural_Development  Rural_Economy  rural  Lifestyle  Lifesnippets  Agricultural_Development  artisanal  decentralization  natural  Philosophy  Ethics 
june 2018 by eocas
Global Agriculture Information Network (GAIN)
Belongs to USDA and for example checks on China's pesticide residues policies to monitor the risks for tainted food imports.

About:
"Provides timely information on the agricultural economy, products and issues in foreign countries since 1995 that are likely to have an impact on United States agricultural production and trade. U.S. Foreign Service officers working at posts overseas collect and submit information on the agricultural situation in more than 130 countries to USDA's Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS), which maintains the GAIN reports.

Production, Supply, and Distribution (PSD) data in GAIN reports are NOT official USDA data, but represent estimates made by FAS Attachés. Official USDA PSD data are determined after analyzing all overseas reports and drawing on additional sources, including more than 1,500 documents received from private and public sources around the world, global weather information, and satellite imagery analysis. After this analysis, official USDA data are released in USDA's World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates monthly report and in FAS' World Production, Market, and Trade reports."

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Agrachina  Business_Advisory_relevant  USA  Analysis  Directory_Database  Networking  Pesticide  Report  SupplyChain  importer  export  BI  Agriculture  Agricultural_Publication  Agricultural_Trade  Agricultural_Development 
april 2018 by eocas
Science, Technology, and the Politics of Knowledge- The Case of China’s Agricultural Technology Demonstration Centers in Africa
By China Agricultural University, Beijing, China and Research for Development Trust, Harare, Zimbabwe.

Highlights:
"• The mismatch between policy design and implementation of Chinese African Technology Development Centres (ATDCs) is examined.

• Ethnographic data from four ATDCs in African countries are used to examine day-to-day negotiations over knowledge and politics.

• The ATDCs are seen as an embodiment of a “traveling technocratic rationality”, rooted in the history of Chinese agricultural policy.

• The ATDCs provide possible alternative development pathways for agricultural technology cooperation in Africa."

HAG
import_simplenote  Agrachina  Technology  China  Africa  Zimbabwe  Research  Policy  Knowledge  Agricultural_Development 
october 2016 by eocas
China is on a mission to modernize African farming—and find new markets for its own companies
Article refers mainly to 'agricultural technology demonstration centers' (ATDC) in Rwanda as example.

Excerpt:
"The very thing that the Chinese want out of Africa is not food. They want business opportunities. They want to create more market space for Chinese agricultural companies, more recognition that the Chinese are the true friend of African countries, and international recognition that China is a responsible stakeholder.
[...]
Over the past five years since the Chinese agricultural center opened, Hu and his team have trained more than 1,000 Rwandans in a specific mushroom growing method called juncao, or “mushroom grass”. The juncao method is ideal for Rwanda because it uses grass and agricultural waste for the soil instead of sawdust from felled trees—the traditional method—and thus doesn’t require extra land to grow the trees on.
[...]
Chinese agricultural companies and institutions bid to build and operate demonstration centers. China’s ministry of commerce funds the centers. By the end of three years, they are expected to have found business opportunities to become self-financing.
[...]
The top recipients of Chinese agricultural aid in Africa as of 2009 were Angola the Republic of Congo, Ghana, Nigeria, Mozambique, Ethiopia, Cameroon, Equatorial Guinea, Uganda, and Togo.
[...]
A team of ethnographers surveyed ATDCS in four countries last year and found that several put market concerns over the needs and suitability of the host country."

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import_simplenote  Agrachina  Africa  Technology  Rwanda  Business  Market_Expansion  Agricultural_Development  Machinery  Mushroom  Angola  congo  Ghana  nigeria  mozambique  ethiopia  cameroon  Uganda  Sustainability 
october 2016 by eocas
The Organic Farmer (TOF) - Magazine / Information service / News for sustainable agriculture in Kenya
About:
"The Organic Farmer (TOF) is an information service for farmers in Kenya and the wider East African region, with a focus on providing practical advice through print (a monthly farmers’ magazine) and broadcast (radio programs). These channels of communication provide farmers with information on environmentally friendly farming methods and advice on how to increase yields using simple, sustainable methods.
[...]
Feedback loops from farmers and other stakeholders in the agriculture industry.
[...]
Through this platform, TOF aims to facilitate the sharing of information, knowledge and experiences from farmer-to-farmer, experts/scientists/researchers to farmers and vice versa."

