This presentation was made to the FRN working group, sharing how self-help groups and other social infrastructure have helped to spread agroecology practices and principles among millions of farmers in India. Source: G. Muralidhar and Swati Renduchintala, Andra Pradesh Community-managed Natural Farming
Agroecological transition processes in West Africa CoP: Visions inspired by core values and agroecological principles. In April 2021, the Agroecology Support Team (AES) conducted a workshop on the theme of agroecological transitions (AET) through a lens of agroecological principles and personal values.The goal was to strengthen projects’ confidence in their own knowledge and to ease […]
Two Indonesian farmers in conversation at international agroecology school in Italy. Photo credit: Colin Anderson This series explores praxis in agroecology transitions. Praxis is a critical concept in participatory research and action and can be understood as the dialectical interaction of theory/reflection and practice/action that opens the possibility for contributing to social transformation. Resource Download: […]
Two Indonesian farmers in conversation at international agroecology school in Italy. Photo credit: Colin Anderson Esta serie explora la praxis en las transiciones agroecológicas. La praxis es un concepto crítico en la investigación y acción participativa y puede entenderse como la interacción dialéctica de teoría/reflexión y práctica/acción que abre la posibilidad de contribuir a la […]
Two Indonesian farmers in conversation at international agroecology school in Italy. Photo credit: Colin Anderson Cette série explore la praxis dans les transitions agroécologiques. La praxis est un concept important dans la recherche et l’action participatives. Elle peut être vue comme l’interaction dialectique entre la théorie/réflexion et la pratique/action qui ouvre la voie à la […]
The complexity and heterogeneity of high Andean agricultural systems in Peru requires holistic and inclusive approaches from soils to landscapes. By Cecilia Turin, Katherin Meza and Steven Vanek For too long, the importance and fragility of high Andean soils and production systems have been overlooked. The soils of the Peruvian Andes are diverse, shallow, and […]
By Magali Garcia In times of food, production and sustainability crises, the combination of research and innovation is key to achieving agricultural sustainability at a global level. However, innovations developed by farmers are often considered irrelevant. This is a contradiction in itself since farmers must constantly investigate and innovate in order to deal with the […]
In October, the CCRP hosted a three-day online gathering of farmers, extensionists, researchers, agronomists, non-governmental organizations, farmers’ unions and federations, policymakers, government representatives, businesses, and more. The aim of the gathering was to weave together diverse strands of experience, practice, stories and evidence from farmer-centered research for agroecology. It celebrated accomplishments, asked some hard questions, […]
Farmers and researchers around the world are working together tirelessly to advance agroecological transitions. Their co-creation is driving change at the local, regional, and global levels. Meet some of the champions doing this work within the CCRP’s farmer research networks (FRNs). Meet Mahama Ouedraogo Meet Eliseo Mamani Alverez Meet Celia Marcelina Plata Aguilar Meet Boukari Harouna […]
Angela Mkindi, PhD, and Steven Belmain, PhD, recently sat down to talk about their work with the CCRP’s farmer research network (FRN) initiative. The excerpts below have been edited for length and clarity. On the Progression of Botanical Projects and Traditional Use in East Africa Steve Belmain: There’s been an evolution in what we’ve been […]
By Ric Coe, Director and Specialist in Research Methods, Statistics for Sustainable Development Generations of agricultural scientists have been taught the same research methods. While novel questions sometimes require novel methods, the basic tools have been established a long time. Take field experiments. The principles of good (valid, efficient) experiments were written by Fisher nearly […]
By Ric Coe, Director and Specialist in Research Methods, Statistics for Sustainable Development I have spent my career helping agricultural, environmental, and rural development scientists with their research. The aim is always much the same: rigorous, dependable, unbiased results upon which people can act. But do we use the same approach when working on our […]
By Mary Richardson, Consultant, Anthropologist, and CCRP Farmer Research Networks Learning Coordinator The idea that farmers are essential leaders in propelling agricultural research and protecting the earth’s ecological health is not novel. However, a crucial need has gone unmet: a way to share diverse farmers’ knowledge, successes, and challenges on a much larger scale. Farmer […]
By Nuru Kipato, Research Methods Assistant, Statistics for Sustainable Development Agroecology has been at the center of many debates in agricultural arenas in recent years. As an up-and-coming researcher, I often wondered what all the fuss was about, so I decided to study up on the subject. My understanding of agroecology is that it describes […]
Learning from a multicountry donor’s experience Although the evaluation field has increasingly integrated systems thinking and complexity science (STCS) into its work, little has been published on how to build capacity for STCS-informed evaluation. This article helps address that gap by exploring paired concepts drawn from the STCS and evaluation capacity building (ECB) literature, including: […]
The research methods support (RMS) project is all about increasing the effectiveness of agroecological research done by the CCRP. The team works the many individuals and groups within the program who need support designing research, handling and analyzing data, and using the results. Sometimes, the diverse activities in which RMS gets involved come together in […]
In 2013, the Collaborative Crop Research Program initiated support for farmer research networks (FRNs). FRNs were envisaged as a general approach to networked participatory research aimed at supporting the agroecological intensification of smallholder farming in ten countries in Africa and the Andes region in South America. The 30 FRNs ranged in size from 15 to […]
Planned communities of practice can be an effective means to create and spread knowledge. Funder-Initiated Communities of Practice as a Means for Sharing and Creating Knowledge in Order to Strengthen the Adaptive Capacity of Systems, published in Foundation Review, explores the degree to which CoPs can be initiated by funders, and presents the lessons learned […]
A team of researchers at Bioversity International has continued to develop the “tricot” approach to research with farmers. The team developed and validated prototypes to make the process clearer to farmers, having found that farmers were more motivated to participate if they had a full understanding of the research cycle. The ClimMob digital platform, which […]
In September 2021, the United Nations will hold its first Food Systems Summit. (Exact dates to be determined.) CCRP grantee Global Alliance for the Future of Food will contribute in multiple ways. Its executive director, Ruth Richardson, is among those leading the Champions Network and is a part of the executive committee. Across the CCRP […]
A presentation made to the FRN working group on modelling village futures using a land use game with farmers in Mali. Read about how a board game can be used to create scenarios and project their impacts into the future.
La présentation par l’équipe AES avec une synthèse des visions partagées par les groupes. Elle rassemble les principes et les valeurs que les participants ont considérés comme essentiels pour une transformation ainsi que les étapes et les recommandations nécessaires pour transformer les visions en actions.
La presentación del equipo de AES con una síntesis de las visiones compartidas por los grupos. Reúne los principios y valores que los participantes consideraron claves para una transformación, así como los pasos y recomendaciones necesarios para convertir las visiones en acciones.
The presentation used by the Agroecology Support (AES) team for their opening talk at the 16th Annual Andes CoP meeting. It contains an overview on the agroecological principles and transition process, including a case study from Vermont (U.S.)
La presentación utilizada por el equipo de AES para la charla de apertura. Contiene una visión general de los principios agroecológicos y el proceso de transición, incluyendo un estudio de caso de Vermont (EE.UU.)
La présentation utilisée par l’équipe de l’AES pour l’exposé d’ouverture. Elle contient un aperçu des principes agroécologiques et du processus de transition, y compris une étude de cas du Vermont (États-Unis).