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 […]
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, […]
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 […]
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 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 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 […]
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 […]
A group of three Kenya based CCRP projects—FRN NGO, MLP, and AE Hub—have a keen interest in helping farmers to improve soil health, using knowledge-based and dialogue oriented approaches. The group is working with 347 Kenyan farmers affiliated with 8 NGOs. Farmers who belong to the FRN all struggle with the parasitic weed striga, which […]
Source: Beth Medvecky, AE Hub; The McKnight Foundation Collaborative Crop Research Program; Evans Odhiambo and Lilian Night; David Stern; FRN members
A presentation made to the FRN working group on exploring FRN as a way to identify and improve on-farm seed management practices in Ecuador. Sharing about an experience with 3 FRN groups researching potato seed issues.
A presentation made to the FRN working group on participatory research with quinoa farmers on the Bolivian altiplano. Read about the process of identifying a research question, designing the experiments, and recording and analyzing data with farmers.
A presentation made to the FRN working group on supporting the female farming system in Burkina Faso by moving towards agroecological methods and creating a (women’s) Bambara nut producers’ federation. It looks at institutionalizing farmer-researcher cooperation to increase research relevance and positive impacts for female farmers.
A presentation made to the FRN working group by David Ojuu on his visit to India. Read David Ojuu’s account from his time in India. Sites visited included: Amrita Bhoomischool in Karnataka state on Zero Budget Natural Farming Fireflies intercultural center-Sharing by Agroecology actors funded by AEF Field visits to Ecology school,and farmers on Zero […]
A presentation made to the FRN working group about scientists’ and farmers’ assessments of soil health. It is widely acknowledged that farmers understand much about their soils. This ‘local soil knowledge’ ( LSK ) is often expressed in terms different from scientists’ soil knowledge ( SSK). Soil knowledge can be distinguished in 3 areas; this […]
Fonio (Digitaria exilis) is a traditional cereal in West Africa, grown by women and men smallholder farmers, either as food crop to reduce impacts of the hungry period, to diversify their own diets, or to sell as cash crop. In addition to its role in food security in many areas of Mali, Burkina Faso, and […]
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
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.
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.