Started 2005 by Swiss journalist Peter Baumgartner in Nairobi.

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Africa  farming  Farmer_Community  Kenya  Organic  Organic_Agriculture  Organic_Farming  education  Sustainability  Agricultural_Publication  agriculture  Agricultural_Organic_Guide  Agricultural_Development  environment  environmentalism  Best_practice  platform  Switzerland  import_agrachina  Information_Platform  Agrachina 
july 2016 by eocas
From Uniformity to Diversity: A paradigm shift from industrial agriculture to diversified agroecological systems
Abstract:
"Report by the International Panel of Experts on Sustainable Food Systems (IPES-Food), launched on 2 June 2016 at the Trondheim Biodiversity Conference (Norway) calls for a radical change in our food production systems.

Many of the problems in food systems are linked specifically to the uniformity at the heart of industrial agriculture, and its reliance on chemical fertilizers and pesticides. Simply tweaking industrial agriculture will not provide long-term solutions to the multiple problems it generates.
It is not a lack of evidence holding back the agroecological alternative. It is the mismatch between its huge potential to improve outcomes across food systems, and its much smaller potential to generate profits for agribusiness firms."

Critical response of a farmer who argues generalizations on the farm-side issues of farm justice:
https://familyfarmjustice.wordpress.com/2016/06/16/expert-agroecology-report-a-farm-justice-critique

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Research_Agriculture_Investments  Research_Institutes  Research_Analytics_Organic  research  datasource  Report  Sustainability  Food_Trade  food  food_safety  foodsystems  Ecobalance  Ecology  Agricultural_Development  Agricultural_Publication  farming  biodiversity  Fertilizer  Pesticide  Agroecology  Organic  Organic_Agriculture  Organic_Food_Regulations  Organic_Food_Trade  Organic_food  organic_education  Organic_Movement_Organisation  Organic_Marketing  Organic_Farming  import_agrachina  Agrachina 
june 2016 by eocas
CGIAR - Consultative Group for International Agricultural Research
Founded in 1971 by the green revolution (increased application of fertilizer and pesticides) fathers Norman Borlaug and Robert McNamara.

Wiki:
"Global partnership that unites organizations engaged in research for a food secure future. Research is dedicated to reducing rural poverty, increasing food security, improving human health and nutrition, and ensuring sustainable management of natural resources. Carried out by 15 Centers, in close collaboration with hundreds of partners, including national and regional research institutes, civil society organizations, academia, development organizations and private sector."

List 15 Centers:
- Africa Rice Center (AfricaRice)
- Bioversity International (Bioversity)
- International Center for Tropical Agriculture (known by its Spanish acronym CIAT for Centro Internacional de Agricultura Tropical)
- Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR)
- International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center (known by its Spanish acronym CIMMYT for Centro Internacional de Mejoramiento de Maíz y Trigo)
- International Potato Center (known by its Spanish acronym CIP for Centro Internacional de la Papa)
- International Center for Agricultural Research in the Dry Areas (ICARDA)
- International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT)
- International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI)
- International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA)
- International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI)
- International Rice Research Institute (IRRI)
- International Water Management Institute (IWMI)
- World Agroforestry Centre (previously known as the International Centre for Research in Agroforestry, ICRAF)
- WorldFish

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Fertilizer  Africa  food  security  Research  Agricultural_Development  NGO_NPO  Pesticide  sustainability  Health  civilsociety  rural_development  import_agrachina  Agrachina 
may 2016 by eocas
World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF)
About:
"ICRAF is a CGIAR Consortium Research Centre (CIGAR = Consultative Group for International Agricultural Research, founded 1971 by Norman Borlaug and Robert McNamara). ICRAF’s headquarters are in Nairobi, Kenya, with six regional offices located in Cameroon, China, India, Indonesia, Kenya and Peru.

