Vermiwash is the liquid that is collected after water passes through compost made by earthworms. It is rich in plant growth hormones, micro-nutrients, and major nutrients like nitrogen, phosphorous and potassium. Go here to watch the video, Vermiwash: an organic tonic for crops
Source: Produced by Shanmuga Priya for Access Agriculture
Robust seed systems are central to sustainable food systems that are renewable, resilient, equitable, diverse, healthy, and interconnected. We also believe that there is an urgency to supporting community based and farmer managed seed systems in order to protect and enhance seed diversity. Recognizing this, the Global Alliance for the Future of Food commissioned experts […]
The National Semi Arid Resources Research Institute (NaSARRI) conducted participatory soil health assessments with farmers in Eastern Uganda using a soil toolkit by Smallholder Soil Health Assessment https://smallholder-sha.org/. This involved working directly with farmers to determine key soil health parameters including soil pH, phosphorus, particulate organic matter, macrofaunal, and soil texture in farmers’ fields without […]
African grain legumes such as cowpea, chickpea, and pigeon pea, are vulnerable to high levels of storage loss from a group of beetles known as bruchids. The metabolic activity of bruchids can also favor the growth of mycotoxin producing fungi in the product. Significant amounts of aflatoxin B1 and B2 ranging from 0.23 – 329.2 […]
Farmers in Burkina Faso and Mali face severe challenges, including the fragility and poverty of their soils, losses due to pests and diseases, and adversities related to climate change. The current situation is likely to worsen due to rapid population growth, extensive agriculture and livestock production, undervaluing of local knowledge and low use of improved […]
In Mali, agriculture and livestock contribute about 23 % of export income and 40 % of the country’s gross domestic income. From a general development perspective, the livestock component of agriculture can therefore contribute substantially to improve farm productivity and poverty alleviation. It is with this in mind that this study was initiated. It aims […]
Source: Ousmane M. Sanogo, Salif Doumbia, Katrien Descheemaeker
This presentation focused on different learning approaches applied in Malawi to support soil health innovations: Lead Farmer Farmer Filed School Farmer Research Farmer Research Networks They share the following characteristics: Active involvement of farmers in the learning process Farmers are given responsibilities to facilitate learning Based on experiential learning Learning by doing Based on social […]
Source: Frank Tchuwa
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Farm systems were re-designed together with farmers during three years (2013–2015) in Southern Mali with the aim to improve income without compromising food self-sufficiency. A cyclical learning model with three steps was used: Step 1 was the co-design of a set of crop/livestock technical options, Step 2 the on-farm testing and appraisal of these options […]
Herramienta para el registro agroclimático por agricultores A presentation made to the FRN working group on the “Pachagrama”. This is a tool developed in the Bolivian altiplano for farmers to record agro-climatic information to develop local weather forecasts.
A presentation made to the FRN working group sharing lessons about mobilizing local knowledge in support of agroecological intensification. Read seven key insights from an FRN in Burkina Faso about mobilizing local knowledge in the support of agroecological intensification
The project has been using a checklist of principles of experimentation for the last 3 years. However the principle of ‘Keeping good records of what you do and what you see’ has proved difficult to get accepted. What information do farmers consider valuable to their decision making processes? What information are farmers interested in? (what […]
A presentation made to the FRN working group about community-based phytosanitation to control cassava virus diseases in Uganda. The presentation examines increasing cassava productivity and incomes of fellow smallholder farmers in Teso sub-region through sustainable and inclusive access to improved farmer preferred virus cassavaseed.
Farmer Research Network (FRN) through a Participatory Action Research (PAR) approach for the Agroecology Transition (AT) in Chuquisaca –Bolivia. A presentation made to the FRN working group on a participatory action research process carried out in Bolivia with groups of farmers.
The CCRP Theory of Change (ToC) describes the broad systems change to which the CCRP contributes. The thematic intervention areas describe the more specific topics the CCRP invests in, as well as shorter-term outcome areas. The thematic areas are present throughout CCRP theoretical frameworks including regional ToCs, thematic ToCs, and project ToCs and are also […]
Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) released the Agroecology Knowledge Hub (AKH) in November 2016. “Agroecology is based on applying ecological concepts and principles to optimize interactions between plants, animals, humans and the environment while taking into consideration the social aspects that need to be addressed for a sustainable and fair food […]
Source: Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)
A presentation made to the FRN working group about research on the social and ecological drivers of potato seed degeneration and farmer-researcher sharing of good management practices in three highland communities in Ecuador. Research that asked the questions: What are the social and ecological drivers altering potato seed degeneration rates? What on-farm management practices are […]
Building Knowledge together: Designing farm level experimentation with multiple actors learning from multi-environments. A presentation made to the FRN working group on facilitating social learning through FRNs, based on research done in the Best Bets FRN in Malawi.