The Centre’s vision is a rural transformation throughout the tropics as smallholder households increase their use of trees in agricultural landscapes to improve their food security, nutrition security, income, health, shelter, social cohesion, energy resources and environmental sustainability.

ICRAF's mission is to generate science-based knowledge about the diverse benefits - both direct and indirect - of agroforestry, or trees in farming systems and landscapes, and to disseminate this knowledge to develop policy options and promote policies and practices that improve livelihoods and benefit the environment.

The World Agroforestry Centre is guided by the broad development challenges pursued by the CGIAR. These include poverty alleviation that entails enhanced food security and health, improved productivity with lower environmental and social costs, and resilience in the face of climate change and other external shocks.

ICRAF's work also addresses many of the issues being tackled by the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) that aim to eradicate hunger, reduce poverty, provide affordable and clean energy, protect life on land and combat climate change.

We receive our funding from many different investors; including governments, private foundations, international organizations and regional development banks. Our work is conducted with partners from a range of scientific and development institutions."

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ICT  IT  Technology  Kenya  Africa  rural_development  Forestry  Smallholder  Agricultural_Development  food  security  Health  environment  sustainability  Research  policy  Agroecology  farming  Fertilizer  import_agrachina  Information_Platform  Agrachina 
may 2016 by eocas
Landportal.info - Land Portal Foundation
About: "Information, resources, innovations and networking on land issues. Improving land governance and securing land rights for landless and vulnerable people The Portal allows for the collection, sourcing, and searching of otherwise fragmented and inaccessible data and information on land governance and land use from diverse sources, produced by governments, academia, international organizations, indigenous peoples and NGOs. Besides documenting land rights, the Portal also encourages social information exchange, debate and networking." Many reports on China, especially regarding their land-use-scheme. Original scope: www.landportal.info/sites/landportal.info/files/LandPortal_BusinessPlan_Sept2014-Web.pdf HAG
Netherlands  Land_Grab  Stakeholder_Management  Trade  Trade_Policy  Legal  Directory_Database  Innovation  Frugal  rural_development  Agricultural_Development  Agricultural_Trade  goodgovernance  Networking  foundation  NGO_NPO  policy  China  Business_Advisory_relevant  import_agrachina  Information_Platform  Agrachina  Business_Planning 
march 2016 by eocas
Agricultural Science and Technology Indicators (ASTI)
About: "ASTI provides trusted open-source data on agricultural research systems across the developing world. Led by the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI)." HAG
agriculture  Research  technology  IT  Innovation  rural_development  Agricultural_Development  data  NGO_NPO  import_agrachina  Startupinthecloud  Information_Platform  Open_Data  Agrachina 
march 2016 by eocas
The CIARD R.I.N.G. | A directory of information services and datasets in agriculture
About: "The RING is a global directory of web-based information services and datasets for agricultural research for development (ARD). It is the principal tool created through the CIARD initiative to allow information providers to register their services and datasets in various categories and so facilitate the discovery of sources of agriculture-related information across the world. Functions of the CIARD RING: - map of accessible data sources; - dataset sharing platform for agriculture; - good practice services for implementing “interoperability”; - clarify level and mode of interoperability of information sources; - instructions for building enhanced integrated services that repackage information in different ways." HAG
IT  Technology  Project_Information_Platform  Directory_Database  Agricultural_Development  Agricultural_Publication  Food_And_Agriculture_Organization  Statistics  data  Innovation  NGO_NPO  import_agrachina  Startupinthecloud  Information_Platform  Open_Data  Agrachina 
march 2016 by eocas
GFAR - Global Forum on Agricultural Research
About: "VISION: The Global Forum makes agri-food research and innovation systems more effective, responsive and equitable, towards achieving Sustainable Development Goals [...] MISSION: Partners in the Global Forum, at national, regional and international levels, advocate for, and catalyse Collective Actions that strengthen and transform agri-food research and innovation systems [...] GFAR a global agricultural research for development community to transform and strengthen agri-food research and innovation systems" Sub-organization of FAO (Food and Agriculture Organization) of the UN United Nations, based in Rome / Italy. HAG
Africa  rural_development  Agricultural_Development  Innovation  Frugal  Research  community  Food_Trade  NGO_NPO  Italy  import_agrachina  Startupinthecloud  Agrachina 
march 2016 by eocas
Contradictions in state- and civil society-driven developments in China’s ecological agriculture sector
Scientific paper by Steffanie Scott, Zhenzhong Si, Theresa Schumilas, Aijuan Chen on Food Policy as part of Elsevier journal volume 45 ( www.journals.elsevier.com/food-policy ). About: "It examines the trajectory of ecological agriculture development in China in the past two decades. It also points out the the state's contradictory roles in this process and the newly emerged civil society initiatives in ecological farming." Highlights: "• China has stringent food production standards to approach zero ecological impact. • State support for eco-agriculture is part of the agricultural modernization agenda. • Yet state support fosters high-tech farming that excludes smaller producers. • Consumer priorities are food safety, not environmental protection or farmer incomes. • Some exceptions include values-oriented CSAs, farmers’ markets, and buying clubs." HAG
Report  China  Agricultural_Development  Ecology  policy  CSR_Corporate-Social-Responsibility  agriculture  chinese  Research  food_standards  import_agrachina  Agrachina 
november 2015 by eocas
Rural Hub
Napoli-based co-living and co-working space, incubator, study center leading a permanent research on social innovation applied to rural, About: "Rural Hub is the rhizome of a network of researchers, activists, scholars, and managers interested in identifying new models of economic development. All those people are motivated to find new solutions to the needs (both social and market-related) of the new rural enterprises. It was founded as a research union, in order to facilitate the connection between new and innovative enterprises, investors and trade associations. This “response” to the lack of business incubators and service providers could really entail a renewal of the business, for a sustainable development of the agri-food industry. Rural Hub is the first Italian hacker space allowing connection and sharing among people, ideas, technologies and projects concerning social innovation projects applied to the rural world." HAG
NGO_NPO  Italy  CSA_Community_Supported_Agriculture  Agricultural_Development  CSR_Corporate-Social-Responsibility  rural_development  Agricultural_Conglomerate  Innovation  Research  Farmer_Community  community  import_agrachina  Agrachina 
october 2015 by eocas
Can Fairtrade milk help British dairy farmers?
Abstract by organic-market.info: "... campaign for fairer prices by UK dairy farmers has brought the attention to producers, who are struggling in a deteriorating market. The Fairtrade Foundation (FT) responded to calls to put the fair trade mark on milk – saying it supports the general concept. Nevertheless FT claims that they are not necessarily the right organisation for this job, since the work would also need to take in account sustainable agricultural practices and high animal welfare standards. British farmers face similar challenges to farmers from developing countries but UK’s agronomist have more options to act, according to the director of policy and public affairs for FT. FT added that UK dairy farmers were able to take their protests into supermarkets, lobby their MP’s directly or have their voice heard through farmers’ unions. Without more transparency in supply chains, it is difficult to say where the real problems in delivering fair prices to farmers really lie." HAG
Animal_Welfare  environment  organic_agriculture  Agricultural_Development  Dairy_Farming  farmers_livelihod  import_agrachina  Fair_Trade  Agrachina  UK 
september 2015 by eocas
E-Agriculture
About: "e-Agriculture is a global Community of Practice, where people from all over the world exchange information, ideas, and resources related to the use of information and communication technologies (ICT) for sustainable agriculture and rural development. With over 12,000 members from 170 countries and territories, the e-Agriculture Community is made up of individual stakeholders such as information and communication specialists, researchers, farmers, students, policy makers, business people, development practitioners, and others. The members have a common interest that brings us together: improving policies and processes around the use of ICT in support of agriculture and rural development, in order to have a positive impact on rural livelihoods." HAG
Information_Science  e-commerce  Research_Papers  Community  Agricultural_Development  IT  Technology  NGO_NPO  ICT  import_agrachina  import_startupinthecloud  Agrachina  Startupinthecloud  Information_Platform 
july 2015 by eocas
Agroecology can help fix our broken food system
Their definition of agroecology: "Approach that embraces complexity and change. It involves developing the capacity to listen, to grow new connections, and to build solidarity among animals, plants and people. It’s called agroecology. As the name suggests, agroecology is based in ecology, a science grounded in the interactions among organisms and their environments. [...] “Agroecology applies the principles of ecology to the design and management of sustainable food systems.” What that means in practice is that farmers and researchers work together to develop farming practices that enhance soil fertility, recycle nutrients, optimize the use of energy and water, and, perhaps most importantly, increase the beneficial interactions of organisms with and within their ecosystems. A key ingredient in agroecology is agricultural biodiversity — aka agrobiodiversity." HAG
Agroecology  sustainability  Agricultural_Development  Organic_food  organic_agriculture  Biodiversity  food_safety  import_agrachina  Agrachina 
june 2015 by eocas
World Bank Provides Financing to Strengthen Financial Sector and Improve Agricultural Productivity in Bangladesh
Intro: "$476m for financial sector and one million poor farmers. [...] $300m for the Financial Sector Support Project and $176m for the National Agricultural Technology Program II. [...] These small-scale farmers will benefit from stronger linkages with research, on-farm demonstrations of improved technologies, training and skills development, agricultural extension services, and co-funding productive assets. [...] increase and diversify agricultural production, and ensure the poor farmers’ access to markets. [...] increase agricultural productivity of crops, livestock and fisheries. [...] a demand-driven, market-oriented and decentralized approach to agricultural research and strengthening agricultural research institutions." Questions are how much will go to pockets of research facilities, technology providers and training providers? Will credit provision system increase farmer's debt? Why not establishing suitable storage and marketing infrastructure? Or directly buy yields? HAG
Agricultural_Development  Bangladesh  NGO_NPO  rural_development  Finance  Micro-Financing  Farmer_Community  farmers_livelihod  Research  education  Livestock  seafood  import_agrachina  Agrachina 
june 2015 by eocas
Stiftung Mercator
German-based non-profit foundation that gives grants in the field of these four thematic clusters: 1. Europe, 2. Integration, 3. Climate Change 4. Cultural Education. Extended focus is Turkey and China. HAG
Fundraising  Agricultural_Development  education  Investor_relations  Germany  European_Union  China  NGO_NPO  import_agrachina  Agrachina  grants 
june 2015 by eocas
Costly fertiliser holds back a green revolution in Africa
Article in strong favor of applying conventional methods of green revolution to Africa, including subsidizing the use of chemical fertilizers. The bottom-line of the article seems to be this quote of Dr Bashir Jama, who runs a programme on soil health for the Alliance for the Green Revolution in Africa (Agra), an NGO working to improve food security - he propagates that the process of revitalising African farming must be based on both conventional and alternative approaches.: "Organic approaches are more sustainable in the long run, he says, but chemical fertiliser use is unlikely to grow in Africa to the levels seen in the West and Asia that cause environmental problems, he says. Without fertilisers, Jama warns, some vulnerable countries, including Niger, will struggle to feed their growing populations in as little as three years." HAG
Soil  Africa  Agricultural_Development  Organic_Fertilizer  fertilizer  fertilizer_subsidies  food_security  Agro-Chemicals  import_agrachina  Agrachina 
december 2014 by eocas
Wendell Berry: A Strong Voice For Local Farming and the Land
Writer of: "The Unsettling of America: Culture and Agriculture" Quote, referring to a to to be welcomed 50-Year Farm Bill in the US: "Unlike the typical U.S. farm bill, the 50-Year Farm Bill attempts to address the real and ongoing problems of agriculture: erosion, toxicity, loss of genetic and species diversity, and the destruction of rural communities, or the destruction, where it still survives, of the culture of husbandry. [...] 80 percent of the land is planted annually in annual crops such as corn and beans, and 20 percent in perennials. It proposes a 50-year program for the gradual inversion of that ratio to 80 percent perennial cover and 20 percent annuals. It’s pretty clear that annual plants are nature’s emergency service. They’re the plants that come in after, say, a landslide, after the land has been exposed, and they give it a temporary cover while the perennials are getting started. So our predominantly annual agriculture keeps the land in a state of emergency." HAG
organic_agriculture  Agricultural_Development  sustainability  Permaculture  import_agrachina  Agrachina 
march 2014 by eocas
New database reveals China’s ‘secret’ aid to Africa
US-financed database analyzing 1,673 Chinese development finance projects worth US$75 billion in 50 African countries from the years 2000-2011. Excerpt: "Beijing has come under criticism for allegedly exploiting Africa’s natural resources, providing support to corrupt regimes, and undermining good governance, debt relief and environmental policies promoted by traditional Western donors." ... The data sheds new light on China’s financial aid and breaks down previous allegations that Beijing is solely looking out for its own interests, Parks said. “They do a lot in the health sector, they do a lot in the government and civil society sector…a lot of things not usually appreciated as activities supported by the Chinese government,” he said. “It’s just striking the diversity of the work they do in the development arena.” HAG
NGO_NPO  Agricultural_Development  Africa  China_Investment  import_agrachina  Agrachina 
may 2013 by eocas
Can De-Chemicalizing Agriculture Save the Planet?
Article by GIFT Chandran Nair about the market forces in the hands of agribusiness and how this is a obstacle for sustainability.

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sustainability  Agro-Chemicals  Agricultural_Development  Statistics  import_agrachina  Agrachina 
december 2012 by eocas
New guidance for foreign investments in China - BizTimes
Effective jan 30, 2012, the government has issued new guidelines of encouraged and discouraged industries for foreign investment.

sustainable agriculture projects are encouraged, e.g.

"Development of technologies in the cultivation of green, organic vegetables (including edible fungi and melons), dried and fresh fruits, and tea leaves, and the relevant production."

"Returning of crop straw to farmland and the comprehensive utilization thereof; development and production of organic fertilizer resources."

"Construction and operation of ecological environment protection projects, e.g. the planting of trees and grasses to prevent and cure desertification and soil erosion."

"Aquaculture, open ocean cage aquaculture, industrial aquaculture and ecological marine culture."

JN
Investor_Relations  Agricultural_Development  Policy  Guideline  import_agrachina  Agrachina 
february 2012 by eocas
China Development Brief
The platform China Development Brief (中国发展简报 - CDB) is publishing blogs and lists of literature regarding all kind of aspects of the sprouting Chinese Civil Society. It also has a part regarding civil society in the agriculture field: Bernstein, T. P. (1996). “Incorporating Group Interests Into the Policy Process: The Case of Farmers During the Reform Era.” Paper presented to the conference on The Non-Economic Impact of China’s Economic Reforms, Harvard University. Kelliher, D. (1992). Peasant Power in China: The Era of Rural Reform, 1979-1989. New Haven: Yale University Press. Wang, X. (1997). “Mutual Empowerment of State and Peasantry: Grassroots Democracy in Rural China,” World Development 25(9): pp. 1431-1442. Young, N. (2006). “Amber Light for Farmers Organizations,” article for China Development Brief. How and where we can study this literature? 20110906/HAG
Agricultural_Development  NGO_NPO  Expert  Policy  Rural_Development  China  import_agrachina  Agrachina  civilsociety  Research  Social 
september 2011 by eocas
China's 12th Five-Year Plan (Agricultural Section)
The USDA just recently published this translation of the Agricultural section of the 12th-Five-Year Plan. This can be used for GreenBridge's special on "12th Five-Year Plan on Agriculture".

20110728/HAG
politics  Policy  Agricultural_Development  GreenBridge  Five-Year_Plan_Agriculture  import_agrachina  Agrachina 
july 2011 by eocas
ERS/USDA Data - China Agricultural and Economic Data: Related Links
USDA's research on China's agricultural and economic data. Data doesn't seem too up to date. 20110701
Agricultural_Development  import_agrachina  Agrachina 
july 2011 by eocas
Food & Agriculture Reports - Greenpeace China
Food & Agriculture channel from Greenpeace China that has developed a lot during the past two years and includes independent quality controls by volunteers in most provinces.

20110511/HAG
Report  food_safety  Agricultural_Development  Quality_Control  import_agrachina  Agrachina 
may 2011 by eocas
Lessons from agricultural successes
Abstract of a costly report from Worldwatch Institute that assessed the agricultural industry since the green revolution and gives implications for the future. They ask for a higher professionalism and at the same time more decentralization. They also ask for tradeoffs towards the use of chemical (and GMO?) methods.

20110502/HAG
Rural_Development  Agricultural_Development  import_agrachina  Agrachina 
may 2011 by eocas
Jon Foley envisions a hybrid of industrial and organic farming
Jon Foley, director environment institute Minnesota, is not very clear how exactly this hybrid way shall work exactly, for example whether with or without GMO.

Maybe with WITH GMO?:
http://rs.resalliance.org/2009/11/07/jon-foley-argues-for-resilient-integration-of-industrial-and-organic-agriculture/

Quote:
"Organic agriculture teaches us important lessons about soils, nutrients and pest management. And local agriculture connects people back to their food system. Unfortunately, certified organic food provides less than 1 percent of the world’s calories, mostly to the wealthy. It is hard to imagine organic farming scaling up to feed 9 billion.

Globalized and industrialized agriculture have benefits of economic scalability, high output and low labor demands. Overall, the Green Revolution has been a huge success. Without it, billions of people would have starved. However, these successes have come with tremendous environmental and social costs, which cannot be sustained."
20110210/HAG
Organic_Farming  Agricultural_Development  GMO  import_agrachina  Agrachina 
march 2011 by eocas
Mehr als nur Landwirtschaft - "Land- und Ernährungswirtschaft 2025"
The Swiss Agricultural Department (BLW) published the paper "Land- und Ernährungswirtschaft 2025" (download: http://www.news.admin.ch/NSBSubscriber/message/attachments/20200.pdf / press release: http://www.news.admin.ch/message/index.html?lang=de&msg-id=34798 ) to lay the base for a public discussion about the future strategy of the Swiss agricultural and food industry policies. First, they propose a improvement of the already existing policies, e.g. by optimizing the the direct payments. Second, the scope should be opened from agrarian-only policies only to collaborate more deeply with the surrounding markets as well. There should be also more attention on land use regulations, education, consulting and science. Swiss farmers should further improve their quality leadership and environmental-friendly production - they will get continued support from the government. 20100828/HAG
Politics  Agricultural_Development  Subsidies  import_agrachina  Agrachina 
august 2010 by eocas
China, Africa forge farming ties
China State Farms Agribusiness Corporation (CSFAC) from the Chinese government is asking for more agricultural investments in Africa. The China-Africa trade volume of agricultural products has been surging from $647 million to $2.8 billion in 2009. 20100812/HAG
Agricultural_Development  Africa  import_agrachina  Agrachina 
august 2010 by eocas
Food stocks on the rise
Food prices are rising because of the worldwide "food gambling" speculations. That's usually nothing to win for farmers or worse. However, the Chinese government is also trying to enable it's farmers more wealth. Citation from this article:
"The central government has pledged to encourage agricultural investment and stimulate rural consumption by providing more subsidies to farmers. Analysts said that such favorable policies will help improve profitability of agricultural companies in the long run."
We don't know yet which other new favorable policies can be expected, but there will be some. 20100809/HAG
Subsidies  Food_Trade  Food_Prices  Agricultural_Development  Politics  import_agrachina  Agrachina 
august 2010 by eocas
Agricultural Technologies for Developing Countries
Paper from the European parliament. Abstract:
"The study investigates the contribution of selected important agricultural production systems and technologies (incl. rainwater harvesting, conservation agriculture, rice intensification system, organic farming, agroforestry systems and transgenic plants) to higher food production and food security with focus on small-scale farmers in developing countries. It then suggests options for action within European development policies and development cooperation."
Agricultural_Development  Organic_Agriculture  Organic_Farming_feed_China  filetype:pdf  media:document  import_agrachina  Agrachina 
july 2010 by eocas
Arabs, Africa can benefit from Chinese agricultural expertise: expert - People's Daily Online
THis is interesting to learn how CHina benefits developing countries from their agricultural expertise. Having this advantage will make them powerful in the future. 20100217/GDL
Agricultural_Development  import_agrachina  Agrachina 
february 2010 by eocas

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